RUSK — For the seventh year in-a-row the Rusk Lady Eagle volleyball team has qualified for the state playoffs.
Rusk capped off the regular season on Tuesday night at Eagle Coliseum by blanking Palestine 3-0 in a District 19-4A match.
Rusk head volleyball coach Billie Walley said that she is amazed at how popular volleyball is in Rusk and the continued community support that it has attracted.
“I have been very fortunate that volleyball has really taken off in Rusk,” she said “We have kids at all levels playing club volleyball and the community is really involved. Not saying it hasn't been in the past, it just seems the number of kids loving the sport of volleyball has expanded.”
The Lady Eagles played well from the first jump and slammed the Ladycats 25-12 in the opening set.
After posting 25-15 and 25-22 victories in the ensuing games, Rusk was able walk away with the win.
Five seniors, Grace Young, Haley Hancock, Jaylei Wick, Kailee Millsap and Jamyah Anderson were honored during Senior Night festivities.
A bi-district match against either Jasper or Huntington will take place early next week at a time and location to be determined for Rusk. Jasper and Huntington ended the regular season tied for second place in District 20-4A. The winner of Friday's playoff seeding match will go up against Rusk in bi-district.
Rusk, the third place representative from District 19-4A, has no plans to sit idle as the Lady Eagles will visit Eustace on Friday in a warm-up match.
In Tuesday's sub-varsity matches, Palestine defeated Rusk, 2-0, with the Lady Eagle freshmen defeating the Ladycats.