NELSONVILLE, Ohio — A little too late.
The Meigs volleyball team had its two-match winning streak come to an end Thursday night following a 25-11, 25-9, 20-25, 27-25 setback to host Nelsonville-York in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division contest in Athens County.
The Lady Marauders (6-6, 3-2 TVC Ohio) led briefly in Game 1 and trailed wire-to-wire in the second contest while falling into a 2-0 match deficit, but the guests rallied back from a seven-point deficit in Game 3 and broke a 20-all tie with five straight points to force a fourth game.
MHS led the Lady Buckeyes by double digits (13-3) in the finale, but the Orange and Brown countered with 18 of the next 25 points while establishing a slim 21-20 edge.
Both teams ended up ties at 23, 24 and 25, but NYHS tacked on the final two points to claim the 3-1 match decision.
The Maroon and Gold led 6-3 early in the opener, but Nelsonville-York answered with 10 of the next 11 points for a 13-7 lead. The hosts extended that lead to 20-10 and eventually 24-11 before claiming the 14-point win.
The Lady Buckeyes built leads of 4-0, 8-2, 14-4 and 20-7 before MHS answered with two straight points to close within 20-9. The hosts scored the final five points while claiming a 2-0 match advantage.
Down 17-10 in Game 3, Meigs reeled off seven straight points to knot things up at 17. NYHS answered with two points, but the guests countered with three points before losing serve as the game was tied at 20.
The Lady Marauders scored five straight to close to within 2-1 in the match.
Nelsonville-York shook off game points at 24-23 and 25-24 in Game 4, then broke away from a 25-all tie to claim a two-point win — its largest lead in the finale.
Maddie Fields and Baylee Tracy led Meigs with eight service points apiece, followed by Kassidy Betzing with seven points and Marissa Noble with four points.
Bre Lilly was next with three points, while Deidra Cleland and Paige Denney each contributed two points.
Betzing led the MHS net attack with eight kills and two blocks, followed by Denney with seven kills and a block. Fields and Hannah Durst also added three kills apiece.
Fields led the guests with 19 assists and 10 digs, while Betzing also chipped in nine digs.
The Lady Marauders return to action Monday when they host Gallia Academy in a non-conference match at 7 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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