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EU struggles, still gets the job done

Rachel O'Neal skies for one of four blocks she would rack up in EU's win over Johansen Wednesday night at Dalben Center.

BRANDON PETERSEN/The Bulletin


POSTED September 9, 2009 11:30 p.m.
The bright spots were few and far between for East Union head volleyball coach Eryn Bowers following a 25-12, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22 win over Johansen Wednesday night at Dalben Center, but a win is a win, and the Lancers will take it.

Morgan Hulsebosch turned in five kills, and showed that her net game is developing nicely, as the junior sent home her winners with authority.

Amber Abidi shined at net as well, turning in four more kills, but on the whole, there were too many mistakes, and EU let the struggling Vikings hang around far too long.

“I’m glad to get a game like this out of the way before the season starts,” Bowers said. “I don’t know what it was. We had Monday off, and I’m thinking we may have been rusty, but it was just ugly.”

Carmen Haro and Taylor Maruca produced 10 assists each, and Brittany LaMar racked up 12 service points including a string that closed out Game 3.

Maruca collected three aces during a nine-point service string that closed out the first game, and Rachel O’Neal was her typical forceful self at net, rejecting four Viking attempts.

“I told them, I don’t even know what to think about this one,” Bowers said. “But the hitters stepped up. Amber was on tonight, and Morgan is really stepping up her game.”

Johansen opened a 20-11 advantage in Game 2, but when the Lancers closed the gap to five before the Vikings put it away, it was clear that if EU’s concentration was on from the start, the match could’ve ended 47 points earlier than it did.

“I’m just hoping that we don’t ever have a game like this again,” Bowers said. “But, like I told them, I don’t care if it took a fourth game, a win is a win.”

East Union moved to 6-2 with the win, and will now gear up for the Valley Oak League campaign.

Haley Rosenthal missed the contest for unspecified reasons.

Sophomore

East Union 2, Johansen 1


The Squires survived a scare, but still pulled out a 25-11, 22-25, 15-12 win.

Victoria Ramos had eight aces, while Alexis Steele turned in 10 digs and 12 kills.

Alex Scopes had 10 kills of her own, and Kristen Piasecki had 15 assists.

EU moved to 6-2 overall.

Freshman

East Union 2, Johansen 1

The endline work was impressive for Sarah Hedin’s crew as the Pages pulled out a 25-16, 16-25, 15-13 win.

Kiana Lamont had four aces, while Katie Hilscher and Megan JoJo had three each.

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