Lady Cougars top Meadowview Christian 3-1; girls wear yellow ribbons for childhood cancer awareness
Published 3:22 pm Friday, September 2, 2022
Escambia Academy beat Meadowview Christian School 3-1 (25-14, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22) Thursday night to open AISA Class 1A, Region 2 play at home.
With the victory, the Lady Cougars improved to 4-4 overall. EA began the season 1-3.
EA volleyball coach Larry Bonds said before the girls played Thursday, he knew they were going to play hard.
“They did that,” Bonds said. “As long as they played the game the right way, that’s just about hustling and having good hits. They did just fine.”
EA coasted to a first-game victory during the region contest. The Lady Cougars led 17-12 in the second game, bringing a strong serving and attacking game.
In game three, EA took a big lead, but lost it late. In the decider, the Lady Cougars battled to the end, deciding to make it four-game result instead of five.
Caitlin Lanham hit seven aces and was 16-of-18 on service points; Tiffany Gookin was 20-of-21 in service points with five aces; Kate Davis was a perfect 13-of-13 with three aces; Tava Johnson was 18-of-19 with seven aces; and Paisley Donaldson was 10-of-11 in service points.
Davis and Gookin led EA with seven kills each.
Bonds said Anna Chesley Robinson and Zyneria McNeil also had a good match.
Bonds said the girls have been practicing hard.
“Last night, that showed what their hard work has accomplished,” he said. “They know that they have a long way to go, but they have it in the right direction.”
During the match, EA’s girls were wearing yellow ribbons for childhood cancer awareness in honor of Ana-Lois Mercer, a 2 year old is battling leukemia.
The Lady Cougars host Lighthouse Christian next Tues., Sept. 6. JV begins at 4 p.m. with varsity following afterward.