TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Revenge can either taste sweet or bitter, depending on which side you’re on.
The Meigs volleyball team — which dropped a 3-1 decision to Eastern on August 25, in Rocksprings — avenged that setback on Monday night, defeating the Lady Eagles by a 3-1 count at ‘The Nest’.
Meigs (7-10) jumped out to a five-point lead, early in the first game, but Eastern (9-7) fought back and took its first lead at 12-11. The Lady Eagles led by as much as five, at 18-13, but MHS rallied back to take the advantage at 21-20. EHS tied the game at 23, but surrendered the next two points, giving Meigs a 25-23 win and a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Lady Marauders claimed the first point of the second game, but EHS scored the next four points to take the advantage. Meigs tied the at nine and again at 11, but the Lady Marauders never regained the lead. Eastern won the second game by 25-19 clip, evening the match at one game apiece.
The Maroon and Gold claimed a four-point lead, early in the third game, but Eastern battled back to take the lead at 9-8. Meigs immediately regained the edge at 10-9, but Eastern was back in control at 16-13. However, the Lady Marauders answered with a 6-0 run to take the lead back. EHS never recovered, falling by a 25-20 count and giving MHS a 2-1 advantage in the match.
The Lady Marauders scored the first 10 points of the fourth game and never trailed en route to the 25-20 win, which capped off the 3-1 match victory.
“I’m ecstatic, this was a big win for us with only six matches left in the season,” Meigs head coach Lori Carter said. “Coming here to Eastern, when they beat us so badly early in the season, it just shows how much growth we have had. We were able to stay consistent, not make as many errors, and just play smart volleyball.”
Meigs had dropped three consecutive decisions before Monday.
The Lady Eagles — who had won back-to-back matches and four of their last five, headed into Monday — had a total of 60 errors in the setback.
“They need to focus, that’s ridiculous,” EHS head coach Katie Williams said. “I wasn’t expecting that, I thought we were going to come in and roll right off of our momentum. Even in taking a loss to Waterford, we went to five (games) and played hard. I thought we were carrying a lot of momentum, but I guess I was wrong.”
Meigs’ service attack was led by Devyn Oliver with 15 points and five aces, followed by Maddie Fields with 13 points and two aces. Kassidy Betzing posted 11 points and one ace, Maddie Hendricks added seven points and three aces, Alliyah Pullins chipped in with six points and two aces, while Jordan Roush finished with one point and one ace in the win.
Katlyn Barber led Eastern with 10 service points and one ace, while Morgan Baer added nine points and one ace. Allison Barber finished with seven points and three aces, while Abby Litchfield and Mackenzie Brooks both had six points, including three aces and one ace respectively. Kelsey Casto marked five service points in the setback, Morgain Little added three points, while Abbie Hawley had one point to round out the EHS service attack.
Pullins led MHS at the net with 14 kills, followed by Betzing with 11. Oliver had nine kills and a team-best 11 assists in the win, Paige Denney added one kill, while Fields contributed eight assists. Pullins also led the MHS defensive effort with six digs.
Katlyn Barber also paced the Lady Eagles at the net with 13 kills and one block. Brooks posted 12 kills for the Green, White and Gold, Allison Barber added 11 kills and a team-best two blocks, while Little added nine kills and one block. Baer and Casto each had one kill in the match, with Baer marking a match-high 42 assists. EHS junior libero Elayna Bissell led the EHS defense with 14 digs, followed by Allison Barber with 12.
Meigs visits Nelsonville-York on Tuesday and then the Lady Marauders will return home for a match with league-leading Athens, on Thursday.
After meeting Belpre on Tuesday, EHS will return to action on Thursday, when Southern visits ‘The Nest’.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.