Sep

28

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 28, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson


The Scrubs pose with their shirts after winning the championship game in the co-ed league portion of the Gone But Not Forgotten Tournament September 20 at the Gun Barrel City Park. The tournament was held in memory of Dallas firefighter and former Kemp resident Scott Tanksley.

Sep

25

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 25, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson Eustace’s junior Marchalla Padgett leaps for a kill Sept. 19 against Malakoff. Eustace won the match in five games to claim victory.

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson
Eustace’s junior Marchalla Padgett leaps for a kill Sept. 19 against Malakoff. Eustace won the match in five games to claim victory.


By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs defeated the Malakoff Lady Tigers in five sets to claim their first victory in district play (1-2).
Eustace came out of the gate strong, winning their first two matches 25-10 and 25-23 to take the early lead two games to zero.
Malakoff fought back and won game three, 25-15 and a close game four, 25-23, before the Lady Bulldogs put the nail in the coffin and won game five, 15-6.
Abra Roberts led Eustace with seven aces and 24 assists; Kasey Lopez added 14 kills, and an assist, and Marshalla Padgett paced the team with three digs. Grace Holcombe added six aces, two kills, one assist and two digs; Taylor Peebles had six aces, 11kills; Makenzie Abbott had two aces and three kills; Michelle Gomez had seven kills and nine assists; and Ashley Purselley added one ace, one kill and five assists.
The Lady ’Dogs set their goals on a winning record when they face district opponent Frankston Sept. 26 at home.

Sep

21

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 21, 2014

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor

EUSTACE–The Lady Bulldogs volleyball team dropped to 0-2 in district play after losing a close five game match to Mildred Sept. 16 in Eustace.
Eustace lost the first game 17-25, but came back to win the next two 26-24 and 25-18. The Lady ’Dogs put themselves in position to win the match, but Mildred squeezed out a game four victory 22-25. Midlred’s close win forced a fifth game, Eustace fell 9-15 and walked away with a loss.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action Sept. 23 when West Rusk comes to Eustace.
Taylor Peebles led Eustace with five aces while contributing four kills, one assist and one dig. Kasey Lopez was the team leader in kills with nine and added two aces. Marshalla Padgett led the Lady ’Dogs in blocks and digs with three apiece. Abra Roberts was the head of the pack in assists with 15, while adding four aces and one dig. Also contributing for Eustace was Ashley Purselley with four assists and one dig, Eva Barcenas with two digs, Grace Holcombe with two aces and three kills, Michelle Gomez with eight kills, one block and six assists, McKenzie Abbott with three kills, three aces and one dig and Whitney Boerner added one assist.
Head Coach Chuck Powers said the next three games for Eustace are crucial to the success of the season.
“Our upcoming games are must wins,” he said. “We need to find a way to win them. The games are all on our home court and if we don’t win, we will be too far behind to compete in district. But I know they can do it. District scores are very close and everyone is beating everybody. Even the zero win schools are very competitive in their losses.”
The Lady Bulldogs will need to be at their best to make the playoffs. Powers says the team is playing close, competitive games, but falling just a bit short.
“The game was a very good game, but we lost it,” he said. “It was hard fought, but we let it slip away at the end. We’ve been having trouble finishing games all year.”