EAST PALESTINE, OH- A match with a ton of pride on the line went the way of Wellsville on Thursday night.  East Palestine was looking for a signature win heading into the postseason, and one that would send a ripple through the volleyball world.

They nearly found it.

However, Ohio’s All-time winningest volleyball Coach, Dan McKinstry, kept his troops calm and collected on their way to a 4-set victory on the road 25-7, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18.

Jenna McNicol was awarded the Player of the Game for Wellsville with her 37 digs, while her sister Emily had 15 assists and 4 aces.  Greta Cartwright had 24 assists and 4 aces and Meaghan Nixon contributed 4 kills.  The combination of Emma Smith and Alana Amato frustrated the frontline of East Palestine all night with 26 collective kills between them.

For East Palestine, Paige Snyder took home the Gorby’s Player of the Game with 6 points, 11 kills 12 digs and an ace.  Liv Figley had 7 kills and 7 blocks while Emily Berger also posted a double-double with 14 digs, 10 kills, 4 blocks, and 4 points.  McKenna Griffith also had a big night with 14 digs and 10 points.

East Palestine drops to 13-6 (9-3) while Wellsville advances to 15-3, and a perfect sweep of the EOAC in 2019 at 12-0.

Congratulations to Coach McKinstry and the Lady Tigers for their EOAC Championship.