Home matches short, sweet
With one authoritative kill after another Tuesday evening, the Eudora High School volleyball team pounded its way to sweeps over West Franklin and Wellsville.
The Cardinals defeated West Franklin, 25-17, 25-14, before ending the night with a two-game sweep over Wellsville, 25-17, 25-14.
"I thought we played better tonight, especially defensively," Eudora volleyball coach Jill Stutler said. "We picked it up. We had a few more touches on some blocks, which was nice to see. We had our serving a little bit more under control than the last week. We came out and made a statement tonight."
Eudora improved to 7-0 overall on the season. It will next put its perfect record on the line Sept. 22 as the team travels to the Tonganoxie Invitational.
EHS also hosted senior night for seniors Kaitlyn Werst, Catherine Klotz, Elaina Kouri, Nikki Snider, Theresa Harper and Kayci Vickers.
After a slow start to the first match, it appeared the Cardinals were ready to play in the final match against Wellsville. Eudora managed to storm out to a 7-2 lead to start things off.
However, the Eagles scored the next three points to pull back to within two.
It wasn't long, though, before EHS began to put some distance on the scoreboard.
Before Wellsville could recover, the Cardinals had built a 20-12 advantage.
Game two started off a little slower as the two teams traded points early. However, after a 5-1 run capped off by a Haley Epperson kill, the Eagles were forced into another timeout.
Wellsville continued to have trouble passing the ball and Eudora took full advantage of it. After building a sizable lead, though, the Cardinals were finally able to abide by the coach's wishes and shut the door on the match as Snider's final shot found its way to the floor to end the game and the match.
"We had talked about trying to do a better job of finishing and not letting teams back in it," Stutler said. "The last couple of weeks, we have allowed teams to creep back in it and make it a much closer game than what we should have. We saw more positives tonight."
The opening match began with Eudora jumping out to an 8-2 lead over West Franklin. The Falcons fought back to within a point at 15-14, but Eudora finished the game on a 10-3 run to capture the first game.
In game two, the two teams battled it out early before Eudora managed to grab a 9-8 advantage. The team never trailed for the remainder of the contest as the game ended as Epperson tipped an overpass to floor for the final point to seal the win.
Snider turned in a solid offensive effort as she led the team with 18 kills.
"We had better ball control up front to get her the ball to do that," Stutler said. "We can still tweak some things overall defensively. There was a lot of progress tonight and I am happy with it."