By Roger LaLonde
The Marco Island Charter Middle School girls volleyball team earned the top seed for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference tournament, which begins Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles will host Evangelical Christian of Fort Myers at 5 p.m. in the Charter School gymnasium.
Following the game the Marco Island Academy High School volleyball team will play Evangelical Christian High School at 6:15 p.m.
The Lady Eagles earned the top seed with a victory over Oasis Charter Middle School on Thursday.
Both teams went into match with 9-1 records. The Lady Eagles had it their way in both games, winning 25-16, 25-17.
In the second game the Lady Eagles were up by as much as 22-10. With coach Wendy Pellant substituting freely, and a stronger server for Oasis, the gap was closed to 22-17 when the starters went back in to run out the last three points for the win.
Overall the team is 11-2, which includes the Collier Public Middle Schools competition.
“We have nine eighth graders and five seventh graders that play very well as a team,” Pellant said. “They have great skills and team work. They are having fun and enjoying a great experience.”
Key players include Katie Moss, Vanessa Torres, McKenna Lampos and Riley Burke.
Moss is the team leader and has all-around skills. Torres is a spikier, Lampos a very good setter and Riley Burke a real team player.