ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Experience prevails.
The Southern volleyball team, which has nine seniors on it, claimed a non-conference victory over Meigs, in straight games Wednesday night at Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
The Lady Tornadoes (2-0) took a 2-1 lead in the opening game and never looked back, eventually claiming a 25-14 win. Meigs (0-5) was held to just four service points in the first game and trailed in the match 1-0.
After three early lead changes in the second game, Southern jumped out to a 15-9 lead. The Lady Marauders managed to pull within two points, but couldn’t overtake the Purple and Gold. The Lady Tornadoes held on for the 25-17 victory in the second game and moved ahead 2-0 in the match.
The Lady Tornadoes grabbed a 3-2 lead early in the third game and never relinquished it, taking a 25-15 win and the match by a 3-0 count.
“With this group, we have a lot of older girls and I feel like they need to play with the intensity that this is their last season,” Southern head coach Chris Carroll said. “I don’t feel like they leave everything on the floor all the time. We’re going to have a lot of games where we’re the favorite to win, we need to play like it and sometimes I feel like we don’t play like it.”
Cameryn Harmon led the Purple and Gold with 11 service points, followed by Ali Deem with eight and Hannah Hill with seven. Savannah Bailey marked five points, Madison Maynard added four, while Marlee Maynard and Haley Hill both finished with three. Brandy Porter and Kamryn Smith finished with two points each for the Lady Tornadoes.
“Our biggest thing was working on defense,” Meigs head coach Lori Carter said. “We struggled at points, it was a roller coaster ride and the third game I put people at positions they’ve never played before, just to get them to talk. (Southern) is bigger, they have hitters, we’re short, we’re young and we just have to figure out how to make it work for us. Defense is our main focus this year against the big hitter teams.”
Devyn Oliver led Meigs with five points, followed by Alliyah Pullins and Kassidy Betzing with four points each. Devin Humphreys marked two points, while both Jordan Rosh and Maddie Hendricks added one each. Pullins marked three aces to lead Meigs, Humphreys marked two, while Oliver and Roush each added one.
At the net. Meigs was led by Betzing and Humphreys with five kills apiece. Morgan Lodwick marked three kills, Pullins added two, while Hendricks, Paige Denny and Allie Hanstine each finished with one kill. Oliver posted 15 assists for MHS, while Betzing led the Maroon and Gold with four digs.
These teams will meet again on September 19, in a tri-match at Belpre. After facing South Gallia on Thursday, Southern will return to action on Tuesday when Wahama visits Racine. The Lady Marauders, who hosted Alexander on Thursday, return to the court on Wednesday when they host Federal Hocking.
Additional Southern statistics were not made available by presstime.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.