Lady Lancers fend off Meigs

STEWART, Ohio — At least the long week on is over.

In its third road game in as many nights, the Meigs volleyball team suffered a straight games loss to non-conference host Federal Hocking, on Wednesday night in McInturf Gymnasium.

After a pair of lead changes in the opening game, Meigs (2-3) opened up a four-point 13-9 lead. However, Federal Hocking answered with a 6-1 run and regained the lead at 15-14. From that point, MHS tied the game seven times, but never regained the advantage, dropping the first game by a 25-23 count.

The Lady Marauders scored the first four points of the second game, but the hosts fought back to tie the game at six. Meigs reestablished its advantage at 7-6, but the Lady Lancers claimed the next eight points and never trailed again. The Federal Hocking lead grew as high as nine, then fell as low as three, en route to a 25-19 victory in the second game.

Meigs never led in the final game, tying the game just once, at 3-3. The Lady Lancers led by as many as seven points en route to their sweep-clinching 25-21 victory.

The MHS service attack was led by Maddie Fields with seven points and one ace. Deidra Cleland, Marissa Noble and Hannah Durst each had five points in the setback, with Durst earning one ace. Kassidy Betzing finished with four points and one ace, while Baylee Tracy contributed three service points to the Lady Marauder cause.

Betzing led Meigs at the net with 10 kills and six blocks, while also recording a team-high 10 digs. Allie Hanstine posted six kills and one block, Noble chipped in with four kills and one block, while McKenzie Ohlinger had two kills for the guests. Durst marked one kill and one block for MHS, while Fields had a team-best 20 assists.

Meigs and Federal Hocking are not scheduled to meet again this season.

After a 1-2 week, the Lady Marauders have a much needed break before beginning a four-game home-stand on Tuesday, when Vinton County visits Rocksprings for a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division showdown.

By Alex Hawley

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