ELIZABETHTOWN — The Lady Eagles played bad hosts on Thursday, thumping the visiting Lady Knights in straight sets on the volleyball court for a 25-21, 25-10 and 25-20 Four County Conference win.
The win improves East Bladen to 6-7 overall and 3-4 in the conference, while West Bladen drops to 5-8 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
The Lady Eagles’ Lexie Mendell was a force at the net with eight kills and four blocks, and teammate Lacey Suggs came up big at the net and service line with 16 service winners, eight aces and six kills. Claire Campbell chipped in four kills and three aces, while Miller Heutess contributed 11 assists, 10 service points and two kills for East Bladen.
On the other side of the net, West Bladen’s Morgan Schumacher pounded in nine service winners and a pair of kills, while teammate Kathryn Schultz had six kills and a block. Lorna Smith contributed four kills for the Lady Knights and Logan Autry added three kills for West Bladen. Kassidy Anderson chipped in with a pair of kills.
East, West get wet
Unlike their meeting on Sept. 3, the Lady Eagles of East Bladen are giving the visiting Lady Knights of West Bladen a run in their Four County Conference match.
Thursday’s match was cut short by rain with West Bladen holding a slim 4-3 edge.
The first time the two teams got together, which was also East Bladen’s first match of the season, the Lady Knights took a 9-0 win in Dublin.
“They have gotten better,” said West Bladen coach Jeff Atkinson. “I figured it would be a close match and you can tell with the two tiebreakers that we had. We have got to get more consistent in our strokes. We are making too many unforced errors. I guess that’s the sign of a young team. We have to stay mental focused.”
On Thursday, the Lady Eagles showed that improvement, winning three of the six singles matches. West’s Amber Ludlum took a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1; East’s Justyna Gargala took a tough 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 win at No. 2; East’s Cassie Hill earned a hard-fought 7-6, 1-6, 1-0 win at No. 3; West’s Madison Singletary took a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 4; East’s Ting Lin got a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5; and West’s Conner Brisson knotted things up with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 6.
In doubles, only one match was completed before things were postpo0ned until Monday. In that match, West Bladen’s No. 3 team of Haley Dimery and Brisson took an easy 8-1 win. The No. 1 doubles match was halted with West Bladen’s Ludlum and Amber Long holding a 7-1 edge, while East’s Maddie West and Trinity Carroll were knotted at 5-5 with West’s Helen Lopez and Singletary.