ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — It could have very easily gone either way.
Meigs and Jackson were separated by just two points through the first three games of Monday night’s non-conference tilt at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium, but the Ironladies claimed the fourth game in convincing fashion to take the match by a 3-1 tally.
Jackson (6-2) never trailed in the opening game, jumping out to a 20-8 lead. Meigs (2-9) clawed its way to within three points, but JHS held on for the 25-22 victory.
The Ironladies jumped out to an early lead in the second game, but Meigs rallied into the lead at 10-9. The Lady Marauders built their lead to six points before Jackson roared back to take a 22-21 lead. However, the Maroon and Gold ended the second game with three consecutive service points by junior libero Jordan Roush, giving Meigs the 25-22 triumph and tying the match at one.
Meigs led early in the third game, but the Ironladies rebounded and took a 13-8 lead. MHS charged back into the lead and was two points away from victory, but the Red and White scored five unanswered points to take the third game by a 25-23 count.
The Lady Marauders scored first in the point of the fourth game, but Jackson quickly took the lead at 2-1. MHS managed to tie the game four times after that, but failed to regain the lead. JHS claimed the game by a 25-14 final, sealing the 3-1 match victory.
“Tonight’s match was back-and-forth for both teams,” Meigs head coach Lori Carter said. “We both had some really good plays, we both struggled at certain things, but all in all I’m proud of the girls. They fought, they played defense, they hit, and they did everything I asked of them this evening.”
The Lady Marauders service attack was led by Roush with 13 points and four aces, followed by Devyn Oliver with 10 points and five aces. Devin Humphreys posted nine points and eight aces, Morgan Lodwick added four points and one ace, while Alliyah Pullins and Kassidy Betzing both marked three points, with Pullins recording an ace.
At the net, Meigs was led by Oliver with nine kills, followed by Betzing with seven kills and a block. Pullins had six kills in the setback, Humphreys added five, while Lodwick and Allie Hanstine both finished with three. Oliver posted a team-high 16 assists, while Pullins led MHS with three digs.
The Lady Marauders, who hosted Vinton County on Tuesday, return to the court on Thursday when the Maroon and Gold invade Nelsonville-York.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.