ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Effort goes a long way.
The Meigs volleyball team put up a spirited effort in the opening game, but visiting Wellston elevated its play Tuesday night en route to a 22-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-21 victory in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The Lady Marauders (3-14, 2-6 TVC Ohio) suffered their fourth straight setback overall, but the hosts showed signs of growth after taking an early 1-0 match lead with a three-point win in Game 1.
The Lady Rockets, however, responded by cruising to back-to-back wins of seven and 10 points, allowing the Blue and Gold to secure a 2-1 match lead headed into Game 4.
After battling through numerous ties in the finale, WHS managed to break away from a 20-all contest by scoring five of the next six points en route to the 3-1 triumph. Wellston also defeated MHS by a 3-1 count back on September 1 in Jackson County.
The Lady Marauders have now dropped five of their last six decisions, and Tuesday’s Game 1 win was the team’s first in over eight days.
It’s been a grueling schedule for a team with no seniors over the last few weeks, but third-year MHS coach Lori Carter noted that the time has come for her troops to start showing a little more pride and responsibility as the postseason approaches.
“I was very happy with the first set tonight, but then we shot ourselves in the foot during games two and three,” Carter said. “The effort was there in the fourth game, but we did not step up those middle contests. I can handle a loss in a set where we show some effort, but those middle games really cost us tonight.
“We want to focus on the positive, but we also really need to improve on the negative. I know we started the year young, but we have played a majority of the season together — so it’s time to start stepping up and show some growth. The tournament is coming and we need to start preparing ourselves for it.”
Devyn Oliver led the hosts with nine service points, followed by Devin Humphreys with four points and Jordan Roush with three points. Alliyah Pullins also had two service points in the setback, while Oliver posted a team-high five aces.
Pullins led the net attack with nine kills, followed by Kassidy Betzing and Morgan Lodwick with six kills apiece. Oliver was next with five kills, while Allie Hanstine and Humphreys respectively contributed four and three kills.
Oliver led the hosts with 20 assists and Roush paced the Maroon and Gold with 15 digs.
Meigs returns to action Thursday when it hosts River Valley in a TVC Ohio match at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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