MASON, W.Va. — You always want to take as much momentum as possible into the postseason.
The Eastern volleyball team picked up its third straight victory on Wednesday night, as the Lady Eagles took a 3-0 victory over Wahama, in the regular season finale for the Green, White and Gold.
Eastern (13-9, 11-5 TVC Hocking) never trailed in either of the first two games, winning by counts of 25-10 and 25-9.
Wahama (0-19, 0-16) scored the opening point of the third game, but Eastern took the next two and a 3-1 lead. The Lady Falcons tied the game at three, five, eight and for the final time at 10, but WHS never regained the advantage. The Lady Eagles ended the third with a 15-to-7 run, capping off the 3-0 sweep with a 25-17 win.
The Lady Eagle service attack was led by Morgan Baer with 16 points, including seven aces. Elayna Bissell was next with 15 points and two aces, while Alexus Metheney and Abbie Hawley each had seven points, including three aces by Metheney and one by Hawley. Allison Barber marked three points and one ace, while Katlyn Barber and Kelsey Casto each had one service point in the victory.
Gracie VanMeter led the Red and White with six points and one ace. Madison VanMeter and Makinley Bumgarner each had two points, while Maddy VanMatre, Hannah Billups and Elizabeth Mullins each marked one point, including an ace apiece by Madison VanMeter and VanMatre.
Eastern’s net attack was paced by Mackenzie Brooks, with 11 kills, and Katlyn Barber, with 10 kills and one block. Morgain Little posted eight kills in the win, Allison Barber added seven kills and one block, while Baer had two kills, one block and a match-best 28 assists. Eastern’s defense was led by Katlyn Barber with 15 digs, followed by Baer with six.
VanMatre led Wahama at the net with three kills and one block, while Mullins added one kill and two blocks. Billups, Bumgarner and Madison VanMeter each posted one kill, with VanMeter marking a team-best five assists. VanMatre also led the WHS defense with nine digs, followed by Madison VanMeter with six.
Eastern will be off until Thursday, October 20, when it begins postseason play. The Lady Eagles will bring momentum into tournament with three consecutive victories, all of which came in straight-games.
“It’s been a good week,” said. EHS head coach Katie Williams. “It doesn’t really matter what you do in the regular season, it matters in the tournament. We’re hoping for a good run, we think we have a pretty good draw and the girls are going to play their hardest.”
The Lady Eagles are the third-seed and will host the winner of sixth-seeded Ironton St. Joseph and 11th-seeded South Gallia, in the sectional final.
Wahama will host Williamstown and Point Pleasant on Monday in the Lady Falcons’ Volley for the Cure match.
“In the first two games we were a little intimidated,” WHS coach Matt VanMeter said. “Eastern’s a great team and it always has been. Once they realized they could actually play with (Eastern) and took a little razzing from me, they started hustling and diving after the ball. Hopefully we’ll just keep improving, we’re still young, but in that third set we looked like a totally different team.”
Eastern also swept Wahama in the first meeting between the teams, which occurred on September 20, in Meigs County.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.