HEMLOCK, Ohio — The Lady Eagles let one get away, and they had a long ride home to think about it.
The Eastern volleyball team led Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Miller two-games-to-none on Tuesday night in Perry County, giving the Lady Eagles a dozen straight game wins. However, the host Lady Falcons pulled off the miraculous comeback, winning three straight games to hand EHS its first loss since Aug. 31.
After a pair of lead changes early in the opening game, Miller established a four-point advantage. However, the Lady Eagles (7-5, 4-2 TVC Hocking) fought back and regained edge at 19-18. From that point, the Lady Falcons tied the game four times, but never regained the lead, falling by a 26-24 final.
Eastern stormed out of the gates in the second game, leading by as much as 14, at 17-3. Miller fought back to within nine before falling by a 25-14 final.
Miller turned the tables in the third game, never trailing and leading by as much as 11 en route to a 25-17 win.
In Game 4, the Lady Falcons charged out to a nine point lead at 12-3, but Eastern fought back to tie the game at 20. The Lady Eagles tied the game again at 21, but surrendered four straight points to MHS, giving the hosts a 25-21 win to force a fifth game.
In the deciding game, Eastern led 3-1, but gave up six consecutive points to MHS. Eastern tied the game at nine, but Miller claimed the next three points. The Lady Eagles fought to within one, at 12-11, but the Lady Falcons scored the next three points and won by a 15-11 count, sealing the 3-2 victory.
EHS senior Morgan Baer led the Lady Eagles with 13 service points, including one ace. Morgain Little finished with 12 points and one ace in the setback, while Mackenzie Brooks and Jenna Chadwell each had 10 points, win an ace by Brooks.
Allison Barber finished with five points and one ace for the guests, Alexus Metheney chipped in with two points, while Elayna Bissell and Sidney Cook marked one service point apiece.
At the net, Eastern was led by Little with 13 kills and Barber with 10 kills and three solo blocks. Brooks posted five kills and two solo blocks for EHS, Chadwell added three kills, while Kelsey Casto marked two kills and one block.
Baer and Alessandra Morella each had one kill, with Baer recording a team-best 29 assists. Bissell led the EHS defense with 24 digs.
Ryleigh Newman led the Lady Falcons with 16 service points, including one ace. Olivia Houk was next with 13 points, followed by Josie Crabtree with nine points and two aces. Josie Perani had eight points in win, Lacey Alexander added four points, while Haille Joseph, Brooklyn Wilson and Taylor Hinkle marked three, two and one respectively.
The Lady Eagles will look to avenge this setback on Oct. 10 at ‘The Nest.’ Eastern is back in action at home on Thursday against Trimble.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.