Athens eliminates Lady Marauders

By Bryan Walters -

THE PLAINS, Ohio — The Meigs volleyball team had its 2016 season come to an end Wednesday night following a 25-12, 25-12, 25-6 setback to host Athens in a Division II sectional semifinal match at McAfee Gymnasium in Athens County.

The sixth-seeded Lady Marauders (11-12) suffered their third straight-game loss to the Lady Bulldogs (16-5) this fall as the hosts stormed out to a 7-0 lead in Game 1 and never looked back.

AHS — a three seed — extended its opening lead out to 16-4, then made a small 9-8 run the rest of the way to wrap up the 13-point win and a 1-0 match advantage.

Meigs claimed its only lead of the night at 1-0 in Game 2, but the hosts rallied by scoring 10 of the next 13 points for a small six-point cushion.

MHS rallied to cut the lead down to 11-7, but Athens responded with 14 of the final 19 points to secure a 13-point win and a 2-0 match lead.

The Green and Gold claimed early leads of 3-0 and 13-3 in Game 3 before reeling off a 12-3 run to wrap up the 19-point win and a 3-0 match victory.

Devyn Oliver and Jordan Roush led the Maroon and Gold with two service points each, followed by Alliyah Pullins, Kassidy Betzing and Maddie Fields with one point apiece.

Pullins, Oliver and Paige Denney led the Meigs net attack with four kills each, followed by Betzing and Devin Humphreys with two kills apiece. Pullins and Denney also had a block each in the setback.

Oliver led the passing game with seven assists and Field had four assists. Roush and Maddie Hendricks also had seven digs apiece, with Oliver also contributing six digs.

It was the final game in the Maroon and Gold for seniors Devyn Oliver, Morgan Lodwick, Alliyah Pullins and Jordan Roush.

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

By Bryan Walters