Big week for Callaway volleyball team
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
It’s been a fun week in the gym for the Callaway High volleyball team.
After getting a road win over rival LaGrange on Monday, Callaway followed that up with two area victories in its home gym on Tuesday.
After beating Southwest Macon 25-8 and 25-12, Callaway eased past Northeast Macon 25-7 and 25-9.
Callaway, which has won six of its past seven matches after opening the season with six straight losses, improved to 4-0 against area opponents.
Cheney Eubanks, one of the seniors for Callaway, said “we’re most definitely improving as a team.”
“We work well with each other,” Eubanks added. “We do a lot of things to help us prepare for games, and we look at what we need to do to improve as a team, and we try to base it off that at practice.”
Earlier this season, Eubanks was unable to play because of an illness as Callaway dropped a close home match to LaGrange.
Eubanks played in the rematch, and she helped Callaway beat LaGrange in a close match.
Callaway won the first set 25-18, and LaGrange evened the match with a 25-18 win in the second set. In a winner-take-all third set, it was Callaway prevailing 17-15.
“I’ve never seen those girls that happy,” said Precious White, Callaway’s head coach. “It was amazing. They earned it.”
Eubanks, an observer for the first LaGrange match, felt the team work was better the second time around.
“We communicated a whole lot more, we moved a whole lot more, and we worked well with each other,” Eubanks said.
A day later Callaway was back at it against a pair of over-matched area opponents.
Even though Callaway was clearly the better team, White encouraged her players to still give 100 percent.
“That’s what I always tell them, don’t play down, and I know it’s hard sometimes,” White said. “Play the game you know how to play.”
White made sure to get everyone on the varsity roster plenty of time on the court.
“It’s really about getting everybody some playing time, and you get to run some of the plays you don’t normally run, just to see how you do,” White said.
Callaway has some key area matches coming up, including one at Greenville on Thursday.
Eubanks, one of five seniors on the team along with Abby Hammock, Callie Shelton, Emily Bokoko, Kassidy White and Katie Dupree, is enjoying the ride.
“I’m honestly blessed to have teammates like them,” Eubanks said. “They’re fun to be around.”
Eubanks is also appreciative of having a coach who she believes is interested in the well-being of all the players.
White is in her second season as Callaway’s head coach.
“We’ve all gotten close to coach White since she’s been here,” Eubanks said. “She’s gotten to know us on a personal level and she’s helped us in everything, not just volleyball.”