Brooke Ward won 17 straight points on serve to start the third set, as the Edgartown Eagles posted a 25-20, 25-12, 25-7 middle school volleyball victory over the visiting Oak Bluffs Blazers in an early-season clash Tuesday afternoon at the Edgartown School. The Eagles improved to 2-0, while the Blazers dropped to 1-2.
The match started out as a seesaw affair in the first set, with neither team ahead by more than three points until the Eagles won five of the final six points to take the set. Brian Sornas spiked a winner to earn a set point, and hit a booming overhand serve to clinch it. Geo Meikle also had a crucial spike and three strong serves in the set. Both teams were sharp with digs and set shots to keep the ball alive for extended rallies.
Brooke Ward opened the second set by winning four points on serve, then made a great save, sliding on her knees to keep the ball in play and win the point for the Eagles at 5-1. Edgartown built the lead to 9-1 before the Blazers fought back, winning nine of the next 13 points to trail 13-10. At 16-11, Evelyn Brewer took over on serve and helped the Eagles take eight consecutive points to lead 24-11. On set point, OB’s Nick Rego connected on a big serve, but Clara Cabral slapped the return over the net for the set winner.
After Ward and the Eagles had their dream start to the third set, Nick Rego followed up a Daniel daSilva spike by winning four service points to give the Blazers a spark of hope at 20-6, but the Eagles put the match away in style with a trio of big plays. Clarissa Pinto made it 23-7 with a deft tip at the net, Brian Sornas thumped a no-look bump for a winner down the middle to bring about match point, and Evelyn Brewer served up an ace to end it.
In other action on Tuesday, host Tisbury outlasted the Charter School Chargers in a five-set thriller. Kat DeSourcy won the final seven points on her serve as the Tigers rallied from a 13-8 deficit to win 15-13 in the decisive fifth set. Faith Fecitt and Kuau Lima also had strong games for Tisbury (4-0). Matheus Rodrigues and Maria Andrade led the Chargers (1-3).
West Tisbury was idle on Tuesday, and plays at Edgartown on March 14 at 3:30 pm.