Lady Marauders sweep Fed Hock

By Bryan Walters -

STEWART, Ohio — It took a little longer the second time around, but the Lady Marauders still came away with the same result.

The Meigs volleyball team claimed wins in all of the odd games Monday night en route to a thrilling 25-14, 23-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-11 victory over host Federal Hocking in a non-conference matchup at McInturf Gymnasium in Athens County.

The visiting Lady Marauders (9-11) broke away from a four-all tie in Game 1 by reeling off 11 of the next 16 points for a 15-9 edge, then closed out the opener with a 10-5 run to secure a 1-0 match lead.

The Lady Lancers overcame a 12-4 deficit in Game 2 by going on a 21-11 surge that resulted in a minimal two-point decision, which ended up tying the match at a game apiece.

MHS broke away from a five-all tie in Game 3 with a 12-8 run to establish a 17-13 cushion, then made a small 8-7 push to claim a five-point win and a 2-1 match advantage.

Both teams were tied at 10 and again at 18 in Game 4, but the hosts reeled off seven of the final nine points to knot the match up at two with a race to 15 ensuing.

In the pivotal fifth game, Meigs overcame deficits of 1-0 and 5-2 while jumping out to leads of 9-7 and 11-9. The guests went on to score four of the final six points down the stretch to wrap up the 3-2 match triumph.

The Lady Marauders also claimed a season sweep of the FHHS after posting a 25-18, 25-23, 24-26, 25-19 win in Rocksprings back on August 30.

Kassidy Betzing led the MHS service attack with 24 points, followed by Alliyah Pullins with 17 points and Devyn Oliver with 14 points. Paige Denney also had 10 points for the victors.

Maddie Fields and Maddie Hendricks both had five service points and four aces apiece, while Devin Humphreys, Jordan Roush and Morgan Lodwick also had two points each.

Betzing led the Meigs net attack with 20 kills and three blocks, followed by Pullins with 15 kills and Oliver with 12 kills. Denney also had eight kills and two blocks for the victors.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters