Reinhardt reverses its woes
by Chris Byess
cbyess@cherokeetribune.com
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Reinhardt’s Jeannie Fiero tips the ball over the net as a pair of Point 
players defend Tuesday. The Lady Eagles won the AAC match in straight sets.
<Br>Tribune photo by Chris Byess
Reinhardt’s Jeannie Fiero tips the ball over the net as a pair of Point players defend Tuesday. The Lady Eagles won the AAC match in straight sets.
Tribune photo by Chris Byess
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WALESKA — On its “Dig Pink Night,” with Reinhardt’s volleyball team decked out in pink to raise awareness and donations for breast cancer, the Lady Eagles swept Point University 25-17, 25-17, 25-22 on Tuesday for an Appalachian Athletic Conference win and a much needed boost of momentum.

After going 1-4 on a recent five-match road trip, Reinhardt (12-15, 3-9) returned home in need of a victory.

Thanks to some strong play up front, and an excellent match from Kim McIntyre, Reinhardt was victorious, sweeping Point (3-15, 0-12) for the second time this season.

“This win definitely helps morale,” Reinhardt coach Jenny Hayes said. “We’ve struggled more in conference play this year than in non-conference matches, so the win is very important. It’s is going to help us as we go into the last month of conference play.”

Entering the night having lost their last five conference matches, the Lady Eagles got off to a quick start in the first set and jumped to a 15-7 lead.

With Candace Turcotte, Amelia Moore and Jeannie Fiero set up by McIntyre, Reinhardt won the battle at the net and took the set comfortably.

Smart play at the beginning of the second set saw Point take an early lead, but after Reinhardt battled back to take to even the score at 10-all, the Lady Eagles won seven of the next eight points to take a 17-11 and seize control of the set.

Point didn’t go out quietly, however. Trailing 20-14, the Skyhawks pulled within two points at 24-22, but the Lady Eagles held on to win the match.

McIntyre, who finished the night with 40 assists, helped to keep the Lady Eagles’ offense clicking.

“Kim was great (Tuesday),” Hayes said.

For McIntire, the win helped to ease the pressure the team had been feeling through their run of struggles.

“We really needed the win (Tuesday)” McIntyre said. “We just played for fun, which was a big change. We’ve been stressed about losing lately, and it’s affected our play, but (Tuesday), we came out confident, and we got one.”

Moore finished the night with 14 kills, while Jessica Feder led the team in digs with 10.
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