Times Staff Reporter
CLAY CITY -- The Clay City volleyball team hosted the Eastern Greene Thunderbirds on the Eel's senior night, hoping to get an upset against the one-loss Thunderbirds. However, Clay City fell short of their goal, losing the game in a three-set sweep, 25-12, 25-17, and 25-11. Clay City seniors LaKyla Cook, Shelby Hane, Lynsey Higgins and Olivia Schindler were honored before the game.
The game did not start out well for the Eels. Clay City quickly fell into a 9-5 hole, but before they could retaliate, Eastern Greene racked up seven straight points.
Clay City didn't lose faith or give up during the set. However, that demoralizing blow was too much for the Eels to recover from, and they lost the set 25-12.
The second set was a story of recovery for Clay City. Even though they fell behind 9-5 quickly yet again, the Eels played much better in the second set.
"As the match went along, got to more of their balls," Clay City head coach Lu Anne Anderson said. "We dug up more balls."
With the score 22-12 in favor of Eastern Greene, the Eels didn't give in. They dug in. Clay City fought the score back to 24-17, with junior Brielle Drelick contributing with one of her four kills on the night.
However it just wasn't enough for the Eels, as the Thunderbirds scored the next point to give Eastern Greene the victory for the set.
Senior Lynsey Higgins was superb not only in the second set, where she recorded an exciting ace, but she was also superb in the entire game.
"Lynsey was Lynsey. She had some good swings up there," Anderson said. "I wish we could've got her the ball more than we did. We didn't find her enough for my liking."
Clay City entered the third set with an uphill climb ahead of them to come back to get the victory. The Eels started the set close with the Thunderbirds, opening the set down only two, 6-4. However, Eastern Greene went on a dominating tear, scoring 19 of the next 26 points to end the set, and the game at 25-11.
After the game, Anderson offered nothing but high praise for her opponents.
"Credit their defense and their serving. They took away a lot of our swings," Anderson said. "We usually get a lot more offensive production and they shut us down tonight."
Clay City's next contest is Saturday morning at Cascade's invitational at 10:15 a.m.