The Lincoln Charter School Eagles lost to Victory Christian 2-0;25-12, 25-21 last week in the Southern Catawba Conference Volleyball Tournament.
The loss gave them a second place finish, which is what they finished in the regular season with an 8-8 record and 7-3 SC Conference Record.
The team was led by four seniors: Jessica Aderholdt, Nicole Martinez, Sarah Deans and Lauren Lord. Eaglesâ€™ head coach Kirk Stroupe singled out of two of them because of special qualities they brought to the team.
â€œLord was athlete of the year last year. She continues to show her leadership as a senior by helping our younger players. Jessica brought a lot of joy and loudness to the team,â€ he said.
Aderholdt was voted as co-captain along with Emily Abernathy. Itâ€™s Abernathy who Stroupe calls the teamâ€™s most underrated player.
â€œSheâ€™s our unsung hero. She was called upon and sheâ€™s just sound in everything she does. Sheâ€™s a good server, a good digger, a good passerâ€”everything we ask of her,â€ he said.
Alex Tabor and Judith Canipe made the all-tournament team. All-conference members were Canipe and Aderholdt. Lord was a second-team selection.
Other Eagle team members were: Kendra Friday, Bethany Blount, Jessica Newman, Samantha Gore, Alisha Swett, Manager Devan Bumgarner and Loren Machado who was the scorekeeper.
The coach was very pleased with the second place finish in just their second year in existence.
â€œIt goes to show you how their dedication pays off and I look forward to better things next year,â€ he said.
Stroupe, who only has coached one season for the Eagles, had one person he said really aided him throughout the year.
â€œIt was very exciting. I was so used to coaching boys, so it was different, but I really want to thank Sonya Garmon. I really look forward to coaching again next year. Iâ€™m glad we won the trophies this year, but I look forward to placing higher next year,â€ he said.
Although, the Eagles were proud of what they were able to achieve, Stroupe was just as happy about how the team put personal differences aside for the good of the team.
â€œItâ€™s such an eclectic group to come together, who probably never would hang out with each other outside of volleyball, and work as a team and accomplish what they did. We had our ups and downs during the year, but overall they really pulled together and helped each other out.â€
by John Mark Brooks