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Lady Cougars to vie for area title Thursday

Escambia Academy’s Lady Cougars are going to give everything they have as they vie for the AISA Class 2A, Area 2 volleyball title tomorrow night against Jackson Academy.

Also senior night, EA’s girls enter the contest on a 6-1 streak after dispatching Monroe Academy 3-0 (32-30, 25-16, 25-23) on Tuesday night. If EA wins tomorrow, then it will host the first round of the regional.

EA volleyball coach Larry Bonds said he’s been proud of the girls this season.

“These girls are going to give it everything they’ve got,” Bonds said. “They’re going to give it their all, and put themselves in a good chance to win.”

Bonds said the last time the girls play Jackson, it was a close match. EA won 3-1 during the road contest earlier this eason.

“They were all close matches,” he said. “Our girls know they’re going to be in a dog fight (tomorrow night). I think our girls are ready to answer the call. It’s been a long time since EA won the area championship.”

Bonds said the girls are starting to come together as a team at the right time. At present, the Lady Cougars are 7-4 on the season.

“After a slow start, they didn’t quit,” he said. “They have practiced hard, and really improved their skills.”

First serve is slated for around 6:15 p.m.