CECIL FOLDS/THE GREENVILLE STANDARD
Last Thursday the Fort Dale Lady Eagles hosted the Morgan Lady Senators in volleyball and lost 3-0. The Eagles took the court in their last home game for the season. In the first set, the Eagles kept the game close as the score went back and forth, but they wound up losing to the Senators 25-22. In the second set, again, the Lady Eagles fought hard as they kept the game close, but, again went down in defeat with the Senators coming out on top with the score 25-23.
By the third set, the young Lady Eagle team, with no reserves on the bench, was totally worn down as the Senators won 25-17 and took the Lady Eagles down three sets to none.
Coach Anderson said this has been a hard year and their record was not great, but as a young team they fought hard in every game with the seven players they have on the team. The same girls were on the court for every serve during the season with only one reserve on the bench to relieve players during the game .They played teams that would have four or five players on the bench who could give their players a break, but the only time Fort Dale players could get a break was when they had timeouts. By the time they reached the third set, the Lady Eagles were so tired it was hard for them to keep up the pace. Coach Anderson said she had a young team this season but also had some good players that would return next season and more players interested in playing next year. She believes she will have some reserves on the beach and be able to compete with the other schools. With only one senior on the team, the Lady Eagles should be much stronger next year with some seasoned players such as Bailey Coker, Christian Davis and Hannah Schofield.
The Lady Eagles will play in the first round of the AISA Volleyball tournament on Oct. 11 at Northside Academy.