Dig. Block. Kill.
Eagleville collected all three Thursday night in a matter of five points to score a five-set victory over visiting Summertown in a Class A sectional match, and secure a return trip to the TSSAA tournament.
It was a comeback victory (25-23, 12-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-12) for an Eagleville (31-15) squad that had only played in two other five-set matches against Class A opponents this season — one being a win at Summertown.
Ashley Tidwell’s demonstrative kill served as the final point in the fifth set and sent the Lady Eagles to consecutive state tournament appearances for the first time since three straight trips from 1999-2001.
“I was pretty confident. I knew it was just one more point,” Tidwell said of the match-winning kill. “I knew it was just one ball, so I took it.”
Tidwell’s kill was set up by Cassidy Crawford’s back-to-back blocks as the Lady Eagles reeled off the last three points. Kristin Barnes had four kills in the final eight points as the teams traded four ties from 8-8 to 12-12. Freshman Sydney Parker’s dig, which Summertown was not able to cleanly return, was a key point as it pushed the lead to two (12-10) and Eagleville closed with a 3-2 run.
“We finally realized this was our last game, and we had to push,” Parker said. “Every last point, it was awesome.”