Eagles Prepare for a Busy Week on the Road

Photo Credit: Jamie Schmidt
Photo Credit: Jamie Schmidt

ANKENY, Iowa—An exhilarating first-set win against Calvary did not provide enough momentum for the Faith Eagles volleyball team Friday night, as they fell to the Warriors, three sets to one. Now, they enter a brutal stretch of road games throughout most of the rest of October.

Set One

The Eagles and Warriors volleyed back and forth throughout the first set. Faith held a late lead at 22-18 and appeared in control until the Warriors struck for six straight points and were one point away from the set win. A kill by Alicia Smith and an error by the Warriors tied it at 24 each. After a 27-27 tie, Bekah Smith delivered two consecutive kills to win the set for the Eagles.

Set Two

A consistent dose of service aces and kills by the Warriors put the Eagles into a hole they could never recover from in set two. Calvary built a 20-7 lead, and never looked back, winning the set 25-12.

Set Three

Calvary used its momentum from set two to jump to a 5-1 lead in set three. A pair of spirited rallies by the Eagles brought them to within a point (18-17), but Calvary finished the set with four kills in their final seven points to win, 25-18.

Set Four

The Eagles showed great heart and effort in the fourth set, jumping to a commanding 15-5 lead. Then, the wheels fell off. Seven kills by the Warriors brought them all the way back to within four at 19-15. The combination of Leah Grady and Anna Holloway sealed the match win for the Warriors, as they accounted for five more kills down the stretch to defeat the Eagles, 25-23.

Notable Performances

Faith was led by Bekah Smith with 14 points overall (13 kills) and Alicia Smith with 12 points off of 12 kills. Alicia also had 25 digs.

Up Next

The Eagles have a busy week ahead with four road contests. The first is at Kansas Christian College on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.