Getting to Vicksburg early will be a priority for the Eddies Varsity Volleyball team as Vicksburg is the host to the Volleyball Regional Semi-Finals and Regional Finals this year. At 5:30 today, The Eddies can take in the needed scout time as they watch Hamilton play Lakeshore(Stevensville). The Eddies got to see Hamilton play first hand at the Early Gull Lake Invitational in August. They also have played and defeated Lakeshore several times this year. The outcome of that match will help the Eddies understand what they must do to win a Regional Championship.
Then at 7 pm, The Eddies are slated to take the court against a very familiar foe: Plainwell. The Eddies and Plainwell met for a regular season conference match at Plainwell. The Eddies took it in 3, scoring 25-14, 25-18, 25-13. Plainwell proved to be a scrappy team but a challenge the Eddies are eager for tonight. The Eddies adjusted to the Plainwell defense and attacked from all angles with 9 kills from Senior Captain outside hitter Skye Leach, 8 kills from outside hitter Skyelar Burlingham, 8 kills from right side hitter Brooke Allen, and 6 kills from middle hitter Jocelyn Hack. Senior Captain setter Claire Alby registered 27 assists, 2 blocks and 4 kills of her own. Defensively, the Eddies were led by Senior Star Libero Megan Gallagher who has been ruling the back row all season, had 30 digs while Skye Leach had 17 and Claire Alby and Brooke Allen had 10 and 7. Blocking the ball is a vital component of what the Eddies do to disrupt their opponent’s offense and Junior middle Jocelyn Hack and Brooke Allen both had 4 with Senior middle Anna Hull blocking 3 kill attempts. One great addition to this matchup is going to be Sophomore defensive specialist Brooklyn Broadway who was out for the previous matchup vs. Plainwell with a concussion she suffered making a miraculous save during the narrow loss to #5 Coopersville at the Caledonia Invitational.
The Eddies, coming off dominating victories against Paw Paw, Vicksburg and Niles to win the District Championship and with the Wolverine Conference Championship hardware already collected, looks like a much different team than what Plainwell saw previously. The Eddies, reminiscent of a college level team have grown into a well-balanced force that may be impossible to rattle. 5 seniors lead the way with a huge amount of talent coming up right behind them. The Eddies program takes another large step, reaching the Regional Championship for the second year in a row with a victory tonight.
Hear all the action live here at 7 pm tonight.
– Joshua Leach