TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — A statement win for the Lady Eagles.
After needing five games to pull off a win in the first matchup on September 8, the Eastern volleyball team wasted far less time Thursday night while claiming a season sweep of visiting Trimble during a 25-16, 25-12, 25-13 victory in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division match at The Nest in Meigs County.
The Lady Eagles (9-6, 7-4 TVC Hocking) trailed only in Game 1 as the Lady Tomcats established early leads of 1-0 and 5-2, but the hosts rallied to knot things up at seven before scoring eight of the next nine points en route to a 15-8 edge.
EHS went on a small 10-8 run the rest of the way while wrapping up a nine-point win and a 1-0 match lead.
The Green and White led wire-to-wire in Game 2 after taking early leads of 8-0 and 17-1, but THS did score 11 of the final 18 points before running out of chances in a 13-point loss — giving Eastern a 2-0 match advantage.
The Lady Eagles led 3-0 early in Game 3, but the guests put together a small run to close to within 7-6. EHS followed with a dozen of the next 14 points for a 19-8 edge and eventually closed out the straight-game decision with a 12-point victory.
Morgan Baer led the Eastern service attack with 15 points and four aces, followed by Morgain Little with 12 points and Allison Barber with 11 points and three aces.
Katlyn Barber was next with three points, with Abby Litchfield and Alexus Matheny each contributing two points. Makenzie Brooks also had one point for the victors.
Little led the EHS net attack with 13 kills, followed by Katlyn Barber with 12 kills and Brooks with 10 kills. Allison Barber and Baer also contributed four and three kills, respectively.
Allison Barber had a team-best 12 digs, with Baer and Elayna Bissell both chipping in 11 digs apiece. Baer also had a team-high 34 assists.
Emily Ward paced Trimble with five service points, followed by Taya Lackey and Alexa Shust with four kills apiece. Kaitlyn Spears and Sydney Hardy also had a point each in the setback.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.