The El Dorado Springs VolleyDogs entered district play on Oct. 23 during the second round against Stockton. It was a Cedar County battle as both teams fought to win the first set. After trading points back and forth, ElDo pulled ahead on the scoreboard with a 26-24 win. During the second set, ElDo dominated Stockton winning 25-14.
“We experienced a lot of nerves during the first set,” said Coach Tonya Hooper. “The pressure was on us to prove we were the better team and it showed. Once the girls relaxed, it was an enjoyable ball game. And I have to give credit to Stockton, they came out ready to fight.”
Payton Hallford and Kameron Schaaf led ElDo with six kills each. Brooke Stacy had 12 assists and Kinli Simmons had six. Brooke Stacy had two service aces. Payton Hallford, Courtney Hooper, Kameron Schaaf, and Megan Chism combined for 12 blocks on the night. Alexa Schaaf had four digs.
El Dorado faced College Heights in the championship match. ElDo took the lead in the first set and never looked back winning 25-20. But once again, nerves impacted ElDo as they got off to a slow start in the second set and lost a lot of momentum losing 17-25.
“For whatever reason, we fell apart,” said Coach Hooper. “Over-confidence, nerves, I don’t have the answer, but they shook us up during that second set. We had to re-group during the second and third set and get back to our game plan.”
ElDo came out once again and dominated College Heights 25-15 to earn the Class 2 District 12 championship.
“It was a sweet feeling,” commented Coach Hooper. “The girls had worked hard to achieve this goal and now we have a bigger goal to achieve.”
Kaili Simmons and Alexa Schaaf had eight kills each. Kinli Simmons had 10 assists and Brooke Stacy had nine. Brooke Stacy had two service aces. Kaili Simmons had eight digs and Brooke Stacy had five. Courtney Hooper had eight block assists and Payton Hallford had one solo block and six block assists.
ElDo advanced to sectional play at Clever on Oct. 27.