TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Now that’s how you end a skid.
The Eastern volleyball team snapped a four-match losing skid in grand style Thursday night, defeating Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Miller in straight games, while never trailing.
The Lady Eagles (4-4, 1-2 TVC Hocking) took the opening game by a 25-9 count and followed it up with a 25-12 win in game two. The Lady Falcons managed just one service point in the third game, as EHS cruised to a 25-4 win, and a 3-0 match victory.
“This was a big morael booster for us after playing several tough teams,” EHS head coach Katie Williams said. “I quit calling (serving) zones for them and I decided that I needed to let them do their own thing. They’re taking ownership of it, we’ve been working on it in practice and they’ve really been excelled with it. I think that we’re more comfortable doing it that way.”
EHS libero Elayna Bissell led the Lady Eagles service attack with 28 points, including six aces. Morgan Baer finished with eight points and one ace, Brittney Leach added seven points, while Kelsey Johnson finished with five. Hannah Barringer marked four points, Abbie Hawley and Annalisa Boano each added three, while Holly Johnson finished with two points. Hawley and Holly Johnson each finished with one ace in the win.
At the net Eastern was led by Kelsey Johnson with seven kills and six blocks, followed by Katlyn Barber with six kills and one block. Mackenzie Brooks marked three kills and five blocks, Boano added two kills and three blocks, Baer finished with a kill and two blocks, while Barringer and Emily Sinclair each posted one kill. Baer marked a team-best 14 assists, while Leach and Barber led the EHS defense with seven digs apiece.
Brooklyn Wilson led the Lady Falcons with five service points, followed by Sanae Dutiel with three, Lacy Alexander with two and Jessica Post with one.
EHS returns to action on Monday when the Lady Eagles invade South Gallia.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.