By Darryl Warner
The Skyline varsity volleyball team has been road warriors since the beginning of the season. Excluding tournament matches on weekends, the Eagles have traveled 275 miles to play conference opponents.
On Tuesday night the Eagles traveled to Temperance Bedford High School to take on the Kicking Mules. Skyline entered the game with only one conference loss while Bedford entered the game undefeated in conference play. Bedford proved to be a tough opponent for the Eagles as they won the best out of five games, but not before the Eagles handed them their first loss. Bedford won the match 3-1.
In game one, the Eagles started out strong taking an early 10-4 lead, led by kills from Olivia Cristian, Kendall Murray and great team defense from McKenna Pfeffer, and Maddies Sackman. Bedford fought back to close the score 12-11 before Coach Cristian called a timeout. Bedford eventually tied the score at 14-14, but Skyline would not relinquish the lead. The score remained within one point and tied at 22-22 before Cristian tipped the ball to center court and Bedford called timeout with the score 23-22. Skyline won game one 25-22 following a block by Murray.
In game two, Bedford jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before Coach Cristian called a timeout to gather his troops. Skyline answered with a kill from Murray, blocks by Sasha Akuezue, and a kill by Cristian to narrow the lead to 8-4. The Eagles continued to play hard and fight for points but could not close the gap on the Kicking Mules. Bedford won game two 25-15. Game two was highlighted by aces from Lauren Lee, Cristian, four kills from Murray and two kills from Cristian.
Skyline got back on track in game three keeping the score tied at 9-9, which was highlighted by kills from Nora Hollaron, Cristian, and Murray. Bedford went on a 9-2 run to open the lead to 18-11. Skyline called timeout and answered with two consecutive points from Cristian and Halloran to close the gap to 18-13. Skyline would go on to score only two more point and loss game three 25-15.
Game four continued to be a tough match for both teams. The Eagles could not break away early as the score was tied at 7-7, highlighted with kills from Cristian and Murray. Bedford opened the score to 11-7 before Coach Cristian called timeout. Skyline responded with two kills from Cristian and a block from Halloran to close the lead to 12-11. With a steady defense from Akuezue, Murray, and Rin Sato, Skyline remained within three points with the score 19-16. Skyline continued to play hard but only scored one more point and Bedford won game four 25-17.
The Eagles are currently 10-4 in conference play and look forward to playing their first home match this coming Tuesday, Oct. against Ann Arbor Huron.