Eaton splits with Franklin, Bellbrook

FRANKLIN — Eaton’s volleyball team began Southwestern Buckeye League play last week with a split of its matches with Franklin and Bellbrook.

Eaton entered the week with a 3-0 record and raised that to 4-0 with a 25-14, 25-9, 25-8 win at Franklin on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Sophomore Shaylen Perry had a career-high 12 kills and senior Ariel Richardson added 11.

Eaton got off to a slow start in the first set and led 8-7, before scoring eight straight points behind the serving of junior Annika Gels and a pair of kills by Richardson to take a 16-7 lead and never looked back.

In the second set, two kills each by Perry and Richardson gave the Eagles a 4-0 lead. Leading 7-4, Eaton went on another 8-0 run to take control of the set.

In the third set, Eaton trailed 2-0, but scored 11 of the next 13 points for an 11-4 lead. After Franklin scored the next two points on Eaton hitting errors to cut the Eagles lead to 11-6, freshman Kylee Pitsinger served the next 10 points to give the Eagles a 21-6 lead.

Juniors Becca Mowen and Ava Miller added eight and seven kills respectively. Junior Courtney Giffen lead the team with 18 assists and junior Maley Tinstman added 16.

Eaton suffered its first loss two nights later as it had trouble with serve reception and Bellbrook took advantage.

Eaton lost in straight sets 25-17, 25-13, 27-25.

The match started well for Eaton as they led 12-9 midway through the first set. Bellbrook, though, went on a 10-1 run to seize control of the set and closed out the set with three straight kills.

In the second set, Eaton started slow and never recovered as Bellbrook raced out to a 12-4 lead, behind six aces, and didn’t have any trouble putting away Eaton.

The third set was a back and forth affair. Eaton led 8-4, before Bellbrook went on a 7-0 run for an 11-8 lead. Eaton battled back and eventually took a 25-24 lead, but a hitting error allowed Bellbrook to tie the match. Another hitting error gave Bellbrook a 26-25 and a kill ended the match.

Richardson lead Eaton with 11 kills and five digs. Mowen added seven kills. No other Eaton player had more than one kill. Tinstman had a team-high 13 assists.

Eaton (4-1, 1-1 SWBL) was scheduled to host Monroe on Tuesday, Sept. 5 and will host Oakwood on Thursday. The Eagles will close out the week with a trip to Roger Bacon on Saturday.

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Eaton’s Maley Tinstman sets Shaylen Perry during the Eagles 3-0 win at Franklin on Tuesday, Aug. 29.’s Maley Tinstman sets Shaylen Perry during the Eagles 3-0 win at Franklin on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH