GLOUSTER, Ohio — The postseason is right around the corner, and the Lady Eagles are bringing a winning streak.
The Eastern volleyball team capped off the 2017 regular season with its seventh straight victory, defeating Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Trimble by a 3-1 count in Bill White Gymnasium.
The Lady Eagles (15-7, 12-4 TVC Hocking) took the opening game advantage at 3-2 and led the rest of the way to the 25-21 triumph, stretching the margin as high as nine.
Eastern led initially in Game 2, but the hosts overtook EHS at 4-3 and never trailed again. Trimble evened the match at one game apiece with a 25-18 win. The Lady Eagles finished with their lowest side-out percentage of the night, at 41.7, in the second game.
The Green, White and Gold rebounded with a side-out percentage of 60 in the third game, their best of the night. The Lady Tomcats took an early lead in the third, but Eastern tied the game five times and eventually claimed a 10-8 lead. Trimble tied the game three times, but the Lady Eagles never fell behind, ultimately winning the game by a 25-20 final.
After four early lead changes in the fourth game, the teams were tied for the fourth and final time, at 9-all. The Lady Eagles claimed the next three points, stretched the lead to as many as 11 points, and eventually won the match-clinching game by a 25-17 margin.
For the match, Eastern held a 50.6-to-47.5 advantage in side-out percentage. EHS had 90 digs as a team, while committing 17 hitting errors and four serving errors. The Lady Eagles had a serving percentage of 95.7 in the victory.
The Lady Eagle service was led by Morgan Baer with 16 points, including three aces. Jenna Chadwell was next with 10 points, followed by Alessandra Martella with nine points and two aces. Allison Barber contributed six points to the winning cause, Morgain Little added four, while Sydney Sanders and Mackenzie Brooks finished with three and two service points respectively.
At the net, Eastern was led by Brooks with 11 kills and seven solo blocks, and Barber with seven kills and 11 solo blocks. Chadwell had five kills and one block, Little added three kills and three blocks, Baer chipped in with two kills and six blocks, while Kelsey Casto earned one kill in the win.
Baer also earned a team-high 31 assists for the victors, while Barber and Elayna Bissell came up with 17 digs apiece to pace the EHS defense.
Taya Lackey led the hosts with 11 service points, followed by Laura York with seven and Skylar Moore with six.
The Lady Eagles also defeated Trimble in four games on Sept. 21 in Tuppers Plains.
Eastern — seeded third — will return to action in the Division IV sectional final at ‘The Nest’ on Thursday, when they will host the winner of Monday’s semifinal match between sixth-seeded Symmes Valley and No. 11 seed Belpre.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.