Lady Marauders fall to Nelsonville-York

By Alex Hawley -

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — So much for second chances.

The Meigs volleyball team couldn’t make the most of a second meeting with Nelsonville-York — which won the first clash 3-1 on Sept. 14 in Athens County — as the Lady Buckeyes swept MHS in three games on Tuesday evening in Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division play at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium in Meigs County.

After a pair early lead changes, Meigs (9-12, 6-5 TVC Ohio) opened up a three-point advantage. The Lady Buckeyes battled back, regained the advantage at 13-12 and never trailed again on their way to the 25-20 victory.

Meigs charged out to a 7-1 lead in Game 2, but the Lady Buckeyes slowly fought their way back again. Nelsonville-York took its first lead since 1-0 at 22-21, but the Lady Marauders earned the next three points and had a game-point situation at 24-22. However, NYHS reeled off four straight points, taking the 26-24 win to move ahead 2-0 in the match.

After 26 points were played in the third game, the teams were tied at 13, the eighth and final time they were tied. From there, the guests outscored Meigs by a 12-3 count, as Nelsonville-York sealed the 3-0 win with a 25-16 triumph.

The Lady Marauder service attack was led by Marissa Noble with 11 points. Maci Hood was next with six points, followed by Bre Lilly with three. Kassidy Betzing and Saelym Larsen had two points apiece, with an ace by Betzing, while McKenzie Ohlinger contributed one point.

Betzing paced the Maroon and Gold at the net with 11 kills and one block. Noble finished with five kills, Paige Denney added three kills, while Maci Hood marked one kill and one block for the hosts. Larsen and Ohlinger each had one kill in the setback, while Maddie Fields earned a team-best 19 assists.

Betzing also led Meigs’ defense with 26 of the team’s 57 digs. Collectively, the Lady Marauders finished with seven serving errors and 13 hitting errors.

Meigs will wrap-up its regular season on Thursday at Athens, which sealed its fifth straight league title on Tuesday.

By Alex Hawley

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.