THE PLAINS, Ohio — You cannot win them all, no matter how hard you try.
The Eastern volleyball team had a 28-match regular season winning streak come to an end Saturday, but the Lady Eagles bounced back to claim the program’s fourth straight Athens Invitational championship following an 11-25, 25-19, 25-23 victory over the host Lady Bulldogs in the title game at McAfee Gymnasium.
The Lady Eagles (3-1) opened the day with a 25-15, 21-25, 25-21 victory over Waverly to increase their streak to 28 matches, but then suffered an 18-25, 25-22, 22-25 setback to Marietta in the second match. That loss was the first for EHS in the regular season since October 5, 2010, when the Lady Eagles dropped a 25-19, 21-25, 20-25, 16-25 decision at Waterford.
Eastern, however, rallied with two straight wins in the title game after falling behind early to Athens, allowing the Lady Eagles to secure their fourth straight Athens Invitational title.
Collectively, Gabby Hendrix led the Lady Eagles’ service attack with 24 service points, followed by Ally Hendrix and Maddie Rigsby with 21 points apiece. Kiki Osborne added 16 points over the course of three matches, while Jordan Parker had 14 points and Katie Keller with 12 points.
Through three matches, Jordan Parker led the net attack with 33 kills and nine blocks, followed by Maddie Rigsby with 25 kills and four blocks. Erin Swatzel had 17 kills and 12 blocks, while Kiki Osborne added 11 kills to the winning cause.
Katie Keller had eight kills and nine blocks, followed by Gabby Hendrix with one kill. Ally Hendrix had three kills and two blocks to go along with a team-high 94 assists in the three matches.