Eastern Alamance High’s volleyball squad played a series of three Central Conference games this past week, while the EAHS men’s soccer team hosted one league rival and held a home-and-home series with an inter-county rival. The Eagles volleyball squad held Senior Night inside Tal Jobe Gymnasium the evening of Monday, October 4, while the EAHS men’s soccer team won its second match of the year.
Eagles volleyball hosts Senior Night
On Monday, October 4, Eastern hosted rival Western Alamance in a rescheduling of a match that was supposed to be played earlier in the season. Western had to temporarily postpone the match due to COVID-19 protocols. The Eagles had beaten the Warriors in Elon in an emotional five-set victory just a week prior, and before the second showdown, Eastern High honored a total of seven seniors - Kamari Mims, MacKenzie Taylor, Loren Crabbe, Tanyla Smith, Kloey Vaughn, Leann Beckham, and Makiya Graves.
The Warriors and Eagles played a spirited match that was nip-and-tuck almost the entire way through. Western got the better of EAHS in the opening set, winning 25-18. The second set was much closer, but the Warriors took a 2-0 lead with a 25-22 win. With their backs to the wall, the Eagles rallied in the third set, taking the lead and hanging on for a hard-fought 26-24 win to force a fourth set. Once again the action went back and forth in the fourth set, with both teams fighting hard. It came down to an extra point, but Western Alamance eventually prevailed, taking the set 26-24 to earn the match with a 3-1 victory. The loss dropped the Eagles to 10-8 overall.
Later in the week, the Eagles took on two of the top teams in the Central Conference in Cedar Ridge and Person. Cedar Ridge got off to an 11-0 start in league play this fall to sit in first place in the Central Conference, while Person is in third place in the standings with a 6-4 record. Between the two squads, the Red Wolves and Rockets got off to a combined record of 28-5 this season. Despite Cedar Ridge’s advantages in size and depth, the Eagles fought hard, refusing the give up. The Eagles managed 19 points in the first set and 17 points in the third set, but wound up getting swept by the Red Wolves.
The following night - Thursday, October 7 - the Eagles hosted Person, and were swept by the Rockets in three sets. The loss slipped EAHS’s overall record to 10-10 overall, and 3-7 in Central Conference play. Eastern has two matches remaining this fall - on the road at Northwood on Tuesday, October 12, and the regular season finale at home against Orange the evening of Thursday, October 14.
EAHS men’s soccer earns second win
It’s been a challenging season for Eastern High’s youthful men’s soccer team, but the Eagles haven’t given up. Despite some tough outcomes, the Eagles are continuing to fight and make improvements.
On the evening of Tuesday, October 5, the Eagles traveled over to Graham to play the Red Devils in a non-conference matchup. It was a tough night for the visitors from Mebane, as Graham scored three unanswered goals in the first half on the way to a 5-1 triumph. Eastern managed to score a goal in the second half, but the Red Devils scored twice more on their way to the win, which dropped Eastern’s overall record to 1-10.
The following night, the Eagles hosted Western Alamance in a Central Conference match at Fred Brady Stadium. The Warriors kept the ball on EAHS’s side of the field most of the night and controlled the tempo on the way to a 9-0 triumph. Western scored four goals in the first half and five more in the second half for their margin of victory. Western Alamance junior Jacob Carignan scored four goals in the victory, while senior Jordan Shutt also recorded a hat trick with three goals. It was the sixth shutout of the season thus far for the Eagles.
Fortunately for Eastern, they picked their heads up and put it all together in a rematch with Graham the evening of Thursday, October 7, earning a 3-1 victory over the Red Devils to improve to 2-11 overall.
The Eagles men’s soccer squad has five remaining conference games - at home against Williams (Oct. 11), on the road at Cedar Ridge (Oct. 13), back at home against Person (Oct. 18), at Northwood (Oct. 19), and back home against Orange for Senior Night (Oct. 25). EAHS will also play non-conference matches against Southern Alamance (Oct. 12), and a home-and-home with Cummings on Oct. 21 and Oct. 26.