Lady Marauders rally past Wellston

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Back to .500 with a come from behind victory.

The Meigs volleyball team dropped the opening game of its Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division showdown with Wellston on Thursday evening in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium. However, the Lady Marauders bounced back and won three straight games to take the match by a 3-1 count.

The Lady Marauders (4-4, 2-1 TVC Ohio) led by as much as four in the opening game, but Wellston rallied into an 11-7 lead. Meigs tied the game at 11 and again at 12, but failed to regain the advantage, eventually falling by a 25-19 count.

The second game featured four lead changes and a dozen ties, the last of which came at 20. From that point, the Maroon and Gold ended the game with a 5-2 run, tying the match at 1-1 with a 25-22 win.

In the third game, MHS took the lead at 3-2 and never trailed again. Wellston tied the game for the final time at seven, with the Lady Marauders leading by as much as nine en route to a 25-17 win.

The teams fought through five lead changes in the fourth game and were tied for the final time at 17. Meigs quickly went ahead 24-19 and then held on for the 25-22 win, capping off the 3-1 match win.

Kassidy Betzing led the Maroon and Gold with 12 service points, followed by Marissa Noble with nine points and one ace. Hannah Durst and Maddie Fields finished with seven points apiece, including two aces by Durst. Deidra Cleland had six points in the win, Baylee Tracy added four, while Paige Denney chipped in with one.

Betzing also led the hosts at the net with 18 kills, all of which came over the final three games. Denney finished with four kills for MHS, Noble and Durst each added two, while Fields, Allie Hanstine and Maddie Hendricks marked one kill apiece.

Fields had a team-high 23 assists for the victors, while Durst led Meigs’ defensive effort with 19 digs.

MHS will face the Lady Rockets again on Oct. 3 in Wellston. After a non-conference tri-match on Saturday, the Lady Marauders will get back to TVC Ohio play on Tuesday at River Valley.

By Alex Hawley

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