Eastern hands Blue Angels 1st loss


September 13, 2012

TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The streaks continue … and another comes to an end.

The Eastern volleyball team captured its ninth consecutive victory over visiting Gallia Academy Wednesday night during a 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14 non-conference matchup at the Eagles Nest in Meigs County.

The Lady Eagles (8-1) won their fifth straight match of the year and also posted their 22nd consecutive home triumph over a two-year span, and the hosts also snapped the previously-unbeaten Blue Angels’ current win streak at six matches.

There were a total of 13 lead changes and eight ties in the contest, as GAHS (6-1) avoided a three-game sweep for the first time in three seasons — despite falling behind 2-0 early in the match.

Game 1 featured six ties and seven lead changes alone, as the Blue Angels jumped out to an early 5-3 edge. EHS countered with an 8-5 run to take a small 11-10 lead, then gradually extended that margin out to its 25-19 final. Eastern never trailed in Game 2 and led by as many as eight en route to taking a 2-0 match advantage.

GAHS responded with a furious 10-1 charge in Game 3, but the hosts rallied back to knot things up at 15-all. The Blue Angels never trailed in Game 3 and closed things with a 10-5 run to pull within 2-1 in the match.

Gallia Academy took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in Game 4, but Eastern countered with a 15-6 surge to establish a 16-8 cushion. The Blue Angels never came closer than six points the rest of the way, and the Lady Eagles closed things out with a 9-6 run to wrap up the 3-1 match decision.

Kiki Osborne led the EHS service attack with 19 points, followed by Ally Hendrix with 10 points and Maddie Rigsby with nine points. Erin Swatzel was next with six points, while Gabby Hendrix and Jordan Parker closed things out with respective efforts of five and three points.

Parker led the Eastern net attack with 17 kills, followed by Rigsby with 10 kills and Swatzel with nine kills. Osborne was next with three kills, while Katie Keller and Ally Hendrix each contributed two kills.

Keller had a team-best four blocks, followed by Parker with two blocks and Osborne, Swatzel and Rigsby with a block apiece. Ally Hendrix had a team-high 41 assists in the triumph, while Gabby Hendrix led the defense with 22 digs.

Kassie Shriver led the GAHS service attack with nine points, followed by Maggie Westfall with seven points and Kendra Barnes with six points. Riley Nibert was next with five points, Haliegh Caldwell added four points and Breanna West chipped in two points.

Westfall led the net attack with 11 kills, followed by Nibert with eight kills. Caldwell, West and Micah Curfman all had four kills in the losing effort, while Chelsy Slone added three kills. Shriver and Barnes both contributed two kills as well.

Westfall had a team-high 10 blocks and Nibert added three blocks for the Blue Angels. Shriver led the GAHS passing game with 15 assists, followed by West with 12 assists. Barnes paced the defense with 24 digs.