ROGERS — On Tuesday night at Doggett Gym, the Rogers Lady Eagles (9-5) swept Shoemaker 25-17, 26-24, 25-17.
The Lady Eagles started strong in Game 1, pulling out to a 13-7 advantage on a kill by junior Hope Hoelscher before Shoemaker (7-8) rallied to even things at 15-15. Rogers then scored 10 of the next 12 points.
The Lady Eagles again started fast in Game 2, jumping out to a 10-1 lead after an ace by junior Maddie Hare, who had 30 assists. The Lady Wolves closed the gap to 11-9 before Rogers struck back and extended its advantage to 22-14. Shoemaker put together a scoring spurt, capped by an ace by Emijah Spencer to even things at 24 but Rogers (9-5) scored the last two points.
“We’ve been in a lot of close matches this season,” said Lady Eagles head coach Stacy Rogers. “They had this scared look on their faces and I had to remind them they’ve been in these situations before. They need to remember that and play with confidence. I just think that’s inexperience coming through. But they’re getting better and better. I like those tough matches because it makes us tougher.”
Game 3 was back and forth in the early going before the Lady Wolves grabbed a 13-10 advantage. The Lady Eagles put together a run to go ahead 21-14. Shoemaker scored three straight points to make it 21-17, but Rogers scored the final four points, capped by a kill by Hare, to close out the match.
“I’m not disappointed in their efforts. I think they played extremely well,” Shoemaker head coach Merdith Shaw-Moore said of her team. “We’re a young team learning to play together. They never quit. They played with a lot of heart, a lot of determination and as a coach that’s all you can ask for.
“Volleyball is a back-and-forth game. They took advantage of our mistakes. Rogers is a really tough team. They’re not a 6A team but they’re a really good team. We didn’t execute, didn’t take advantage of their mistakes.”2