Photo by Diane Cox
The 2015 EA-WR senior spikers hope to take command of the hardwood with 10 seniors leading the way under the direction of head coach Patti Scott. From left to right are: Emme Flanigan, Lexi Johnson, Natalie Mundel, Lauren Reynolds, Christen Falstitch, Kelsey Hauser, Tori Covington, Shelby Yarborough, Brittany Grayson, Heather Martin.
East Alton-Wood River Oiler volleyball coach Patti Scott knows what she wants to accomplish in 2015.
Scott said she would like for the Oilers to “start working like a machine.”
“They have a tendency to do what they need to do and then stop and watch,” she said. “As opposed to continuing to do your job. It’s just a matter of time. They got it by the end of the year last year, but now they’re out of rhythm.”
The Oilers have 10 seniors are on the roster this fall: Tori Covington (libero), Brittany Grayson and Heather Martin (outside hitters), Natalie Mundel (left-side hitter), Kelsey Hauser (right-side hitter), Christen Falstitch (setter), Shelby Yarborough and Lauren Reynolds (middle hitters) and Emme Flanigan (defensive specialist).
Senior Lexie Johnson, a 2014 all-Prairie State Conference selection, also returns for another season as a middle hitter. Johnson, Grayson and Mundel are returning letter winners, as the rest of the seniors played mostly junior varsity last year.
Last season EA-WR wrapped up the season with a 14-16 mark and lost to rival Marquette Catholic 25-19, 25-18 in a Class 2A EA-WR Regional opening-round match.
“In having three that are used to playing, it’s going to be a change,” Scott said. “They’re going to have to learn to work together as a team, but I know they can do it.”
When it comes to senior aspirations, Johnson only wants to be a leader.
“I hope we do well,” Johnson said. “I want to help everyone get to where they want to go.”
Scott expects the PSC to be strong this year.
“We have a couple of teams coming up that will be competitive and we’re going to try to stay with them,” she said. “Marquette is always strong and I think Mount Olive will put out this season.”
The Oilers kicked off their season in Pool A play in the Roxana Tournament on Monday. They lost to Jersey before besting Madison and Bunker Hill. Pool B action continued on Tuesday and pool play wraps up Saturday before placement matches begin. EA-WR battles rival Roxana at 10:30 a.m. in Milazzo Gymnasium to determine which placement match it will play in.
The Oilers welcomed Civic Memorial for their home opener at 6 p.m. on Thursday in between Roxana Tournament action.
There are other dates to circle on the calender for the EA-WR spikers like: at Alton (Sept. 1), the EA-WR/Marquette Tournament (Sept. 12), home vs. Roxana (Sept. 15), the PSC opener at home with Nokomis (Sept. 17) and at Marquette (Sept. 22). The Oilers will also participate in the Vandalia Tournament (Sept. 19) and the Jersey Tournament (Oct. 17).
Quick Hits/2015 Outlook
TEAM: East Alton-Wood River Oilers
HEAD COACH: Patti Scott
CONFERENCE: Prairie State
2014 RECORD: 14-16
CAREER RECORD: 2 years, 14-16
LAST PLAYOFF: 2014 Class 2A Regional quarterfinals
Tori Covington Libero
Christen Falstitch S
Emme Flanigan DS
Brittany Grayson OH
Kelsey Hauser OH
Lexie Johnson MH
Natalie Mundel OH
Lauren Reynolds MH
Shelby Yarborough MH
Lauren Robinson OH
Morgan Moxey S
Becca Nottke S
Becca Null MH
Lora Ruyle OH
Aug. 29, 8:30 a.m. at Roxana Tournament
Sept. 1, 5:45 p.m. at Alton
Sept. 3, 6 p.m. at Jersey
Sept. 8, 6 p.m. at Litchfield
Sept. 12, TBA vs. Wood River/Marquette Tournament
Sept. 15, 6 p.m. vs. Roxana
Sept. 17, 6 p.m. vs. Nokomis*
Sept. 19, TBA at Vandalia Tournament
Sept. 21, 5 p.m. vs. Staunton
Sept. 22, 6 p.m. at Marquette*
Sept. 29, 6 p.m. at Gillespie
Oct. 6, 6 p.m. vs. Carlinville
Oct. 8, 6 p.m. at Mount Olive*
Oct. 13, 6 p.m. vs. Southwestern
Oct. 14, 6 p.m. vs. Metro East Lutheran*
Oct. 15, 6 p.m. at Bunker Hill*
Oct. 17, TBA at Jersey Tournament
Oct. 20, 5 p.m. vs. Greenville
*Denotes conference games