Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Eagle girls move to 16-4 on the season

Sandhills Conference tournament begins Tuesday.

The end of the volleyball season is fast approaching for the Brady Eagles.

The girls have only four games remaining plus the Sandhills Conference tournament before the D1-11 sub-district rolls around.

Now is the time, said coach Lynne Johnson, that the team needs to be firing on all cylinders every play, every game.

At 16-4 on the year, the Eagles have seen their share of stiff competition, Johnson said. She has also watched them play down to less talented teams.

“The huge challenge right now is to play well against every team, regardless of the talent on the other side of the net,” Johnson said.

In a triangular at Curtis on Oct. 6, Johnson said her girls played more to the competition than sticking with their own game.

The Eagles defeated Maywood 25-18, 25-13 and beat Medicine Valley 25-20, 25-22.

The wins are good, Johnson said, but weren’t the kind of domination she would have liked to have seen.

“You’ve got to just go play,” Johnson said, “no matter who the opponent is.”

Brady did just that against Arthur County on Monday.

The Eagles downed the Wolves 25-9, 27-25, 25-12.

“The score in the second set is a little deceiving,” Johnson said. “I got absolutely everyone on my bench in the game.”

That gave Arthur County’s top players a chance, she said, but the Eagles wouldn’t give up a set.

Brady hosts Sumner-Eddyville-Miller (4-14) in a parent’s night game on Friday before traveling to Thedford on Tuesday for the start of the Sandhills Conference tournament.

The Eagles, No. 2 seed behind state-ranked Mullen, will face Arthur County in the first round at approximately 4 p.m.

The winner will play the winner of Cody-Kilgore (6-8) and Sandhills/Thedford (4-13) at about 7 p.m.

Mullen, which received a bye in the first round, will play the winner of Hyannis (6-11) and Stapleton/McPherson County (11-9).

The third-place game is set for 4 p.m. on Oct. 24 with the championship to follow.