BIDWELL, Ohio — So much for gracious guests.
The Meigs volleyball team spoiled Senior Night festivities for host River Valley on Thursday during a 25-15, 25-13, 26-24 victory in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Raiders (2-19, 0-12 TVC Ohio) honored seniors Angel Toler, Emily Adkins, Brianna McGuire, Jessica Steele and Destiny Williams before the match, but the visiting Lady Marauders (11-11, 5-7) wasted little time in thwarting that emotion after leading wire-to-wire in Game 1.
MHS broke ties at three, four and five-all, then reeled off 17-7 surge to take its largest lead of the opener at 23-12. RVHS went on to outscore Meigs by a 3-2 count, but ultimately dropped Game 1 by a 10-point difference.
The Silver and Black jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2, but the Lady Marauders countered with nine consecutive points and went on to lead 20-8 before wrapping up a 12-point win and a 2-0 match lead.
Game 3 proved to be quite a dog fight as there were 12 ties and 13 lead changes, despite Meigs jumping out to a 6-1 advantage.
River Valley claimed its largest lead of the night after breaking away from an 18-all tie with four consecutive points, but the guests rallied to knot things up at 24-all before securing the final two points for a straight-game triumph.
The Maroon and Gold also claimed a season sweep of RVHS after posting a 25-20, 25-5, 25-8 decision in Rocksprings back on September 20.
Devyn Oliver led the MHS service attack with 24 points, followed by Maddie Hendricks with nine points. Jordan Roush and Kassidy Betzing were next with five points apiece, while Alliyah Pullins and Maddie Fields also chipped in a point each.
Betzing led the Meigs net attack with 14 kills, followed by Oliver with 11 kills and Pullins with six kills. Oliver, Betzing and Paige Denney also had a block apiece for the victors.
Oliver dished out a team-best 14 assists and Fields added nine assists. Roush had a team-high 10 digs for the guests.
Toler led the RVHS service attack with seven points, followed by Adkins and Rachel Horner with four points apiece.
McGuire was next with three points, while Jaden Neal and Carly Gilmore each contributed two points. Lynsey Saber also had one service point in the setback.
Gilmore led the Lady Raider net attack with eight kills and nine blocks. Steele chipped in six kills, while both Horner and Toler added two kills apiece.
River Valley returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Oak Hill in Division III sectional semifinal at 6 p.m.
Meigs travels to Athens Wednesday for a Division II sectional semifinal at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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