ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Apparently nobody informed Meigs that it’s hard to beat a team three times in the same season.
After defeating Vinton County in a pair of Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division tilts in the regular season, the eighth-seeded Meigs volleyball team faced off with the ninth-seeded Lady Vikings for a third time in Monday night’s Division II Sectional Quarterfinal at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium. Just like the previous two meetings the Lady Marauders claimed victory, but this time in straight games.
Following five lead changes and eight ties early in the first game, Vinton County (1-20) established the game’s largest lead at 18-14. However, Meigs (6-17) answered right back and regained the lead at 21-20. VCHS managed to tie the game at 22 and again at 23, but the Lady Marauders held on for the 25-23 victory.
After trailing early in the second game, Meigs charged to a 10-point advantage at 19-9. The Lady Vikings rallied to within three points late in the second, but MHS stuffed the comeback attempt and secured the game by a 25-20 tally.
The Lady Marauders scored the first seven points and never trailed in the third game, rolling to a 25-12 triumph and a straight games win.
“A win is a win and it’s one step closer to our next match,” Meigs head coach Lori Carter said. “It’s another chance to play a competitive team and maybe work out our bugs before we face Gallia (Academy) on Wednesday.”
MHS junior Devyn Oliver led the Maroon and Gold with 16 service points, including seven aces. Maddie Hendricks posted 10 points and five aces, Alliyah Pullins chipped in with six points and three aces, Jordan Roush added five points and three aces, while Kassidy Betzing posted four points and two aces. Morgan Lodwick rounded out the MHS service attack with two points and two aces in the win.
At the net, Meigs was paced by Betzing with 11 kills and two blocks, followed by Pullins with eight kills. Oliver posted six kills as well as a team-best 20 assists, while Devin Humphreys had three kills and Allie Hanstine added two kills. Pullins and Betzing each had one dig to lead the MHS defensive effort.
The Maroon and Gold also defeated Vinton County on September 15 in Rocksprings and October 8 in McArthur, both by 3-1 finals.
On Wednesday, Meigs will travel to Centenary to face top-seeded Gallia Academy, which finished 18th in the final OHSVCA Division II Poll, in the sectional semifinal.
“We’ve got to show up and play our game,” Carter said of facing the Blue Angels. “We cannot let their record intimidate us. They’re just another team and anything can happen in tournaments. It should be a good match, depending on which team shows up.”
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