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.

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“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.