GLOUSTER, Ohio — Just like last year.
The Eastern volleyball team secured its second straight outright league title at Trimble High School Tuesday night following a 25-15, 25-21, 25-20 victory over the host Lady Tomcats in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Athens County.
The Lady Eagles (20-1, 15-0 TVC Hocking) secured sole possession of the program’s 14th league crown in 16 years by earning a season sweep of THS. Eastern — which won its 35th consecutive TVC Hocking match — posted a 25-23, 25-21, 25-23 victory over the Lady Tomcats (13-5, 11-4) back on September 18 at the Eagle’s Nest.
The victory was the 18th in a row this season for the Lady Eagles, who have now won nine championships in 10 years under current EHS coach Howie Caldwell. It is also the fourth straight campaign in which Eastern volleyball has reached 20 wins in a season.
The Lady Eagles — who currently sit 11th in the Division IV coaches poll — also clinched the outright league crown at THS last fall with a 25-12, 25-19, 25-16 victory.
Ally Hendrix led the EHS service attack with 16 points, with 10 of those coming consecutively in Game 3. Maddie Rigsby, Erin Swatzel, Kiki Osborne and Jordan Parker each had five points, while Gabby Hendrix added four points to the winning cause.
Rigsby and Parker both led the net attack with 16 kills apiece, followed by Swatzel with six kills and a team-high 11 blocks. Osborne and Katie Keller each chipped in two kills, while Ally Hendrix added a kill for the guests. Keller had seven blocks, Rigsby contributed two blocks, and both Parker and Osborne had a block.
Ally Hendrix led the passing game with 40 assists, while Gabby Hendrix led the defense with 25 digs. Cierra Turley and Paige Cline also chipped in 11 digs apiece.
Tia Savage paced Trimble with eight service points, followed by Nikki Kish with six points.
Eastern has won its last five contests and 11-of-12 matches overall in straight games.