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Eagles struggle against MEMA, prep for Morgan

After a rough start against Macon-East on Monday, the Fort Dale volleyball team made a strong comeback, but it wasn’t enough.

The Knights owned the first set 12-25, and it looked like they would roll through the second set, but Fort Dale started putting things together and made it close, losing 17-25.

“We started off slow,” said head coach Scarlett Anderson. “Things worked a lot better after we did some rearranging and adjusting.”

The Eagles’ offense clicked in the third set, and FDA won 25-18.

“We had some service errors in the fourth set that hurt us,” Anderson said.

Macon-East fought back and won the final set 23-25.

“Overall, we played really well,” Anderson said. “Hopefully having a good match like that will help us against Morgan.”

The Knights’ junior varsity didn’t have much trouble with FDA, winning 9-25 and 12-25.

“Our JV is just not confident in themselves yet,” Anderson said. “We’ve been having some difficulty passing the ball, but we’ve been working on that.”

Last week, the Eagles’ varsity played tough against Pike Liberal Arts but came away with a loss.

The Patriots won 25-22, 19-25, 18-25 and 21-25.

“We hustled and played well,” Anderson said. “We worked as a team better than I’ve seen in a long time. McCall Watson and Erin Taylor did well on the outside, but we’re still making mistakes and leaving gaps open.”

The JV lost to Pike 13-25 in both sets.

The Eagles did pick up wins over Evangel and Meadowview earlier in the month, but the upcoming match against Morgan is looming large.

“Morgan is a very good team, so this is a big game for us,” Anderson said.

That match was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Selma.