After a quick start to the 2013 season, the Eureka High School girls’ volleyball team looked to keep the momentum going at home last week.
The Lady Vandals welcomed Smith Valley into their gym on Friday evening and weren’t very polite hosts. Eureka jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the best of five series after taking down the Bulldogs in two close games, 25-22 and 26-24.
Smith Valley battled back to take game three from the home team 25-23, but Eureka was able to put them away for good in the fourth and final game, picking up the 25-16 win and winning the match 3-1.
“They (Smith Valley) were a good team and we had some very close hard fought matches,” said Eureka assistant coach Karl Watts. “We came from behind the first three games to win, and were able to dominate the last. It was a good win.”
Without much time for rest, the Lady Vandals were back on the floor the following day when Tonopah came to town, a team they knocked off in the Ely tournament two weeks earlier.
The Muckers took a 2-0 lead, winning the first two matches 25-23 and 25-19. The home team showed their toughness though, battling back to win the next two games, 25-17 and 26-14, to force a deciding fifth game. Tonopah jumped out to an early lead in the final match, and was able to hold off the Lady Vandals, picking up the 15-11 win and winning the game 3-2.
“That was a tough loss for us, but we were happy with the way we fought and came back after down 2-0,” Watts said. “Honestly the deciding fifth game is just too short. The first four games are played to 25, and the deciding game is only played to 15. It just happens so fast and doesn’t give teams a chance to get into a rhythm.”
The home split runs the Lady Vandals overall record to 4-2 on the year. Eureka will put that record to the test when they travel to Round Mountain this week for the third meeting already between the two teams. The Lady Vandals beat the Knights in the Ely tournament, and then again at home last week in Eureka.
“We feel really good about the team,” Watts said. “We’re the best show in town right now. We want people to come out and see for themselves.”
The junior varsity team was also in action last week, and fell to Smith Valley 2-1, (24-26, 25-15, 13-15) in the best of three series. The Lady Vandals bounced back the following day, beating Tonopah at home 2-0 (25-18, 25-17).