Eagles, start slow, rise up over Del City
Eisenhower has a wealth of talent to go to on the floor and so far this season that component has helped it overcome slow start after slow start.
The Eagles (3-1) started slow again, but did enough in the first set before dominating the final two to earn a 3-0 win over Del City at home on Monday. The set scores were 25-19, 25-9, 25-15.
Ike was in serious jeopardy of losing its first set since an opening-day loss to Bishop McGuinness. Del City led 11-10 after its second kill of the match before Ike finally got it going.
Malaysia McCollum tied it with a kill to spark a 7-3 Ike run. Tavai Ieremia also had big plays down the stretch with an ace, a kill and several diving digs to wake up the slumbering Eagles. She finished with seven kills.
"We have to have someone step up and make the plays to get us going," Ike head coach Becky Martin said. "(Ieremia) is an all-around player. She can pass, set and hit. She's smart, really volleyball is her sport and she spent a lot of time in the offseason playing club ball. She's trying to go further than high school. She's a difference maker."
Ieremia's first kill made it 18-15. A kill by Crystal Polk and an ace by Latasia Heath gave Ike a 21-16 lead. Ieremia had another big kill late to set up a set point that was won on a Del City error.