EATON — The Eaton varsity volleyball team beat Monroe, 25-14, 25-19, 25-18, on Thursday, Sept. 22, winning a fairly tight contest against the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division rival.
The win avenged an earlier loss to the Hornets and moved the Eagles to within a game of second place in the SWBL Southwestern Division.
“Good win for the kids,” said coach Parker Fields. “It is vital for the success of a program to surround yourself with people you love and respect, who have a tremendous knowledge and passion for the game. The kids really responded to Micki’s message this week. I feel like this a was a big win for the program.”
Fields reference was to assistant coach Micki Sitloh who delivered her message during practice after the team suffered a loss to Valley View earlier in the week. The loss was the third straight for Eaton.
Sophomore Maley Tinstman had 11 digs, senior Emma McKinney had 16 assists, seven digs and four aces, senior Stacia Weathington made six kills, and sophomore Kelsey Waggoner made five blocks. Junior Ariel Richardson had four kills, two assists and three digs. Sophomore Becca Mowen added four kills, five digs and four service aces. Sophomore Alysa Sorrell had seven digs and four aces. As a team, Eaton had 15 aces on the night.
“We did a really nice job driving to block, which allowed our defenders to pick up some easy touched balls, or altered shots that went directly to a defender,” Fields said. “We really needed to take some time after a tough stretch and get a gauge for who we are. We thought it is was really important to take some time to focus on the things we needed to, in order to be a good team. We are tough physically, but our mental game has been a challenge for this group.”
Some changes were made on the court, changes Fields thinks helped the girls in the win over Monroe.
“We made a minor change at the pins, which really helped in our communication, and got some kids away from each other in serve receive that were having trouble establishing a connection; it put some kids in a better suited defensive position,” he said.
“Our goal is to turn the corner in league play, and win the back half of the season,” Fields said. “We have what it takes physically. If we keep improving our trust and communication, we have the ability to head into the tournament with some momentum.”
Eaton is now 9-6 on the season, and is standing at 4-3 in the Southwestern Division. The Lady Eagles were slated for a division match up against Oakwood at home Tuesday, Sept. 27 and will travel to Brookville on Thursday.
Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @osanders_RH