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November 1, 2013

Lady Rams seek third place in tiebreaker match

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“It just flows and looks pretty when everyone is moving in concert with one another in an attempt to get those free balls.

“I felt like it wasn’t flowing – it was very disconnected – the last time we played them. (Today) we need to connect as a team, which I felt like we did in game four at Castleberry on Tuesday.”

Eggleston will also need all players playing at their best. She is pleased to see her defensive blocking step up of late.

“It was great to see (middle hitter) Emily Rogers end the Castleberry match with a block,” Eggleston said. “She has been stepping up lately. But that’s the kind of play we will need (today).

“Blocking was a weakness for us early in the year, but Emily and (middle hitter) Bailey Simonton have been consistent each match in district in getting those blocks.

“(Hitter) Brittany (Guill) has also got some touches, and BB (hitter Bethany Allen) and (hitter) Sydney (Vasquez) have also been getting blocks or at least touches.

“The front-row blocking is far better now than it was at the beginning of the year.”

Although the best-case scenario for the Lady Rams would have been outright third place, at least with a tiebreaker game the team stays on routine and it plays a meaningful “warm up” match right before the playoffs begin.

“I like that we keep our routine,” Eggleston said. “We have had this routine for three months and I can find a positive in not breaking that apart.

“We had a warm up game last year, but this is better because it resembles a playoff match in a playoff atmosphere. This will help us.”

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