By: Bryan Waltersbwalters@heartlandpublications.com
September 10, 2012
TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Eastern volleyball team needed four games, but the Lady Eagles came away with their 23rd straight league win Thursday night following a 25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 25-20 decision over visiting Waterford in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Meigs County.
The host Lady Eagles (5-1, 3-0 TVC Hocking) trailed 20-18 in Game 1 and were also tied at 17 in Game 2 before ultimately winning 15 of 16 points down the stretch of those two contests, allowing EHS to take a 2-0 match lead. The Lady Wildcats answered with a five-point win in Game 3 to pull within 2-1, but Eastern followed with a five-point victory to wrap up the 3-1 match decision.
Waterford — which has now dropped four straight matches against EHS, including tournament play last fall — is the last team to beat Eastern in TVC Hocking play, doing so on October 5, 2010 with a 25-19, 21-25, 20-25, 16-25 decision at WHS.
Maddie Rigsby led the Eastern service attack with 15 points, followed by Gabby Hendrix with 12 points and Erin Swatzel with nine points. Jordan Parker added four points to the winning cause, while Ally Hendrix and Kiki Osborne rounded things out with three points apiece.
Parker led the net attack with 14 kills, followed by Rigsby with 11 kills and Swatzel with eight kills and a team-best six blocks. Parker and Rigsby also added three blocks and one block, respectively.
Katie Keller had three kills and three blocks for the victors, while Osborne added three kills. Ally Hendrix had two blocks and a team-high 38 assists.