Lady Eagles work hard, play hard
PABLO — Music pumping from an iPod helps the Two Eagle River Lady Eagles warm up before volleyball practice begins. It’s a joyous practice even though they are a small squad — 11 girls — and several of the girls have never played volleyball before.
Ranging from high school seniors to eighth-grader Kaci Ducharme, they all want to play the game and have fun bumping, setting and killing.
Senior Brittany Robles played volleyball in middle school and hasn’t since. She likes to be active and volleyball is something to do besides watch TV, she said.
Two foreign exchange students, Selena Geist from Germany and Martina Rossi from Italy, are first-time players.
Although the Lady Eagles’ record is 0-9, that doesn’t reflect flashes of brilliance, including good blocking from Maklit Charlo, hustling by Ma’Lee BigCrane, Ashley Lozeau and Tyra Michel and stellar serving by Daryl Conko-Camel.
Assistant coach Colleen Tenas, who played volleyball as a student at TERS, makes serving practice interesting. If a player’s serve doesn’t make it over the net, she runs a half-court line. Then the girls “bump” the ball and get a volley going.
Head coach Chrissie Ewing said the girls came from different schools so this is their first year of playing together. They all get along, she said, and make friends at every game they play.
The Lady Eagles have all improved, Ewing said, in different ways. Exchange student Rossi has probably improved the most, she said.
The players are philosophical about their record; they shrug and say they’ve got lots of new players and are just learning. The Lady Eagles just enjoy playing the game.