The Circle volleyball team entered 2018 with a No. 7 ranking in class 4A. The Thunderbirds opened their season at home on Tuesday night, finishing 2-0 with wins over El Dorado and Augusta.

The Thunderbirds took on El Dorado in the first match of the triangular, with Circle coming out on top in two sets (25-22, 25-17).

“We started slow, but began to play the way we know we can by the end of the evening,” said Circle head coach Shelly Nibarger.

“We didn't serve well at all against El Dorado, missing nine serves for the match, which is way too many.”

After defeating El Dorado, the Thunderbirds finished the night with a win over Augusta in two sets (25-16, 25-12).

“I was extremely pleased with our balanced hitting attack. Jessie [Nibarger] did a nice job of spreading the ball around, which should make us more difficult to defend as the season goes along,” said Shelly Nibarger.

Jessie Nibarger finished the night with 36 assists. Shelby Reeder led the T-Birds wth 12 kills, and Alicia Banuelos contributed 20 digs.

Augusta was able to defeat El Dorado in two sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-17 to finish the night 1-1.

El Dorado is now 1-6 on the season, but head coach Alyssa Rawlings has faith that the Wildcats will start putting some wins together.

“We’ve had lots of close sets in our six games, so once we start finishing, I think the season will take off. We’re still just ironing our changes out.”

The Wildcats will play at home for the first time this season on Tuesday, September 4 against Andale and Clearwater.

Augusta will travel to Buhler next Tuesday.