Golden Eagle volleyball handles Hayes, Heights in OCC
News Staff Reports
It was anything but easy, but Big Walnut pulled out its ninth straight Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division victory of the season, improving to 10–4 overall and 9–0 in the league with last Tuesday’s (September 25) four-set win over visiting Delaware Hayes in Sunbury.
The Pacers made the Golden Eagles battle for every point. Big Walnut won the first set 25–18 — it’s most convincing win of the night — before squeezing out a 26–24 win in the second. Hayes battled back in the third, taking the set by a 25–23 margin, only to see the hosts seal the deal with a 25–19 win in the fourth and final game.
“I thought we served tough which, at times, kept them (Hayes) off-balance,” Golden Eagle head coach Ron Lehman said. “But Delaware played really well … they really challenged us in what was a pretty good back-and-fourth battle.”
Natalie Chatterton led the Eagle offense with 12 kills. Abby Painter was also solid, closing with eight kills while Kalynn Bowmar and Claire Chatterton closed with seven and six, respectively.
Rachel Howser led Hayes (5–12, 3–6 OCC) with 13 kills. Krysta Iwanek finished with 10 kills while Jen Foreman had a team-best 22 digs, Candice Rathburn had 16 digs, Sarah Scott closed with three aces and Ivy Hankins had 30 assists in the setback.
BIG WALNUT 25–25-25, WATKINS MEMORIAL 8–13-10 — The Golden Eagles reached double-digits in conference victories with last Thursday’s three-game sweep of the visiting Warriors in Sunbury.
Big Walnut (11–4), sitting atop the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division with an unblemished 10–0 record, was led by the triumvirate of Morgan Alley, Abby Painter and Kylee Williams in dispatching Watkins Memorial.
Alley was 16-for-19 serving with 3 aces while recording 73 sets and 19 assists. Painter contributed 3 aces on a 10-for-13 serving effort while posting 11 kills. Williams was a perfect 15-for-15 at the service line while collecting 12 digs. Alexis Newman turned in a match-high 20 digs while Natalie Chatterton added 9 kills and 4 blocks and Brooke Hatfield finished with 7 kills and 3 blocks.