NELSONVILLE, Ohio — With a 2-0 lead in the match, the Lady Buckeyes were ready to finish off another sweep and call it a night.
The Lady Marauders had a different idea, however, and the Maroon and Gold claimed the next three games to earn the 3-2 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division victory.
The Lady Buckeyes — who defeated Meigs (8-10, 3-6 TVC Ohio) in straight games in the September 8 meeting between the teams, at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium — took Tuesday’s opening game by a 25-15 count, after leading wire-to-wire.
The Lady Marauders led by two points early in the second game, but NYHS took the lead at 5-4 and never relinquished it, rolling to the 25-14 victory.
Meigs charged out to a 14-4 lead, early in the third game, but the Lady Buckeyes trimmed the margin to one at 22-21. Nelsonville-York never regained the lead, however, as MHS claimed three of the next four points and the game by a 25-22 count.
MHS led by as much as four early in the fourth game, but Nelsonville-York took the lead at 9-8. After three more lead changes, the teams were tied at 22. Meigs scored the next three points and won the fourth game by a 25-22 final, forcing a fifth game.
NYHS claimed the first four points of the the deciding game, but the Lady Marauders tied it up at five. Nelsonville-York jumped out to a three-point lead, but Meigs again fought back and tied the game at 10. From there, NYHS led 12-10 and 13-11. Meigs took the next four points, however, winning the game by a 15-13 count and the match by a 3-2 tally.
Meigs service attack was led by Devyn Oliver and Maddie Hendricks with 11 points apiece, including three and two aces respectively. Maddie Fields posted nine points and three aces for the victors, Kassidy Betzing added seven points and two aces, while Alliyah Pullins finished with four points. Jordan Roush rounded out the MHS total with two points and one ace.
Betzing led Meigs at the net with 14 kills and three blocks. Pullins marked 12 kills in the win, Oliver added seven kills and a team-best 20 assists, while Paige Denney chipped in with five kills. Morgan Lodwick had one kill and one block for the victors, while Devin Humphreys added a block.
The Meigs defense was led by Hendricks with 11 digs and Roush with 10.
The Lady Marauders have now won back-to-back matches and will try to make it three straight triumphs on Thursday when they host league-leading Athens.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.