Eagles blast past the Knights

Sweep their way into the quarterfinals

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles girls volleyball team blasted their way through the first round Thursday night as they dismantled the Bullard Knights 3-0 winning 25-14, 25-14, 25-20. The Templeton gym looked like a rally for a Duck Dynasty reunion as the theme for Thursday’s game was camouflage and every kid in attendance was wearing various shades of green and brown.

Senior Jena Kelly opened the proceedings by singing the National Anthem and then opened the game by scoring the first point on an absolute rocket that set the tone for the evening. Kelly was swinging her arm through the ball harder than Paul Bunyan could swing an ax and the crowd would rain down, “ooh's” and, “ahh’s” as her shots hit several girls straight in the chest. Not to be outdone, Camryn Roth registered the hardest kill of the night as one of her shots bounced off a Bullard defender with enough force to ricochet off the ceiling.

The Eagles top weapon Thursday night was their ability to serve, something that they have been working on quite a bit in recent weeks.

“We have been practicing a lot on serving,” Senior Cheyenne Rice said following the game. “Because we were having a rough patch throughout league and we kind of just fixed it by practicing a lot, and I think we had a lot of adrenaline going and we knew what we needed to do so we just picked it up.”

With the first round victory, the Eagles will be at home again in the quarterfinals on Tuesday and will face a familiar opponent in the San Luis Obispo Tigers who squeaked out a 3-2 win in the first round against Tulare Union.

The story will be updated soon.


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