Boys Volleyball Loses Home Opener


Julius Ducker

Senior Noah Richards serves versus Hamilton as junior Austin Bowling (#12) and sophomore Craig Ellis (#10) look on.

Julius Ducker, Reporter

Recently the Edgewood Cougars boys volleyball team hosted the Hamilton Big Blue. Senior Noah Richards opened the scoring with three quick service wins and a 3-0 lead. Junior Austin Bowling later ended a small Hamilton run with a spike and a 4-2 Cougar lead. This helped propel the Cougars to a first set win, 25-18.  

A Hamilton comeback gave the Big Blue a 2-1 set lead after the third set. The Cougars then had a hard-fought victory in the fourth set, 25-19, which set up a winner-take-all fifth game.  

Senior Jayden Richards warms up at the net (Julius Ducker)

In the fifth game, Hamilton stormed out to a 5-2 lead.  EHS freshman Brycen Robertson made some great defensive plays and served the ball well helping the Cougars come back and close the gap. Junior Luke Smith had some key aces that allowed the Cougars to stay in the game making it 11-9. Big Blue was able to keep the lead late and escape with a victory 15-12.  The EHS squad played well despite missing two varsity players to the Choralier competition. “Missing two players was hard but the underclassmen really stepped up, However, there are a few things we need to touch up on,” said Coach Blair.  For the match, Noah Richards led the team in assists with 36, Craig Ellis led in kills with 17, Luke Smith led in digs with 31, and aces with 8. The next home volleyball game will be on April 14 vs Princeton. 

Sophomore Craig Ellis sends the ball over the net versus Hamilton. Senior Noah Richards moves to assist (Julius Ducker)