Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


October 23, 2013

Eagles complete undefeated pool play in EIC

ST. ELMO — St. Elmo/Brownstown completed an undefeated campaign in Egyptian Illini Conference pool play on Tuesday, sweeping Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran in two sets.

The Eagles, who are the top seed in the EIC tournament, gave up four quick points to the Stallions in the first set, but went on a five-point run to take the lead. The Stallions tied the set, 9-9, before the Eagles pulled away.

The Eagles scored seven consecutive points, taking a 16-9 lead over Christ Our Rock and finished up a first-set win, despite the Stallions scoring six late points to lose by nine, 25-16.

SEB head coach Elise Asher said her team had eight hitting errors in the first set, after spotting Christ Our Rock four points to begin the game.

Christ Our Rock hung around to begin the second set, trailing 6-5 early on, bet the Eagles took control and a 17-10 lead – finishing the set with a 25-15 win.

“We're slow starters, which has unfortunately been kind of a mark for us lately,” Asher said. “I wasn't terribly upset with it, knowing that the offense that we were running looked good.”

Courtney Howard was a part of that offense with her team-high seven kills, while Gabi Moore added six more and Emily Bone had four.

Asher said her team reached a game-by-game goal to serve well, led by Erica Behl's four aces and Bethany Oberlink's three. Behl also led the team with eight assists.

“We might have missed one serve in the match,” Asher said. “We served really well.”

The win completed a 3-0 run in Pool A of the EIC tournament, which started on Monday when the Eagles beat Patoka and Ramsey, each in two sets; however, the game against Christ Our Rock was the closest of the three.

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