WATERFORD, Ohio — The Lady Wildcats take the first battle of defending Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division co-champions.
The Southern and Waterford volleyball teams — which have finished tied atop the nine-team league in back-to-back seasons — met for the first time of 2017 on Monday in Washington County, where the host Lady Wildcats claimed a straight games win.
The Lady Tornadoes (3-6, 2-2 TVC Hocking) took the first point of the opening game, but Waterford (7-1) scored the next six points and never looked back en route to a 25-10 win. The Lady Wildcats led wire-to-wire in the second game, scoring the first seven points on their way to a 25-15 victory.
After four lead changes early in the third game, Waterford established an 8-6 advantage. From that point, Southern tied the game six times, with the final tie being 20-20. The Lady Wildcats claimed the next five points, sealing the 3-0 sweep with a 25-20 win.
The Lady Tornadoes were led by Baylee Wolfe with nine service points. Marissa Brooker was next with four points and two aces, Jaiden Roberts added three points, while Jane Roush finished with with two points and two aces. Baylee Grueser and Sydney Cleland rounded out the SHS service attack with one point each.
Wolfe also led Southern at the net with two kills and one block. Phoenix Cleland had one kill and one block for the Purple and Gold, while Paige VanMeter marked a kill of her own. The Lady Tornado defense was led by Roush and Roberts with three digs apiece.
Megan Ball led the Lady Wildcats with 11 kills and five blocks. Morgan Lang finished with 10 kills, Alli Kern and Denise Young both marked six kills, while Allex Teters added four blocks. Hannah Duff led the WHS defense with 12 digs.
Southern and Waterford will rematch on Oct. 2 in Racine. After a non-conference trip to Williamstown on Tuesday, the Lady Tornadoes will get back to work in the TVC Hocking on Thursday when Miller visits Racine.
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