TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — A perfect end to the Lady Eagles’ perfect week.
The Eastern volleyball team earned its third consecutive straight-games victory on Thursday evening in Meigs County, as the Lady Eagles defeated Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Wahama.
The Lady Eagles (7-5, 5-3 TVC Hocking) and Lady Falcons (0-9, 0-8) fought through five ties and a pair of lead changes early in the opening game, but EHS finished the first with a 17-to-5 run, moving ahead 1-0 with a 25-13 victory.
Eastern led wire-to-wire in each of the final two games, winning both by a 25-11 margin to seal the 3-0 match victory.
“We’ve been pretty consistent with everything this week,” EHS head coach Katie Williams said. “Our passing has gotten a lot better this week, and I think the girls are more focused. This is our first three-game week and I think the fact that we had three games didn’t let us think about anything other than what we needed to do.”
The Lady Eagle service attack was led by Morgain Little with 14 points and two aces, followed by Morgan Baer with 12 points and one ace. Katlyn Barber and Mackenzie Brooks both posted five points, including two aces and one ace respectively.
EHS sophomores Alexus Metheney and Kelsey Casto each had four service points, with three and two aces respectively. Abby Litchfield finished with three points and one ace, Allison Barber added two points and one ace, while Abbie Hawley had one service point in the win.
Wahama’s service attack was led by Grace Hill and Rebekah Roach with four points apiece, including two aces by Hill and one ace by Roach. Maddy VanMatre posted three service points, while Madison VanMeter and Alexis Mick both finished with one point.
“We moved a little bit better tonight than we have in the past,” WHS head coach Matt VanMeter said. “We’re still learning and we’re still young. We got some digs out of (Eastern’s) hits and these girls can hit.”
At the net, Eastern was led by Katlyn Barber with 11 kills and two blocks. Brooks had nine kills for the victors, while Allison Barber added five kills and one block. Baer and Little both had four kills for the victors, with Baer marking a match-high 27 assists. Katlyn Barber and Elayna Bissell both posted six digs to lead the EHS defense.
“We’ve been working more on playing our attack out of defense, and we’re trying to get faster on that transition speed,” Williams said. “If we pass well and serve well against Waterford on Monday, there’s no reason we can’t be there competing with them.”
Waterford is 8-0 in the league, ranked third in the latest Ohio High School Coaches Association Division IV poll and holds a straight-games victory over EHS from a September 1 match in Washington County.
Wahama’s net attack was led by VanMatre with three kills, followed by Elizabeth Mullins with two. VanMeter, Roach, Logan Eades and Makinley Bumgarner each had one kill in the setback, with VanMeter marking a team-best five assists. Bumgarner had a team-high eight digs, followed by VanMeter with seven.
“When we get a good pass and we get a good set, we have to be able to send it over hard,” Coach VanMeter said. “We have to get our timing down and we have to build our confidence up. It’s hard to build our confidence up when we’re playing teams as good as Eastern, but I’m not disappointed. I’m always disappointed with a loss, but I think we can learn from it and come back.”
Wahama will return to action on Monday, when Ohio Valley Christian visits Mason.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.