Lady Eagles fend off Federal Hocking

By Alex Hawley -

TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Celebrating senior night with style.

The Eastern volleyball team claimed a 3-0 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Federal Hocking, on Tuesday night in Meigs County, in the Lady Eagles final home game of the regular season.

The Lady Eagles (12-9, 10-5 TVC Hocking) trailed by four points, early in the opening game, but the hosts fought back and took a lead at 10-9. The Lady Lancers tied the game at 10, but Eastern scored the next six points and never looked back, rolling to the 25-14 win.

Federal Hocking scored the first four points of the second game, but Eastern answered with a 10-0 run. FHHS battled back to tie the game at 14, but never regained the lead, eventually falling by a 25-17 final.

The Lady Eagles never trailed in the third game, winning by a 25-13 final, to seal the 3-0 sweep.

Eastern’s service attack was led by junior Morgan Baer, who posted 26 points and four aces. Morgain Little finished with six points in the win, Allison Barber added five points, while Katlyn Barber had four points and one ace. Mackenzie Brooks, Alexus Metheney and Abbie Hawley each had three points for EHS, including an ace apiece by Brooks and Metheney. Abby Litchfield rounded out the serving category for the Lady Eagles with two points.

Katlyn Baber led the Green, White and Gold at the net with 15 kills and one block, while Brooks posted nine kills and two blocks. Little finished with four kills, Allison Barber chipped in with three kills and one block, while Baer and Elayna Bissell each had one kill, with Baer posting a team-best 30 assists. Katlyn Barber also led the EHS defense with 11 digs, followed by Hawley with eight.

The Lady Eagles also swept the Lady Lancers on September 20, in Stewart.

After wrapping up the regular season at Wahama, on Wednesday, the Lady Eagles will return to action in the sectional final, on October 20. The third-seeded EHS will host the winner of sixth-seeded Ironton St. Joseph and 11th-seeded South Gallia, in the sectional final.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley