COVINGTON, Ga. - After a tough run in recent matches, The (13-9, 3-0) Eastside Eagles volleyball team returned home and put on a dominant showing in their opening games of region play by sweeping three opponents.
The Eagles took down the Salem Seminoles, Luella Lions and the Hampton Hornets winning two sets to none in every match. This was an outstanding comeback performance for this Eagles team as they were 1-5 in their previous six matches.
This recent downturn in the Eagles performances led to head coach Maggie Johnston regrouping with her players and it seems to have paid off with tonight's outcome.
"We had a really tough week last week, so we had a tough practice yesterday to just regroup and get all of the girls on the same page and working as a team again," Johnston said. "So it feels really good that they got their confidence back this week and had a good start tonight with 3-0."
Junior Taylor Adams seemed to have high confidence all night as she delivered spike after spike against her opponents, while also being disruptive with blocks at the net.
Adams was also very vocal with her teammates and seemed to have stepped up as a leader throughout the night. Coach Johnston said this showing from Adams would be a welcome sight.
"We had the leadership conversation yesterday, and I said 'The role is open,' and she's definitely taken that to heart and wanted that to be her role," Johnston said. "It's awesome if she wants to take that over as a junior, then that way we can have that this year and next year and hopefully more continue to step up."
One other player that really seemed to step up in her performance was freshman libero Payton Robinson. Robinson did an excellent job of digging her team out of tight situations, and Johnston gave her praise for how she anchored the Eagles defense.
With this blend of young and veteran talent, The Eagles hope to continue their dominant play in the next two matches as they face the Newton Rams and Loganville Red Devils Sept. 5.