The Screaming Eagles took to the court this past Sunday looking to pick up 2 wins and finish the season at .500 or above for the 3rd consecutive year. CSE started off slowly but soon found their legs and overwhelmed the York Cardinals 25-16, 25-8, 25-10 to notch their 16th victory of the season.
The Eagles trailed found themselves in a tight game as set 1 opened up with both teams unable to generate much offense due to key passing and hitting errors. With the score tied at 5, the Cardinals went on a 5-1 run that had the Eagles on their heels at 6-10. York continued pressuring the Eagle pass defense and expanded their lead to 5 (7-12) after a kill from their outside hitter.
CSE relied on their serving and offensive diversity to snap out of their doldrums as Nicole Morera tallied 2 straight kills and Katie Cooper pounded out 2 aces to turn the tide of the set and give the Eagles a tie at 13-13. Morera followed Cooper’s example and put the Cardinal offense in a bind as her serves kept forcing York to settle for low % attacks that gave the Eagles control of the set at 18-14. Morera, Kiana Cunningham and Kareemah Muhammad notched 4 kills and Subhana Wrights added a block to close out the set on an 18-4 run that gave the Eagles set #1 by a 25-16 score.
The Eagles carried this momentum into the second set as CSE opened up a 10-3 lead that it would never relinquish behind 4 aces from Cooper, Morera, and Colon in the early part of the set. An Ireyah Stevens kill later in the set pushed the lead to 16-4 and Cheyenne Grant even got into the action with a kill and an ace that had CSE up 23-7 in route to an easy 25-8 set 2 victory.
The third set was much of the same as the Eagles seemed to have drained the life out of the York squad with their 43-12 point advantage from the mid-point of set 1. Kills by Morera, Cunningham, Muhammad and Wrights had the Eagles rolling to a 10-3 lead early. After a brief run by the Cardinals, Wrights, Muhammad and Stevens pounded out 4 kills to regain control of the match at 17-7. Muhammad finished York off with 3 straight aces to give the Eagles a 25-10 final set victory.
To earn their 16th win, the Eagles hit .355 for the match with 29 kills as 4 different players had at least 5 kills in a balanced and effective offense. CSE had a fantastic day from the service line as the Eagles pounded out 14 aces to only 7 errors and suffered only 3 aces against for the match.