It was a milestone victory for the London High School volleyball team.
Sure the 26-24, 25-6, 25-17 victory over Columbus Academy Tuesday, Sept. 20, looked like just another three-game win for the Red Raiders, but it actually was the 200th career victory for longtime coach Darrell Eades.
The win kept the Raiders (9-2, 5-0 in MSL Ohio) all alone atop the Mid-State League Ohio Division standings, heading into a key tilt with second-place Grandview Thursday.
“It’s 200 wins so it means a lot,” the coach said. “It’s a milestone mark and an achievement, but it is just another win. I think it’s bigger for the coaches.”
The Red Raiders are playing well and that’s the most important thing for the coach. Eades said his young team has found its stride and the key now is continuing to build on what has been developed.
“They’re getting a lot better,” he said. “We had some questions at the beginning of the season but we’ve really played well lately.
“We talk to them about how we have to continue to get better every night, every point. We have to keep our focus and continue to play at a high level.”
In the win over Academy Malorie Colwell (15 kills) and Addison Conley (14 kills, 22 digs) lead the way offensively. Arianna Calloway had 39 assists.
Jonathan Alder 3,
Buckeye Valley 0
The Lady Pioneers (10-4, 7-0 in MOAC Red Division) continued to roll along following an easy 25-18, 25-16, 25-13 victory Tuesday at Buckeye Valley.
The Barons never threatened the squad from Alder, which stayed all alone in first place of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division.
Alder has moved some players into different positions lately, but the fact the team hasn’t lost a beat shows the squads depth and ability.
Alexa Hasting, who has traditionally been on the outside played big in the libero spot recording 25 digs. Abby Jester had 23 assists, while Corinne Parker put together a nice all-around match with 12 kills, 15 assists, five blocks, three digs and a pair of aces.
Maddie Fuller and Kayleigh Hall both had seven kills, while Julie Jakse (10 digs) and Taylor Izzard (11 digs) had solid nights.
Alder will return to action Thursday when it travels to Marion Harding.
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