Lady Eagles fall in 5 at Waterford
by Bryan Walters firstname.lastname@example.org
WATERFORD, Ohio — The more consistent team wasn’t the one that was previously unbeaten over the last two-plus years.
The Eastern volleyball team had its league winning streak snapped at 39 matches Thursday night following a 24-26, 25-17, 24-26, 25-11, 15-8 setback to host Waterford in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division at the Harry Cooper Annex in Washington County.
The visiting Lady Eagles (12-2, 7-1 TVC Hocking) suffered their first league setback since October 5, 2010, when EHS dropped a 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 outcome at Waterford. Eastern — which had won the last six meetings, including a pair of district tournament contests — was outscored by a total of 25 points over five games.
The Lady Wildcats (10-2, 8-0) trailed 1-0 and 2-1 early on in the match, but rallied with consecutive wins in the final two games by an impressive margin of 40-19. Both WHS losses were also by the two-point minimum.
The Lady Eagles finished the night with a combined 41 kills, 34 service points, 13 blocks and only one ace, and the guests also did not score a single service point in the decisive fifth game.
Maddie Rigsby and Kelsey Johnson led the EHS service attack with eight points apiece, followed by Jordan Parker with six points and Lindsay Wolfe with five points. Erin Swatzel and Katie Keller also had four and three points, respectively, for the guests. Johnson recorded the Lady Eagles’ lone ace.
Parker led the net attack with 15 kills and five blocks, followed by Rigsby and Swatzel with eight kills apiece. Johnson added six kills and Keller had four kills as well in the setback. Rigsby contributed three blocks, while Keller and Swatzel each had two blocks.
Rigsby had 47 digs to lead the defense, followed by Paige Cline with 46 digs and Parker with 40 digs. Wolfe led the passing game with 36 assists.
Madison Sury led WHS with 16 service points, followed by Laura Hill and Dani Drayer with 11 points apiece. Taylor Hilverding added 10 points and game-highs of 17 kills and nine blocks for the victors.
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