Times Staff Reporter
The Clay City volleyball team claimed a sectional victory over White River Valley on Thursday night, 3-0.
The first game proved tough for both teams to pull ahead, until the Eels finally took control and won 29-27.
Head Coach Lu Anne Anderson said her team settled in the second game winning 25-12.
The Eels carried the strong play into the third game and closed out the match with a 25-17 win.
Anderson said her team was a little bit off, but she was happy for the victory.
"I'm just happy we came out of there with a win," Anderson said.
"It wasn't one of our prettiest matches by far, but you have to realize we haven't played a match since Saturday, so we're a little bit rusty."
We came out a little bit nervous; we'll fix those problems."
Anderson said despite her team being rusty they still did some things well.
"I think we did a really nice job of hitting the ball tonight, we took a lot of nice swings at the net," Anderson said.
"We were very aggressive and we were able to find open spots on the court.
I think we passed decently; we got aced a couple times, but for the most part we were there ready to receive the ball."
The Eels were lead all night behind the strong play of Halli Brewer, Brielle Drelick and Asie Jeffers, who had seven, 13 and nine kills respectively.
Next, the Eels will play Eminence, Saturday, in the second round of sectionals. It is scheduled to start after the 11 a.m. match between Shakamak and Union.
Anderson said she knows what she has to do to prepare her team for Saturday's match.
"We know going into Saturday, Eminence is going to be a tough team," Anderson said.
"We have to just be prepared (and) we're taking it one match at a time; we can't overlook anybody (and) we have to respect everyone.
Right now everyone is gunning for us and wants to beat us we just have to rise to the occasion and play."
Emmie Kittle had 28 assists for the Eels and Chloe Kittle added seven with Meeghan Riggs adding eight digs to go with nine from Callie Dayhuff.
Class A Clay City