BIDWELL, Ohio — Patience is a virtue.
The Meigs volleyball team secured its first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over River Valley on Thursday in Gallia County. The Lady Marauders (1-7) were down early to the Lady Raiders (3-7), but Meigs fought back to ultimate victory.
River Valley took control of the match with a 25-21 victory during game one thanks to senior Jacey Walter’s five service points. Meigs junior Alliyah Pullins’ five points helped the Lady Marauders get back into the match with a 25-17 win during game two.
The Maroon and Gold continued to pressure the home team with a combined effort from sophomores Paige Denney and Devin Humphreys, but the Silver and Black battled back. Seniors Ashley Gilmore and Peyton Browning’s combined four points helped River Valley tie the game up at 23-all. Both teams continued to trade the lead until Pullins ended the set to give Meigs the 27-25 win for game three.
Game four kicked off with a pair of aces from junior Devyn Oliver. The Lady Marauders led by eight points by the midway point, before River Valley’s Gilmore began a rally to get the Lady Raiders within five points. However, the comeback was not to be as the visitors finished the match with a 25-21 win.
Oliver led Meigs with 10 service points, followed by Morgan Lodwick with seven points and Denney had six. Allie Hanstine had five points, while Maddie Hendricks had two and Kassidy Betzing and Devin Humphreys had a point apiece. Oliver had four aces, followed by Humphreys with three. Denney, Lodwick and Pullins each had two aces.
“It was a much needed win for morale and the confidence of the girls,” Meigs coach Lori Carter said. “This is the team I’ve been telling them all season that I believe in them and what they are capable of doing and they showed me what I’ve known since the beginning of August.”
Courtney Smith led the Lady Raiders with 15 service points, followed by Gilmore with 11. Walter, Alex Truance and Jessi Steele each had five points, while Brianna McGuire had one point. Gilmore led with two aces, while Truance, Smith, Walter and Steele had one apiece.
“We looked completely out of sync,” River Valley coach Denise Toler said. “Unfortunately, we had moments where we were doing really good and fighting back and the girls couldn’t keep their heads in it. Obviously, we’re going to take a little break. We don’t play again until Alexander on Thursday, so we have some time to refocus and get ourselves back together and be ready for them.”
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106