TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Eastern volleyball team earned a straight game victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest South Gallia, Monday night in Meigs County, completing the season sweep of the Lady Rebels.
Eastern (10-8, 6-6 TVC Hocking) — which defeated the Lady Rebels 3-1 on September 14, at SGHS — battled back from an early deficit to take a 5-4 lead in Monday’s opening game. South Gallia (7-10, 3-9) rallied back to take a lead at 16-15, and expanded the advantage to 22-19. However, the Lady Eagles posted six straight points, five on serves by Katlyn Barber, sealing the 25-22 win.
The Lady Rebels managed just three service points in the second game, as EHS rolled to a 25-11 victory on the strength of nine points by libero Elayna Bissell. The Lady Eagles never trailed in the the final game, cruising to a 25-18 victory to secure the 3-0 match win.
“I thought we played really well tonight,” third year Eastern head coach Katie Williams said. “We played as a team, our passing was on, our setting was on, our attacking was on, we were talking and you could tell because the girls were having fun. This is a big win going into the last stretch of the TVC and it gives us confidence going into to tournaments. It’s a momentum builder.”
The Lady Eagles were led by Morgan Bear with 11 points and five aces, followed by Barber with 10 points and two aces. Bissell posted nine points and two aces, Kelsey Johnson added five points and two aces, while Morgain Little had four points and one ace. EHS senior Brittney Leach marked four service points, while Annalisa Boano, Abbie Hawley and Sidney Cook each finished with one point in the win.
SGHS was led by Courtney Haner and Jayla Wolford with seven points apiece, including two aces by Haner and one by Wolford. Mariah Hineman posted four points and one ace, Caitlyn Vanscoy added two points and two aces, Taylor Burnette marked two points, while Erin Evans and Kirstin Burnette both finished with one point.
“We came out strong and ready to play,” second year SGHS head coach Tracey Burnette said. “We missed a few crucial things and I think we could have had that first game. This is a very hard hitting team, my diggers were back there giving it all they had and I greatly appreciate that.”
At the net Eastern was led by Barber with 11 kills and two blocks, followed by Kelsey Johnson with nine kills and Boano with eight. Mackenzie Brooks posted seven kills and one block, while Baer and Emily Sinclair both marked one kill in the win. Barber led the EHS defense with 14 digs, followed by Kelsey Johnson with 10, while Baer marked a match-high 22 assists.
The SGHS net attack was led by Haner and Hineman with four kills and one block each. Vanscoy finished with three kills and three blocks, Wolford added three kills and two blocks, while Taylor Burnette contributed one kill in the setback. Evans and Taylor Burnette led South Gallia with six assists each, while Hineman led the defense with seven digs, followed by Taylor Burnette with three.
Eastern, which visits league-leader Trimble on Tuesday, returns to action on Thursday when Belpre travels to Tuppers Plains. SGHS returns to court in non-league action on Wednesday at River Valley.
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