Paige Lyons had eight aces and 18 assists, Sadie Hampton had six kills and five aces and the Eureka High volleyball team rolled over cross-town rival St. Bernard’s in straight sets Tuesday night by scores of 25-18, 25-3 and 25-23.
Eureka head coach Rachel Evans said her team rebounded from a slow start to play a quality night of volleyball in the win.
“I think the girls underestimated how scrappy of a team St. Bernard’s is,” Evans said. “But, we got it going in the second set and woke up, and played how we are capable of.”
St. Bernard’s (0-9) stuck with Eureka (7-2) throughout the majority of the first set. Five service errors on behalf of the Loggers as well as a lack of communication allowed the Crusaders to take several one-point leads throughout the early and mid stages of the set. Eureka managed to pull ahead and win the set after Hampton served four straight aces to pull ahead of the Crusaders and close out the first set.
“Sadie has been coming on string for us,” Evans said. “She’s a super solid player with great hands and a good attitude.”
The second set was much less competitive as Eureka scored eight straight points to begin the set and only pulled further away as the set went on. Eureka’s powerful middle blocker Makaila Napoleon had several big shots on Tuesday night, many of which came in the second set. Napoleon finished with two kills and five assists.
The third set was much closer as Eureka turned to its bench to finish out the game. The Loggers’ second-string proved too much for St. Bernard’s, however, as they edged out the Crusaders by a margin of 25-23 to finish of the victory in straight-sets.
Eureka will open up its Big 5 Conference play on Thursday when it travels to the Friendly City to face Fortuna (5-6) at 6:30 p.m.