Eagle volleyball team falls to Panthers in four games

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
South Putnam's Katie Hewitt tips the ball over the net to keep the ball in play during the second game against Riverton Parke. (Banner Graphic/JAY LOCKETT)

The Eagles are a very athletic volleyball team and are focused on making themselves better.

Though they loss to Riverton Parke on Tuesday in four sets, the Eagles are determined to become a more sound volleyball team.

I think that maintaining our intensity is a big thing," Eagle coach Kristin Hendrich said. "We came out really ready to go tonight and then it just kind of faded. We have to stay positive with one another and keep encouraging one other. We have to keep moving our feet. Sometimes they are moving their feet really well and other times it's kind of slow motion. Those are the three most important things."

Blaze Bottorf (Banner Graphic/JAY LOCKETT)

After a first game 26-24 win, the Eagles lost three consecutive games to the Panthers, 25-15, 25-10 and 25-6.

Conveying the message of sustaining intensity, Hendrich uses activities in practice to keep the thought in the players' minds.

"One thing we do is a lot of conditioning to try to keep them in shape," Hendrich said. "We really encourage our two captains, Katie Hewitt and Emily Dobson to really take charge out there and to keep everybody up beat. They do a good job of that. It really takes the whole team to come together so we do a lot of team building activities to try to encourage that."

Emily Dobson (Banner Graphic/ JAY LOCKETT)

On Thursday South Putnam will get its first look at North Putnam before the Putnam County Tournament next week. The team's focus will be on itself and improving to use its athletic players to its advantage.

"We do lots and lots of drills to try and get their quick feet moving," Hendrich said. "We do some simulation drills and scrimmaging to just kind of beat it into their head and they've improved dramatically. We just have to keep at it."

At South Putnam

Riveton Parke 24 25 25 25

South Putnam 26 15 10 6

Individual Stats

Katie Hewitt 3 kills, Mackenzi Meyers 2 kills 5 aces, Lillie Stein 4 aces, Taylor VanSickle 6 assists, Miranda Bieghler 5 assists

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