The Ellison Lady Eagles overcame a two-game deficit to beat the Taylor Ducks 22-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-11, 15-10 on Tuesday.
“It’s tough when you’re down two sets like we were,” Ellison head coach William De Gracia said. “But we’re a mentally tough team. We changed up our rotation, went with the power rotation and cut down on the mistakes.”
Ellison dominated the final two games, however, after mistakes hounded the Lady Eagles in the first two.
“We gave them way too many free balls,” De Gracia said. “Once we cut down on those, we played much better and that was how we were able to win tonight. I told the team after the second set that those were in the past, don’t worry about them. Just come out and play hard and don’t give them any free balls.”
The first two games saw constant back and forth action between Ellison and Taylor, with no team gaining any real advantage until the end.
The third set was a completely different story, as Ellison managed to jump to a 16-11 lead before Taylor caught up. The rest of the set was the same back-and-forth action as the previous two, but thanks to the early run, Ellison was able to hold on and win Game 3, 25-18.
Once Game 4 started, it was clear Taylor was demoralized, as Ellison quickly rattled off three straight points to lead 3-0, and had two scoring streaks of five points in the game. Behind some superb saves by Kira Grinier and several kills by Kaylai Lewis, Ellison cruised to an easy 25-11 victory.
“Everything was working for us,” De Garcia said. “Our rotation was working well, we weren’t giving them any free balls, and we just played our game.”
Ellison used the momentum from the fourth game to beat Taylor 15-10 in the fifth set.
“Taylor really showed up and played hard,” De Garcia said.
“They brought their game, and they made us work for this victory tonight.”