By: Lee Ramsey
The Seymour Lady Eagle Volleyball team under the guidance of veteran Coach Ed Irvin recently won the ‘Battle of Chapman Highway’ by defeating their long time rival South-Doyle.
This intense rivalry is even greater due to the fact the Irvin use to coach the Lady Cherokees.
Seymour won in straight sets 25-15, 25-22 and 26-24. The last two sets were very close but Irvin was happy to come out with any kind of win considering they were at a disadvantage.
“We had two regular players out for various reasons and were still able to come out on top with a patch–worked lineup,” said Irvin. “With young players, it is not good to have to move players to strange positions without some practice time in that rotation but the girls pulled it off.”
The girls missing were Shelby Maxwell (a setter) and Lauren Johnson. Maxwell was out with a knee injury and Johnson became ill before the set started.
With Maxwell out, Sarah Stoffle became the lone setter which is a lot of pressure.
“I was really pleased that Sarah Stoffle stepped up and had a great night at the setter position,” said Irvin. “She was our lone setter in an offense that usually has two setters.”
Coach Irvin went on to praise other players that made big contributions to the win. “Kasey Norman and Nicole Warner were outstanding on defense while Kasey, Mendy Maxwell and Madison Coker provided well needed offense.”
When asked about the season so far, Irvin responded, “We are where we should be at this point with a team this young. Morristown East and West will be big time challenges.”
Top performers were Stoffle with 11 points, 3 aces, 37 sets and 17 assists and Maxwell with 11 points, 5 aces, 11 spikes and 4 kills.
The Lady Eagle’s record now is 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the IMAC.
Lady Eagles Volleyball Keeps on Rolling
By: Lee Ramsey