WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — Not a bad start, and not a bad finish either.
The Southern volleyball team fell by three points apiece in the first and third games of its straight games loss to non-conference host Williamstown on Tuesday night in Wood County.
The Lady Tornadoes (3-7) controlled the early part of the opening game, leading by as much as six. Williamstown tied the game four times before finally taking their first lead, at 18-17. Southern battled back to tie the game at 21, but never regained the advantage, falling by a 25-22 final.
The Lady Yellow Jackets scored the first six points and never trailed in the second game, eventually winning by a 25-12 final.
Southern also controlled the beginning portion of the third game, leading by as much as four. WHS tied the game three times before finally taking the lead at 14-13. The Lady Yellowjackets never relinquished the advantage, leading by as many as eight points en route to the 25-22 victory.
The Lady Tornadoes were led by Jane Roush and Baylee Grueser, each posting six points and one ace. Marissa Brooker had four service points in the setback, Baylee Wolfe added three, while Jaiden Roberts and Paige VanMeter both marked two service points.
Wolfe led the guests at the net with team-highs of six kills and five blocks. Phoenix Cleland marked two kills and three blocks for the Purple and Gold, VanMeter added two kills and one block, while Jolisha Ervin and Sydney Cleland had two kills apiece. Roush and Roberts both earned one kill for SHS, while Shelbi Dailey contributed a block.
This is the lone meeting between these non-conference foes this season. Southern gets back to work in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division at home on Thursday against Miller.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.