TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — It was another flying start for the Eastern volleyball Thursday night, as the Lady Eagles picked up their 37th consecutive Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division decision with a 25-9, 25-17, 25-14 victory over visiting South Gallia in the league opener for both programs.
The Lady Eagles (3-0, 1-0 TVC Hocking) began defense of their back-to-back league crowns in style, as the hosts led wire to wire in Game 1 and never trailed by more than three points in the entire contest.
The Lady Rebels (1-2, 0-1) led 2-0 in Game 2 and 7-4 in the finale, but EHS respectively rallied with runs of 25-15 and 21-7 to wrap up the 3-0 match decision.
Eastern led 6-0 to start Game 1 before SGHS scored to pull within five, which was as close as the guests would get in the opener. The Lady Eagles’ biggest lead of the night also came in Game 1 with the final 16-point margin of victory.
After falling behind 2-0 in Game 2, the hosts reeled off seven straight points en route to a 16-6 advantage. The Lady Rebels whittled that lead down to three at 17-14, but EHS closed the game with an 8-3 spurt to take a 2-0 edge in the match.
The Lady Eagles led 4-1 early on in the finale, but the guests responded with six straight points to claim their largest lead of the night at 7-4. Eastern rallied to knot things up at seven, then both teams traded leads before ending up deadlocked at nine.
EHS recaptured the lead for good at 10-9, but never led by more than four points en route to a small 17-14 cushion. Katie Keller served up the final eight points of the contest, allowing EHS to pick up its third consecutive straight-game triumph of the young season.
Katie Keller led the hosts with 16 service points, followed by Jordan Parker with 12 points and Kelsey Johnson with 11 points. Sabra Bailey and Erin Swatzel rounded out the service scoring with six and three points, respectively.
Parker led the net attack with 11 kills, followed by Swatzel with nine kills and a game-high four blocks. Rigsby and Johnson also chipped in eight and five kills, respectively.
Bailey dished out a team best 35 assists. Rigsby and Parker respectively came away with 27 and 23 digs in the triumph.
Shelby Sanders led the Lady Rebels with six service points, followed by Alicia Hornsby with two points. Brynn Adams and Sara Bailey also chipped in a point apiece to the losing cause.