Lady Eagles breeze by Belpre

By Alex Hawley -

BELPRE, Ohio — The Lady Eagles seem to have picked up a habit, one they hope to hold on to.

The Eastern volleyball team rolled to its fifth straight win and its third consecutive sweep, topping Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Belpre on Monday in Washington County.

After a trio of lead changes in the opening game, the teams were tied for the fourth time, at 14. From that point, Eastern (7-4, 5-1 TVC Hocking) reeled off seven straight points and claimed 11 of the next 13, taking Game 1 by a 25-16 final.

The visiting Lady Eagles never trailed in the Game 2 or Game 3, winning by impressive counts of 25-12 and 25-4.

EHS senior Morgan Baer led the Lady Eagle service attack with 14 points. Mackenzie Brooks was next with 10 points and a team-high six aces, while Jenna Chadwell added eight points to the winning cause. Allison Barber and Sidney Cook each had six points and two aces in the triumph, while Morgain Little chipped in with five points.

Kelsey Casto finished with four points for the victors, Alexus Metheney added three points, while Alessandra Morella marked one service point.

Chadwell led Eastern at the net with seven kills and one block. Cook posted five kills for EHS, Barber added four kills and four blocks, while Brooks had three kills and a team-best six blocks. Little collected three kills, Casto earned one kill, Baer had two blocks and a team-high 17 assists, while Morella added one block.

Eastern’s defensive effort was led by Barber and Elayna Bissell with 11 digs apiece.

Kaitlyn Richards led the hosts with six service points, followed by Madison French with five. Katie Osborn and Ryleigh Hannah had two points apiece for Belpre, while Sydney Spencer marked one service point.

Eastern and Belpre will clash again on Oct. 9 in Tuppers Plains. EHS continues league play at Miller on Tuesday and then back at ‘The Nest’ to host Trimble on Thursday.

By Alex Hawley

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.