By: Alexandria Dominguez
The Eastwood Volleyball team reigned victorious over the Montwood Rams on Friday and the El Dorado Aztecs on Tuesday.
Coming into the match against Montwood, the Trooper Volleyball team was determined to refocus and overcome their precedent tough loss to Franklin. With Eastwood being 3-3 in district play, this game was crucial in proving where they stand as a team. Ultimately, the team proved that they will maintain their determination to be first in district 1-5A by shutting out the Montwood Rams, three sets to none, with results of 25-22, 25-15, and 25-23.
Players seemed to be in good spirits with this win. “I think we played amazing. We’re finally clicking as a team, playing together, and working with each other’s flaws” said senior Alex Serna. “We definitely served aggressively and moved the ball around a lot on our offensive plays which made it easier for us to get kills and a lot harder for Montwood to get blocks against us,” Serna added.
Since the start of the season, the team has been making some great improvements. “It took us a little while to get used to each other’s playing styles, but now that we have, we play so much more consistently. I have very high expectations for us for the second round of district play” Serna concluded.
Following the clean sweep over the Rams, the Troopers were looking to further their winning record and defeat the El Dorado Aztecs for a second time during this district season. Eastwood was dominant once again and managed to pull off another shutout, with the match ending in set scores of 25-18, 25-22, and 25-22.
“We played very hard and focused, yet we still had fun with it. They came out stronger than we had expected, however, we were still able to take the win,” said senior Sarah Skelton.
In their earlier match against the Aztecs, the Troopers seemed “off balance due to some injuries that occurred preventing the original line-up to take effect” Skelton also said. “But in this game, we were well-practiced in the line-up that we used.”
District playoffs seem to be in the reach of the Eastwood Volleyball team.
These two crucial wins bring Eastwood to 5-3 in district. “If we continue to stay dedicated and work hard,” Skelton said, “there’s no doubt in my mind that with our heart and group of girls, we will make playoffs.”