EAST PALESTINE OH- State Ranked Wellsville traveled north to East Palestine looking to put a stranglehold on their lead at the top of the EOAC. The grip tightened as the Tigers overpowered the Bulldogs for their 10th straight win (25-15, 25-14, 25-9).
East Palestine looked up to the challenge early as the Bulldogs started hot building an early 11-6 lead in the 1st set. The Tigers slammed the door shut on any upset aspirations from that point scoring 13 of the next 14 points on their way to a 1st set victory. Wellsville left no doubt at the start of the 2nd set as the Tigers raced out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. The net presence of Presley Stokes and Alana Amato during the 2nd set proved too much for the Bulldogs to overcome. Stokes would finish the night with 21 kills, 3 blocks, while Amato would tally 10 kills and 2 blocks. The start of the 3rd set saw Wellsville’s Brooke Hackney serve 14 straight as the Tigers would cruise to the 3rd set victory. Hackney added to her performance at the service line with 4 kills and 5 blocks. Bella Poppelriter contributed 20 assists, while Aubri Ramsey solidified the Tiger defense with 20 digs.
The Bulldogs were led by Mia Lee with 7 kills, and 3 blocks, teammate Mackenzie Parker tallied 6 points and 4 assists.
Wellsville (10-1, 8-0) looks to keep their win streak intact Saturday as they travel to Fort Frye. East Palestine (5-5, 4-4) hits the road on Tuesday as they visit to United.
*Contributed By YSN’s Chris Sigler