|East Central traveled to Lawrenceburg for a big EIAC matchup.
The Trojans win 3-1; 17-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18.
EC now 8-5 ( 4-1 EIAC )
EC opened play on a smash by Nicole Sandmann and extended an early lead in game one to 7-4 on a Maria Shoemaker kill. Lawrenceburg answered with 3 straight including a Sophia Sandford kill to tie the score at 7-7. Teams traded points to a 11-11 tie when the Tigers started a 9-1 run to control game one at 20-12. A late run by EC on Kristen Weber and Sarah Schuman kills fell short as the Tigers won 25-17.
The Trojans again jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in game two on back to back kills by Weber and Josie Andres. Lawrenceburg clawed back to tie the score at 6-6 and take the lead 7-6 on a Sandford ace. EC tied the game at 9-9 on a Schuman kill and never trailed the rest of the way. Smashes by Sandmann and Andres extended the lead to 15-11 and prompted a Tiger timeout. An ace by Stacey Newport extended the lead to seven at 20-13 and an ace by Emily Egbers pushed the margin to ten at 24-14. EC cruised to win game two 25-18.
With the Trojans trailing 6-4 in game three back to back hammers by Schuman and Sandmann lead EC on a four point run to go in front 8-6. Multiple tips got the Tigers back to even at 11-11 then a pair of Weber kills rallied EC right back on a 4-0 run causing a Tiger timeout. Kaylyn Gindling followed the break with and ace to build the lead to five at 16-11. Lawrenceburg cut the lead to two at 18-16, but EC held on to win game three 25-20.
In similar fashion EC rallied on Andres and Shoemaker kills to a 5-1 lead to open game four, the Tigers urgently rallied behind back to back aces by Sandford to go out in front 6-5. Teams battled point for point to a 12-12 tie. Olivia Fette then fed the balanced EC front line attack on a 4-0 run, leading to another Tiger timeout at 16-12. The Tigers responded with a Riley Brunner kill to set the score at 16-13. A pair of aces by Sandmann rallied the Trojans on a 6-1 to take control of game three 22-14. EC closed out the final game 25-18.