Lady Hornets outlast Meigs in sectionals
by Bryan Walters
COAL GROVE, Ohio — Not even near-perfection was enough for the Meigs volleyball team Tuesday night following a heartbreaking 21-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 14-16 setback to host Coal Grove in a Division III sectional semifinal match in Lawrence County.
The visiting Lady Marauders (4-18) posted season-bests of 53 kills, 48 assists and 10 blocks to go along with 104-of-107 service effort, but those collective totals were still not enough to get the 13th-seeded Maroon and Gold past the fourth-seeded Lady Hornets.
Coal Grove (18-4) — which earned a share of the Ohio Valley Conference title this fall, its second straight — grabbed early match leads of 1-0 and 2-1, then had to gut out the minimal two-point decision in Game 5 to wrap up a berth in Saturday’s D-3 sectional final. CGHS will host fifth-seeded Wheelersburg at 4 p.m. for a chance at the district tournament.
Meigs — which outscored the hosts in the match by a 108-104 overall margin in points — got a team-best 14 service points from Brooke Reynolds, followed by Lindsay Patterson with 12 points and Kelsey Hudson with 10 points.
Olivia Cremeans and Alyson Dettwiller both chipped in eight points apiece, while Brook Andrus and Emily Kinnan respectively rounded things out with seven points and three points.
Andrus led the net attack with 20 kills, followed by Kinnan with 15 kills and Cremeans with nine kills. Hudson contributed seven kills in the setback, while Hannah Cremeans also had two kills for the guests.
Olivia Cremeans had a team-high five blocks and Hannah Cremeans followed with three blocks. Kinnan also had two blocks for MHS. Patterson led the passing game with 32 assists and Ariel Ellis also had 11 assists for Meigs.
The loss marks the final volleyball match for seniors Emily Kinnan, Mercadies George, Chandra Mattox and Allyson Davis in the Maroon and Gold.
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