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Eagle volleyball team continues to roll

Eagle girls move to No. 7 in state ratings.

Winning is always a good thing, says Brady volleyball coach Lynne Johnson.

Winning too easily, though, can put a damper on a team’s drive and motivation.

The Eagles have won five straight games to improve to 9-2 on the season.

Johnson said when the victories seem to come too easily, as they did at the Arnold triangular on Sept. 15, it can be difficult to keep a team focused and driven to play hard.

Brady defeated Medicine Valley 25-21, 25-11 and then beat Arnold 25-13, 25-11.

“The girls can get a little too relaxed,” Johnson said. “Right now, I’m looking for consistency.”

In the first two games against Callaway Friday night, it looked as though the Eagles might handle the Bears without much challenge either.

“When our timing is clicking, we’re a pretty fun team to watch,” the coach said.

Brady downed Callaway 25-18, 25-7 before the Bears came to life in the third set.

“Little things can throw a team off,” Johnson said. “Sometimes when you lose that rhythm, you can get back into it. Other times you just have to hope you can play well enough to pull out a win.”

The Eagles recovered after losing the third set 22-25 to win the match with a 25-23 victory in the fourth set.

“I would have liked to have seen them win in three but there’s always something to learn from that fourth set,” Johnson said.

The Eagles travel to Eustis-Farnam on Thursday before hosting their own invite Saturday afternoon.

Games begin with Stapleton/McPherson County playing Eustis-Farnam and Anselmo-Merna against Mullen at 1 p.m.

Brady plays Arnold and Maxwell faces Wauneta-Palisade at 2 p.m.

Matches will be played in both gymnasiums with the championship game to start at approximately 7 p.m.

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