The Echo Cougars volleyball team completed its regular season by sweeping the Arlington Honkers Thursday at Echo.
Echo won 25-11, 25-20 and 25-19, and with the straight-set victory improved its overall record to 10-8.
It was senior night for the Cougars, and head coach Janice Scott said the excitement of the night sparked some high-energy play from her team.
We came out in that first set with a lot of intensity, Scott said. There was a little added motivation to play well because of senior night.
Senior Kaci Kamm impressed in her final match on her home court as she led the Cougars with six kills. She also served five aces to pace Echo.
Kaci was great tonight, Scott said. She has really stepped up her game. Im proud of what shes been able to accomplish.
The Cougars and Honkers were locked in a tightly contested game during the second set before an Echo time-out calmed and refocused the Cougars.
We were a bit flat in the second set, Scott said. That showed early. I called time-out and told our girls to relax and play our own game. We played much better after that.
Scott said the key to the match was the teams serving. Seven players went 100 percent from the serving line in the match, and there were only four missed serves the entire night.
Our serving was great, Scott said. Its something weve really worked on in practice.
Scott mentioned the importance of limiting unforced mistakes.
Theres a big difference in our play when we clean up some of the little mistakes, she said. I think weve come a long way since the start of the season.
The Cougars head to Dufur today to play in a non-league tournament. Scott said she hopes to come away with two wins on the day, which will improve the teams ranking as it heads into the playoffs.
We are excited for the challenge ahead, she said. Our team is ready and prepared for this. Everyone has the same goal, which is to get to the district playoffs and beyond.