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Eagles volleyball hitting stride in region play

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Mt. Pleasant – Being somewhat of a young team entering the season, Palmetto Christian Academy volleyball coach Alyssa Woodhall wasn’t quite sure how the pieces were going to come together at first. 
PCA graduated three players from last year and another didn’t return from the starting lineup. The Lady Eagles have one just senior on the squad in Lauren Pernell. 
The result has been a couple of early losses that paved the way for a 7-6 overall mark on Sept. 28. 
However, the Lady Eagles have hit their stride as of late and were 4-0 in region play.
“It’s been a little bit of a rough start,” Woodhall said. “We lost two early that we (wanted back). But I think we’ve grown since then, so it’s better to lose them early than lose them late. 
“Being undefeated in region is exciting and we’re just looking to try and finish strong.” 
The early part of the schedule was a busy one and there was a lot of good competition the Lady Eagles were up against, Woodhall added.
“I think that really allowed us to evaluate our team and see where we were at and what our weaknesses were that we needed to work on,” she said.
Communication is one thing Woodhall has harped on since the beginning. 
“We’re talking a lot more out there and really keeping the energy and the focus up,” she said. “I think our passing game has worked really well and we work a lot on defense. You have to play defense in order to play offense.
“We’ve also done a good job of staying positive and not getting down. Our maturity is starting to come through.”
Pernell is a middle hitter and leads the team in blocks and kills. Olivia Horne is sophomore outside hitter with sophomore Katelyn Howard serving as setter. The libero is Olivia Martin, another sophomore. 
“The entire team has contributed every game,” Woodhall said. “I don’t know that I have a true starting six – we rotate in and out a lot depending on matchups. But all 12 of them have made the team what it is.”

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