ELIZABETHTOWN — The Lady Eagles played perhaps their best match in two seasons Thursday and send visiting Clinton back home with its first Four County Conference loss of the season in four games.
The win improved East Bladen to 8-7 overall and 5-4 in the conference, while the Lady Dark Horses fell to 15-3 overall and 8-1 in the conference.
The Lady Eagles put up a good battle in the opening game by came up just short as Clinton took a 25-23 win. But from there, East Bladen was all but unbeatable.
The Lady Eagles rebounded in the second game to take a dominating 25-14 win and followed it up with two more victories that were much closer — 25-22 and 25-21.
East Bladen pounded a total of 39 kills in the match, led by Lacey Suggs’ 16 and Lexie Mendell’s 13.
Miller Heustess recorded a double-double with 23 assists and 14 service winners for the Lady Eagles, while Suggs chipped in four aces and Mendell added three aces. Abby Ward contributed 12 service points and an ace.
Hannah DeVane had five kills and Claire Campbell added two aces and two kills for East Bladen. Anna Grace Long also had a pair of kills.
The Lady Eagles will travel Tuesday for a conference match against Pender County.
Lady Knights fall
Wallace-Rose Hill came to Dublin on Thursday and whipped West Bladen in straight sets by the scores of 25-22, 25-7 and 25-18.
The loss drops the Lady Knights to 5-9 overall and 1-7 in the Four County Conference, while the Lady Bulldogs are now 11-4 and 7-2.
Morgan Schumacher led West Bladen with nine service winners and five blocks, while Laikyn Pait contributed four kills and two blocks. Kathryn Schultz had five kills, Kassidy Anderson had three kills and Logan Autry had two kills for the Lady Knights.
West Bladen will travel to take on Heidi Trask on Tuesday.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.