Marietta wins tri-match over Meigs, Southern

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — So much for a home county advantage.

The Meigs and Southern volleyball teams both fell in straight games to Marietta, in a tri-match on Saturday afternoon at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium in Meigs County.

In the set between Meigs County teams, the host Lady Marauders claimed both games, the first by a 25-22 count and the second 28-25.

Southern (3-5) led early in the opening game, but Meigs (5-5) took the advantage at 4-3 and never relinquished it. MHS led by as much as seven in the game and held on for a 25-22.

The Lady Marauders took the initial lead in the second game, but SHS fought back and gained its first advantage at 12-11. The Lady Tornado lead was short-lived, as Meigs claimed the next three points and eventually opened up a seven-point advantage.

Southern rallied back again, fighting through three set-point situations to take the lead at 25-24. MHS tied the game at 25 and then again at 26, before regaining the lead at 27-26. Meigs claimed the next point as well, finishing off the 2-0 sweep with a 28-26 win.

In the set, Meigs was led by Marissa Noble with eight service points, followed by Maddie Fields with five. Kassidy Betzing, Baylee Tracy and Maci Hood each had four points against SHS, while Deidra Cleland marked three.

In their set against Meigs, the Lady Tornadoes were led by Baylee Grueser with nine service points. Jane Roush had four points and two aces, Marissa Brooker added four points of her own, while Jaiden Roberts and Sydney Cleland rounded out the team total with three and two points respectively.

SHS sophomore Baylee Wolfe marked team-highs of seven kills and two blocks against the hosts. Paige VanMeter had four kills, Phoenix Cleland added two, while Kassie Barton, Jolisha Ervin and Sydney Cleland each posted one kill. Roush led the SHS defense with five digs.

The Lady Marauders also defeated SHS in the season opener, in five games on Aug. 22 at MHS.

In their set against Marietta, the Lady Marauders never led in the opening game, eventually falling by a 25-16 final. Meigs held leads of 2-1 and 7-6 in the second game, but the Lady Tigers were too much and rolled to the 25-15 win.

Hannah Durst had a Meigs-best three points against the Orange and Black, while Betzing and Tracy each had two. Fields, Noble and Cleland marked one point apiece for the Maroon and Gold in the setback.

The first game of the set between Marietta and Southern featured 13 ties and eight lead changes. The Lady Tornadoes trailed 21-18, and scored six straight points to move into a game-point situation. However, the Lady Tigers claimed the next five points and won the game by a 26-24 final.

Marietta never trailed in its second game against SHS, winning by a 25-14 final to cap off the sweep.

Against the Lady Tigers, Roush and Grueser led Southern with five service points apiece, including three aces by Roush and one by Grueser. Roberts had four points and one ace, Mickenzie Ferrell added two points, while Brooker marked one service point.

Roush and VanMeter had two kills apiece against Marietta, while Wolfe and Sydney Cleland both had one kill. Wolfe and Phoenix Cleland both recorded a block in the setback, while Roush came up with a team-best three digs.

Meigs’ next match is on Tuesday at River Valley, while Southern’s is on Monday at Waterford.

By Alex Hawley

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