After starting the season on a high note, going 5-0 at the Winfield Invitational, the El Dorado volleyball team suffered two losses to Circle and Rose Hill. The Rockets took home the 4A-D1 state championship last fall, so the Wildcats knew they were facing a tough test. The first set was back and forth as neither team ever led by more than three points. El Dorado capitalized on many Rose Hill mistakes in order to keep it close and even take a late lead, before eventually losing 25-27. In the second set, the Rockets started to separate themselves and went on to beat El Dorado 25-17.
El Dorado took on Circle in the second match of the day as the first set went back and forth, but Circle would eventually edge the Wildcats 25-23. The second set was a close one as well as the Thunderbirds came out on top by a score of 25-22.
"I was proud of the way we bounced back against El Dorado in our second match. said Circle head coach Shelly Nibarger.
“I thought our setters, Jessie Nibarger and Shelby Reeder, did a good job of spreading their sets around but also recognizing the hot hitters late in the match."
Nibarger finished the night with 15 assists, while Reeder had 11.
"I thought Mallory Cowman played well in her first varsity match."
Cowman finished the night with eight kills and eight blocks. Reeder finished with eight kills, and Nibarger had six.
"We served well against El Dorado, 47 out of 49 with 3 aces, which was something we struggled with a little against Rose Hill."
The Thunderbirds lost to Rose Hill in their opening match by scores of 16-25 and 10-25.
The Thunderbirds are now 1-1, while El Dorado has a record of 5-2.
Circle will travel to Augusta on Tuesday. El Dorado will host a Triangular on Tuesday starting at 5 pm.