TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Consistency goes a long way.
The Eastern volleyball team led by at least 13 points in all three games Tuesday night during a 25-13, 25-12, 25-11 victory over visiting Belpre in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at the Eagle’s Nest.
The Lady Eagles (16-2, 11-1 TVC Hocking) won its fourth consecutive match, all of which have come in straight-game fashion. The hosts also claimed a season sweep of the Lady Golden Eagles after claiming a 25-8, 25-14, 25-15 victory at BHS back on September 10.
Eastern never trailed in Game 1, jumping out to early leads of 10-3 and 15-7. Belpre never came closer than seven points the rest of the way, as the hosts extended their edge to 24-11 before wrapping up the 12-point triumph.
Belpre claimed its first lead of the night at 1-0 in Game 2, but EHS responded with a 16-7 run to double up the guests for a 16-8 cushion. BHS never came closer than six the rest of the way, as the Lady Eagles closed the game on a 9-4 surge to take a 2-0 match lead.
There were three ties and four lead changes in the finale, but EHS broke away from a 3-all tie with a 10-2 run to claim a 13-5 edge. The guests closed to within seven at 13-6, but Eastern followed with a 12-5 charge to wrap up the 14-point decision.
Eastern had eight different players record a service point in the victory and finished the night with 27 kills, nine blocks and seven aces. Belpre, conversely, managed just eight service points in the match, with Daisy Cowdery leading the way with four points.
Jordan Parker and Erin Swatzel both led the hosts with nine points apiece, followed by Katie Keller, Kelsey Johnson and Sabra Bailey with six points each. Maddie Rigsby was next with four points, while Lindsay Wolfe and Kylie Long rounded things out with two points apiece.
Parker and Rigsby each had two service aces, followed by Keller, Johnson and Bailey with an ace each. Wolfe led the passing game with 23 assists, while Parker and Rigsby paced the defense with 20 and 18 digs respectively. Paige Cline also had 14 digs in the triumph.
Swatzel led the net attack with 10 kills and three blocks, followed by Rigsby with six kills and Parker with five kills. Both Rigsby and Parker also had three blocks apiece. Keller and Johnson also added four and two kills, respectively, for the hosts.
Both teams wore pink in some way with their uniforms as part of the Volley for the Cure match at Eastern.