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O'NEILL'S ASHLEY SIDAK (9) tries to hit the ball through a tough Hartington Cedar Catholic defense.

The O'Neill girls volleyball team had a lot of pressure on them last week when they faced off against eight opponents over just five days. 

Their first game, played against Creighton on Tuesday, was a nice way to start off the week. The Eagles won 0-3; 25-12, 25-15 & 25-17.

The Eagles took an early lead and never let it go. They always stayed ahead and kept up consistent scoring, leading to a clean victory.

Ashley Sidak leads with 12 kills, one ace serve, one block, and three digs; Autumn Hilker eight kills and 10 digs; Bergyn Classen and Olivia Young both seven kills and five digs; Autumn Jackson five kills, one ace serve; two blocks and five digs; Hannah Hilker six ace serves, two blocks, seven digs and 34 set assists; Haley Schluns one ace serve and five digs; and Serena Chavez two digs.

Two days later, on Thursday, The Eagles came back for more but fell just short of another win. The match was close, but Wayne managed to clutch up, downing the Eagles, 2-1; 25-23, 16-25 & 19-25.

Set one was kept the energy from the Eagles last match, just barely edging out their opponent. Wayne did turn things around, however when swooped in and took the second set.

It was all up to the final set, but the Wayne Blue Devils had the advantage in terms of points. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Devils overpowered their opponent and left them with their first loss of the week.

Young took charge with nine kills and eight digs; Aubrey Jackson six kills two blocks, 14 digs and three set assists; Autumn Jackson two ace serves, one block and six digs; Classen five kills, one block and one dig; Sidak four kills, one block and seven digs; Hilker two kills, two ace serves, 10 digs and 23 set assists; Schluns two ace serves and seven digs; and Keeley Chavez eight digs and set assists.

That same day, the Eagles would move on to face another school when they hosted Cedar Catholic. This, just like the last match, was a close call.

The Eagles took set one but couldn't keep the pace up. It was a hard-fought match, but Cedar Catholic beat the Eagles in the end, 2-1; 25-23, 25-23 & 10-25.

After a couple of days off, the Eagles were back at it on Saturday when they faced five opponents that day. 

The first game, played against Battle Creek, kept this week's tradition of very close games alive. Both teams scored 49 points by the end of sets one and two. Set three was a close one, but Battle Creek snuck in the win, 2-1; 24-26, 25-23 & 19-25.

Later, the Eagles second match-up challenged them and snagged the win. A good effort from the Eagles, but they weren't able to keep up and lost 2-0; 24-26 &15-25.

The third game of the day was much of the same; a close match that ended in a loss for the Eagles. The Knights took home the victory 2-0; 24-26 & 15-25.

In the fourth game, the Eagles got their first win of the day, downing Boyd County 2-0; 25-14 & 25-15.

This would be a short-lived celebration, as the fifth and final game ended the Eagles short streak. Elkhorn Valley served the Eagles a 2-0 loss; 13-25 & 19-25.

This was a long week for the Eagle girls but they got in some good practice. Perhaps next week will yield better results for the Eagles.


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