NOT MERELY content with one victory, the East Jackson volleyball team prevailed twice Thursday to end its winless streak.
The team is now 2-11 on the year.
The Eagles outlasted Madison County 20-25, 27-25, 25-14 and beat Cedar Shoals 25-13, 25-18. East Jackson coach Tim Thomas pointed to a pivotal moment in the team’s match with Madison County.
“We didn’t look good at all in the first set and a half with Madison,” Thomas said. “We dropped the first and were down 19-13 in the second when I called for a timeout. I don’t know what happened after that timeout, but somewhere along the way all the lights went on and we rode a 14-6 run to the win. The girls picked up a lot of confidence from that rally.”
Rosie Melendez then provided some “huge serves” early in the third game to spot the team an 11-4 lead.
“And it was never close after that,” Thomas said. “This is the way we know this group of girls can play. This is what we’ve been looking for out of them all month. The big challenge now is that we have to maintain that momentum through a long weekend and be able to come back strong after a whole week without a match.”
East Jackson swept Cedar Shoals in two games.
Angela Hulsey set a single-match school record with 11 assists against Madison County and had 14 on the night. Melendez finished with nine aces and nine kills. Madison Mealor finished with 16 kills.
It was a big night for the Eagle program all-around as the junior varsity notched two close wins against Madison County. East Jackson’s junior varsity is now 5-3.
“Our JV group plays with an incredible amount of effort and desire, and it paid off for them (Thursday) with two wins against a team that was also pretty good,” Thomas said.
East Jackson returns to action Thursday with home matches against Jackson County, Morgan County and Rabun County.