WELLSTON, Ohio — One thing’s for sure, it will get better.
The Meigs volleyball team dropped its fourth straight match to start the season, on Tuesday night in Jackson County, as Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division host Wellston claimed a four game victory by counts of 25-16, 25-8, 20-25 and 25-20.
The Lady Rockets (4-1, 1-0 TVC Ohio) never trailed in the opening game, but Meigs (0-4, 0-1) stayed within one point for much game. Wellston finished the first on a 9-1 run to seal the 25-16 victory and move ahead 1-0 in the match.
The Maroon and Gold jumped out to an early 6-4 lead in the second game, but 15 consecutive service points by Wellston’s Ashtyn Lewis helped propel the the Blue and Gold to the 25-8 win.
The Lady Marauders again surged out to a early lead in the third game, but Wellston battled back to take a 14-8 lead. The Blue and Gold held the lead until MHS senior Morgan Lodwick posted five straight service points, giving MHS the 23-19 lead. The Maroon and Gold held on for the 25-20 win, but still trailed 2-1 in the match.
Meigs scored the first five points of the fourth game, but the Lady Rockets battled back to take a 12-11 lead. Wellston never relinquished its lead and claimed the 25-20 win, securing the match by a 3-1 tally.
Devyn Oliver and Morgan Lodwick led the Maroon and Gold with nine points each, with eight and seven aces respectively. Paige Denny and Devin Humphreys both marked four points, while Alliyah Pullins and Kassidy Betzing both finished with three points. Humphreys and Pullins both posted three aces, while Betzing added one.
Denny, Betzing and Humphreys all had six kills to lead Meigs at the net, while Pullins added five, Oliver marked two and Lodwick finished with one. Oliver, who led Meigs with 20 assists, also paced the defense with nine digs, while libero Jordan Roush finished with seven digs.
The Lady Marauders will look to avenge this loss on September 29, when the Lady Rockets invade Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium. Meigs, which hosted Southern on Wednesday, returns to action Thursday when Alexander visits Rocksprings.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.