Meigs ousted by Lady Panthers

By Alex Hawley -

LONDONDERRY, Ohio — The top seed for a reason.

The Meigs volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday in the Division III sectional final at Larry Jordan Gymnasium in Ross County, as No. 1 seed Southeastern claimed a 3-0 win for its 20th victory of the season.

The Lady Marauders (10-14) dropped the opening game by a 25-5 margin, but improved by 10 points in the second game, falling by a 25-15 count. The Lady Panthers (20-3) capped off the 3-0 victory with a 25-8 win in the third game.

For the match, Meigs was held without an ace, while committing a total of six serving errors. The Maroon and Gold collected 11 kills in total, while recording nine hitting errors.

At the net, the Lady Marauders were led by junior Kassidy Betzing with five kills and four blocks. Marissa Noble had two kills in the match, Hannah Durst added one kill and one block, while Maddie Fields, Maci Hood and Saelym Larsen chipped in with a kill apiece.

The guests earned a total of 12 digs, led by Betzing and Maddie Hendricks with four each.

Ella Skeens led the Lady Panthers with 15 kills and two blocks. Jessica Bolte was next with 12 kills, followed by Skylar Hice with seven kills.

Southeastern moves on to the district semifinal on Wednesday at Waverly High School, where the Lady Panthers will face Fairland.

Meigs finishes with a double-digit win total for the second straight year and will have to say farewell to three seniors, Paige Denney, Maddie Hendricks and McKenzie Ohlinger.

The Maroon and Gold are now 5-5 in their last 10 postseason contests.

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.