By Ty Bartell
LEETONIA OH- Multiple athletic events occurred throughout Northeast Ohio on Saturday, whether it was
on a field, on a court, or a cross country course! On the volleyball side of things, there were plenty of matchups with a first serve starting, in some cases, in the morning hours all the way into the early afternoon. One of those matchups was a non-conference contest between The Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference’s (EOAC) Leetonia Bears who hosted The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference’s (MVAC) Waterloo Vikings.
The Bears had seen their struggles this season, looking for just their second win of the season on Saturday. While The Vikings came in riding the roller coaster, going 3-3 in their last 6 matches while alternating between a win and a loss in those matches. The two programs had also had a prior meeting this season back on September 2nd on Waterloo’s home turf, The Vikings took that match 3-0.
The first set of match number two on Saturday saw a close battle in the opening set as The Bears were feeling the energy from playing at home. However, it would not be enough, as The Vikings pulled away with the opening set 25-18. Set two was much of the same, with both teams showing a good battle throughout. But unfortunately for Leetonia, the result shared similarities to the set prior, with Waterloo capturing the set two win 25-17. With a comfortable advantage of 2-0 in sets, The Vikings kept their foot on the gas and rode it all the way to a 25-12 straight set sweep of The Bears.
Arianna Rebecchi led the way with a double-double in kills (17) and digs (11) in the match! While Delaney Milley was doing work behind the service line with 6 aces to pair with 17 digs and 8 kills of her own! Both Eddy’s were active in the box score as Alexis Eddy led the team in digs with 24 and Brilyn Eddy worked the double-double in digs (17) and assists (23).
The win puts The Vikings back to .500 on the season, as Waterloo (5-5) will entertain an angry Western Reserve (9-1) on Tuesday, September 19th. Leetonia (1-12) will attempt to get back to winning ways when they host Valley Christian (0-10) also on Tues