Even after calling up players from the Junior Varsity due to a shortage of players the Pleasanton Lady Eagles notched their fifth win in a row when they beat San Antonio Young Women’s Leadership Academy (YWLA) Cardinals in four sets last Tuesday night at the Pleasanton Sports Complex.
With several players out, Pleasanton called up players from the JV for the game against YWLA. Fortunately for the Lady Eagles they still had Tess Underbrink and Sadie McAda to help guide the youngsters.
“It’s definitely going to help us in the future,” McAda said of the experience gained by the JV players. “It is going to help those girls with experience for next year and maybe this year if there are injuries.”
Pleasanton had slow starts in each of the first three sets. In the first set they trailed by as much as six points, 10-4, before climbing back into the set. After the Cardinals tied the score at 20, the Lady Eagles went on a 4-1 burst to get to set point. The Cardinals then scored three straight to tie the score at 24. After that, the Lady Eagles went to set point two more times but each time the Cardinals tied the score, first at 25 and then at 26. Pleasanton then scored twice in a row to take the first set 28-26.
In the second set the Lady Eagles and Cardinals traded the lead early. The Cardinals went on a 5-0 run to take a 9-4 lead before the Lady Eagles found their footing in the set and began to battle back. The Lady Eagles took their first lead of the set when they went ahead 22-21. The Cardinals then went on a 4-2 lead to take a 25-24 lead. The Lady Eagles responded by closing out the set with three straight points to win 27-25.
YWLA built their biggest lead of the night in the third set when they led 11-2. The Lady Eagles never led in the third set, but they did battle back to tie the score at 23. The Cardinals then scored the final two points of the set to prevent Pleasanton from sweeping the game.
“The first three sets I thought we were playing too much as individuals,” Pleasanton Head Coach Gabriel Aguirre said. “In that fourth game they decided to stick to the team concept and the score took care of itself. We did a good job in that last game.”
The fourth set began with Pleasanton opening a 3-1 lead. The Cardinals then tied the score at four and the teams traded the next six points to tie the score at 7-7. The Lady Eagles then went on a 4-0 run to take an 11-7 lead. The Cardinals never got closer than two points behind the Eagles as Pleasanton was able to coast to a 25-14 win, ending the game in four sets.
McAda led the Lady Eagles with 27 kills and 26 digs. Underbrink led with 34 assists as well as 13 digs.
“I’m glad we got the win,” Underbrink said. “In the fourth set we kind of pulled it together. We don’t have our whole team and I’m really proud of how the JV (girls) stuck with it.”
Grace Keylich added 10 digs and 11 kills along with an assist. Kylie Wiechring had the second most digs for the Lady Eagles with 14.
Pleasanton hosted Pearsall on Friday night and by then the Lady Eagles were back to full strength. It showed as Pleasanton swept the Lady Mavericks in three sets. The Lady Eagles won the first set 25-7 and the second set 25-9 before completing the sweep with a 25-21 win in the third set.
McAda again had the team lead for kills with 16 along with nine digs. Paige Stofa and Angel Tucker both had five kills. Underbrink led with 26 assists and 13 digs. Mary Martinez finished with six digs.
On Monday, McAda was named the player of the week for the San Antonioarea by the San Antonio Express-News.
Pleasanton put their six-game winning streak on the line last night when they traveled to Holy Cross. Results from that game were not available at press time. The Lady Eagles will host Carrizo Springs on Friday night. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.