The Lady Eagles began the day by losing to 10th-ranked Kell (28-26, 25-16) before bouncing back with victories over ninth-ranked Kennesaw Mountain (13-25, 25-22, 25-23), South Forsyth (32-30, 30-28) and Parkview (25-23, 25-23).
"I'm proud of how hard the girls worked (Saturday)," Etowah coach Kim Robertson said. "This early in the year, we're still trying to develop our chemistry, but overall, I'm happy with our results. It was a long day, and we had a couple of overtime matches, but we battled in all of them."
Etowah's day saw three games go into overtime, one three-game match and several close calls. Kell proved to be a very strong opponent, winning the first game by a close margin and pulling away in the second.
The Lady Eagles (10-4) were pushed to three games against Kennesaw Mountain before ultimately earning the win. Etowah lost the first game by 12 points before taking Games 2 and 3 by narrow margins.
"We had to play Kell and Kennesaw Mountain, two ranked teams, in back-to-back matches," Robertson said. "So it was nice to see how we responded after losing both games to Kell and the first one to Kennesaw Mountain. That showed how tough these girls are and, I think, helped pull us through the rest of our matches."
The matches didn't get any easier for Etowah later in the day as both games against South Forsyth went into overtime and the Lady Eagles had to rally from a deep deficit in the second game against Parkview to get the victory.
Neither South Forsyth nor Etowah seemed to give an inch as the points piled up, eventually leading to the 30-plus-point games. The last time the Lady Eagles scored 30 or more points was when they won a game, 33-31, against Sandy Creek in 2005.
"I know that's the most points we've scored since I've been here," said Robertson, the second-year Etowah coach.
Against Parkview, neither team led by more than three points in the first game. With the score tied at 20-all, Etowah picked up a block from Jessica Gum, a kill from Tiffany Buck and a service ace from Sam Scaglione to lead, 23-20. The Lady Panthers came back to trail, 24-23, after an Etowah attack error, but Courtney Cohen closed out the first game with a kill for the 25-23 win.
Etowah never had the lead in the second game until the final few points and trailed by as much as eight, 20-12, before rallying. With the Lady Eagles trailing, 23-16, a Parkview attack error started a 9-0 run that clinched the game for Etowah, 25-23.
Bella Hannigan served out the match for Etowah, picking up the final eight points. Jayme Blosser and Hannigan each had two kills during the spurt. Hannigan's ace pulled Etowah to within 23-22 and a Parkview rotation error tied the game at 23-23. Buck's kill gave Etowah a 24-23 lead and Parkview's attack error closed the run, giving the Lady Eagles the victory.
"I told them I was buying them pizza after the game if we win," Robertson said. "These girls are fighters. I had trust that they would overcome that lead, and they proved that (Saturday)."
Bucks had 15 kills on the day, while Cohen had 13. Blosser totaled 28 assists and nine aces and Scaglione had 37 digs and four aces. Shannon Stone finished with 10 kills and seven blocks.