Monday, December 18, 2017
Vienna’s Breanna Russell (#8) makes a play as Harley McIlwain looks on during last Thursday’s match with NCOE.

VHS Volleyball faces setbacks

Vienna’s Breanna Russell (#8) makes a play as Harley McIlwain looks on during last Thursday’s match with NCOE.
Vienna’s Breanna Russell (#8) makes a play as Harley McIlwain looks on during last Thursday’s match with NCOE.

By Mike McGinnis

The Vienna High School volleyball team lost a two set match to visiting Eldorado last Monday night, by the scores of 25-17, 25-16.

In the first set, with the score tied at 5-5, the Lady Eagles went on a 5-1 run to go ahead 10-6. Eldorado answered with a 5-0 spurt to take an 11-10 lead. The Lady Eagles then tied it at 11-11 before a kill by Maranda Chance put Vienna back in front 12-11, but from there, Eldorado outscored the Lady Eagles 9-2 to take control at 20-14. The second set was a close contest in the early going. The score was tied at 10-10 when Eldorado scored five unanswered points to take a 15-10 lead. The Lady Eagles narrowed the gap to 15-12, but could get no closer the rest of the way. In the freshman contest, Eldorado defeated Vienna in two sets, while Vienna’s JV squad defeated Eldorado in three sets, 17-25, 25-11, 15-12.

The Lady Eagles play Zeigler-Royalton next Thursday (Oct. 10) at Vienna, with the JV match set to start at 6:15 p.m.

On Thursday of last week, the Lady Eagles dropped a match to NCOE in two sets, 29-27, 25-12, in a non-conference contest at Vienna.

In the first set, Vienna jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Cardinals ran off four straight points to get within 6-4. NCOE tied it at 14-14, then used a 5-0 run to go ahead 19-14. Vienna rallied to tie it at 24-24 and took a 25-24 lead on a service point by Danielle Phillips, but the Cardinals closed out the set with a 5-2 run for the win.

The score was tied, 6-6, in the second set when NCOE outscored the Lady Eagles 7-1 to take a 13-7 lead. The Cardinals stayed in control the rest of the way to win the match.

At the Massac County Superman Slam tournament, which was held on Saturday, Sept. 21, the Lady Eagles finished tourney play with a 2-2 record. In the opening match, Vienna lost to host Massac County in two sets, 25-17, 25-10. The Lady Eagles then defeated Cobden in three sets, 26-24, 24-26, 15-13. In their third match, Vienna lost to Centralia in two sets, by the scores of 25-15, 25-16. The Lady Eagles closed out the tournament with a two set victory over Paducah Tilghman, 25-16, 25-21. Vienna’s Maranda Chance was named to the all-tournament team.