TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Net dominance leads the Lady Eagles to victory.
The Eastern volleyball team posted 39 kills and 17 blocks Thursday night, while holding Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Belpre to 15 kills and six blocks, and the host Lady Eagles claimed a 3-1 win.
Eastern (11-9, 7-7 TVC Hocking) trailed early in the opening game, but took a 4-3 lead and never trailed again, charging to a 25-15 victory on the strength of eight blocks.
Belpre stormed out to an 11-2 lead in the second game, but the Lady Eagles battled back to take a 17-16 lead. The EHS lead was short-lived however, as the Orange and Black took an 18-17 advantage and held on for the 25-21 triumph.
The Green and Gold never trailed in the third game, holding Belpre to just two service points en route to a 25-14 win.
BHS jumped out to an 11-9 lead in the fourth, but EHS scored 16 of the next 18 points to take the game by a 25-13 count and the match by a 3-1 tally.
“We had some ball handling errors in Game 2,” third year Eastern head coach Katie Williams said. “We focused on cleaning it up and controlling what we can control. This is a big momentum boost, hopefully we can take some momentum into Monday and Tuesday and then into the tournaments.”
EHS senior Kelsey Johnson led the Lady Eagles’ service attack with 14 points and three aces, followed by Morgain Little with 13 points and one ace. Morgan Baer and Elayna Bissell both posted nine points, including two aces by Bissell and one by Baer. Katlyn Barber and Brittney Leach each posted five points, including an ace by Barber, while Annalisa Boano finished with two points and one ace.
Barber led Eastern at the net with 17 kills and seven blocks, followed by Kelsey Johnson with nine kills and two blocks. Boano marked eight kills and two blocks, Mackenzie Brooks added five kills and three blocks, while Baer had two blocks and Little had one block in the win. Barber also paced the EHS defense with 21 digs, followed by Kelsey Johnson with 11, while Baer marked a match-best 34 assists.
Belpre’s service attack was led by Lauryn Simmons with nine points, followed by Kaitlyn Hughes with six points. Katie Osburn and Alex Williams both marked four points, Trinidy King added three, while Ryleigh Barrett finished with two. King and Williams both posted two aces, while Osburn had a team-high 15 assists.
King marked a team-best 12 digs, while Sydney Hall led the Orange and Black at the net with six kills and two blocks. Daisy Cowdery had four kills and three blocks, Hughes and King both added two kills, while Sydney Spencer added one kill and one block in the loss.
The Green and Gold also defeated Belpre on September 17, in Washington County.
Eastern returns to action on Monday when the Lady Eagles visit Wahama. The Green and Gold will return home on Tuesday when they attempt to avenge a September 22 loss to Southern.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.