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Bald Eagle Area cruises to win over Central

Bald Eagle Area 3, Central 0

CEN 18   5 14

BEA 25 25 25

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – Celebrating on Senior Night!

Nine Bald Eagle Area senior volleyball players were honored Tuesday night in their final regular season home game against a feisty Central team.

After a slow beginning in the first game, the Lady Eagles came clawing back, sweeping the Dragons 3-0 (25-18, 25-5, 25-14).

“It took us a little while to get going and then once we did we really started to click. We got back to our old selves,” said Bald Eagle Area coach Zach Rote. “we went back to what we’ve been doing all year. That’s playing good defense which leads into good offense.”

The Eagles head into the post season with a strong 26-3-1 and a Laurel Highlands record of 9-1.

In the first match, Central roared out to an early 4-1 lead as they were strong at the net and forced the Eagles to over hit their marks, sending returns long.

Bald Eagle would slowly chip their way back into the game tying things at five.

But the Dragons Kaitlyn Weitzel went on a roll on the service line, posting three consecutive service points, extending their lead to 9-5.

The two would go head-to-head as the Eagles would gain back a point at a time and would go on a mini run with Gabrielle Perry at the serving line. She would help cut the Central lead to 13-12.

Later the Eagles tied things at 15. From there, the veteran leadership of Bald Eagle would help distance their opponent.

Taylor Hall put the Eagles ahead as she opened her first serve with an ace. Her other two serves resulted in a long return and a net violation, putting the Lady Eagles in the lead 17-15.

From there, the Eagles were able to keep their distance, outlasting the Dragons 25-18.

In the second game, it was all Bald Eagle.

With the game tied at one, the Eagles sent Olivia Taylor to the serving line where she reeled off 16 consecutive service points. The first three were aces.

Highlighting the run were spikes from  Perry and Mya Brooks.

With the score holding at 18-2, the Eagles continued their domination finishing out the game with a 25-5 victory.

Offensively, the Eagles finished off the night with a 25-14 win.

That ended the regular season for the Eagles as they now wait to see who their opponent will be in the District 6 opener.

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