Lady Marauders outlast Southern in opener


ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — You only get to open the season once, so you might as well make the most of it.

The Lady Marauders and Lady Tornadoes battled through five games in a non-conference volleyball match on Tuesday night in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium, with host Meigs taking the 3-2 victory.

Southern (0-1) led wire-to-wire in the opening game, taking the 25-13 victory. The Lady Tornadoes led early in the next game, but Meigs (1-0) ended the second with a 17-to-5 run, tying the match at one game apiece with a 25-14 triumph.

The Lady Marauders pulled into the 2-1 lead with a second straight 25-14 win in the third game. Meigs scored the first four points in the fourth game, but SHS fought back to take the lead at 10-9 and the Lady Tornadoes never trailed again. Southern won the fourth by a 25-20 final, forcing a fifth and final game.

MHS also claimed the first four points of the fifth, but this time the Lady Marauders didn’t relinquish their lead, rolling to the 15-6 win in the deciding game.

“The girls persevered,” first-year MHS head coach Lea Ann King said afterwards. “We lost the first game, but they came back and started talking a little more. They realized that they needed to talk and they needed to stay low. They showed me that they were ready for the win.

“We still need to work on coverage,” added King. “Our passing was better, we had some good sets and some awesome hits. We still need to move some of our other key players in to do hitting, instead of relying on one player.”

The Lady Marauder service attack was led sophomore Maci Hood with 11 points and junior Maddie Fields with 10. MHS libero Deidra Cleland posted nine service points, Marissa Noble was next with eight, followed by Baylee Tracy with seven and Kassidy Betzing with six. McKenzie Ohlinger contributed four service points to the winning cause, while Hannah Durst chipped in with one.

Southern’s service attack was led by Jaiden Roberts and Marissa Brooker with 10 points apiece, including three and two aces respectively. Phoenix Cleland finished with eight points and two aces, Jane Roush added six points and three aces, while Baylee Grueser marked four points. Paige VanMeter rounded out the SHS service with two points.

“We’re just a really young club, we made some mistakes and we beat ourselves,” second-year SHS head coach Kim Hupp said. “We made some mistakes that we shouldn’t have made, we missed some serves and missed some spikes. We just beat ourselves, but we’re young and we have to learn from our mistakes.”

At the net, Southern was led by Baylee Wolfe with seven kills and three blocks. VanMeter also posted seven kills, while Sydney Cleland and Jolisha Ervin marked three kills apiece. Cleland and Roberts both had two kills in the setback, while Kassie Barton added one kill and one block. Roush led the Lady Tornado defense with 10 digs.

These teams are scheduled to meet again as two parts of a tri-match with Marietta, on September 9, at Meigs.

The Lady Marauders return to action on Thursday at Eastern, while Southern is back on the court on Monday at River Valley.

Addition statistical information for Meigs was unavailable by presstime.

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Meigs junior Deidra Cleland (17) hits the ball over the net during the Lady Marauders’ 3-2 victory over Southern, on Tuesday at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_8.24-MHS-Cleland.jpgMeigs junior Deidra Cleland (17) hits the ball over the net during the Lady Marauders’ 3-2 victory over Southern, on Tuesday at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium. Alex Hawley|OVP Sports

Southern junior Baylee Wolfe (center) spikes the ball in front of teammates Jaiden Roberts (11) and Jane Roush (9), during the Lady Tornadoes loss at Meigs, on Tuesday.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_8.24-SHS-Wolfe.jpgSouthern junior Baylee Wolfe (center) spikes the ball in front of teammates Jaiden Roberts (11) and Jane Roush (9), during the Lady Tornadoes loss at Meigs, on Tuesday. Alex Hawley|OVP Sports

Southern sophomore Mickenzie Ferrell (left) receives a serve in front of teammate Jane Roush (9), during Tuesday’s season opener. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_8.24-wo-SHS-Ferrell.jpgSouthern sophomore Mickenzie Ferrell (left) receives a serve in front of teammate Jane Roush (9), during Tuesday’s season opener. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)Alex Hawley|OVP Sports

Meigs junior Kassidy Betzing dives for a dig, during the Lady Marauders’ season opening win over Southern. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_8.24-wo-MHS-Betzing.jpgMeigs junior Kassidy Betzing dives for a dig, during the Lady Marauders’ season opening win over Southern. (Alex Hawley|OVP Sports)Alex Hawley|OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

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