Lady Eagles Serve Up Season Opening Win Over Whitfield
Sullivan hung on to a tight margin Monday at Whitfield.
After dropping the first set to the Warriors 25-21, Sullivan rallied for 25-22 and 25-23 wins, giving the Lady Eagles a season opening victory on the road.
Lady Eagles head coach Sarah Rochleau said the match went down to the wire and a big second half was needed in the second set.
“Offensively, we performed well, attacking with over 20 percent efficiency,” Rochleau said, also praising the team’s serving power.
“Our passing game struggled, though, and we had some breakdowns in communication that really gave Whitfield opportunities to score some easy points.”
Freshman Rylee Denbow led an impressive night at the service line for the Lady Eagles, tallying six aces. Denbow added 14 points, eight assists and one block.
As a team, Sullivan finished with 18 aces on 69 serves.
Hailey Volkmann also had a big impact at the line with five aces. Volkmann appeared in just four sets last season, but the junior middle blocker provided nine points, three kills and one assist.
Riley Lock had nine points and three aces to go along with seven assists, five kills and one block.
Katie Creek chipped in with four points, two aces, seven kills and one block. Mallory Shetley had three points and led the team with nine kills, eight assists and one block.
Shetley and Kya Harbour also had aces. Harbour finished with three points, three kills and one block.