RACINE, Ohio — Undisputed queens of the county.
The Southern volleyball team — which defeated Eastern 3-2 in a September 8 match in Tuppers Plains — claimed a 3-1 victory over the Lady Eagles on Thursday night, in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division showdown at SHS. Southern is now 4-0 against the Meigs County foes, as the Lady Tornadoes topped Meigs in both chances this season.
The Lady Tornadoes (17-2, 13-1) led by as many as nine points in the opening game, winning by a 25-18 count to move ahead 1-0 in the match. SHS led wire-to-wire in the second, taking the game by a 25-16 margin to move up 2-0 in the match.
The third game featured four lead changes and seven ties, the last of which came at 15. From that point, Eastern (10-8, 8-5) claimed five of the next six points and went on to win the third by a 25-20 final, moving the match tally to 2-1 in favor of the hosts.
After six ties and four early lead changes in the fourth game, Eastern opened a six-point lead at 12-6. Southern fought back to tie the game at 19 and eventually took the advantage back at 22-21. SHS claimed three of the next four points, capping off the 3-1 win with a 25-22 victory.
The Lady Tornadoes were led by Sierra Cleland with 14 service points, followed by Kamryn Smith with 10 points and one ace. Amanda Cole and Marlee Maynard each had nine points, including one ace by Smith. Marissa Johnson finished with five points and one ace, Talon Drummer added two points, while Macie Michael contributed one point to the winning cause.
Katlyn Barber led the guests with 11 points and three aces, followed by Morgain Little with seven points and Allison Barber with six points. Kelsey Casto marked five points and two aces, Morgan Baer added four points, while Abby Litchfield had three points and Mackenzie Brooks marked one point.
At the net, Southern was led by Faith Teaford with 14 kills and five blocks. Smith had 11 kills in the win, Cole added eight kills and one block, while Cleland posted three kills and five blocks. Johnson had two kills and two blocks for the Purple and Gold, Michael added one kill and one block, while Drummer chipped in with one kill. Maynard had a one block and a match-best 28 assists in the victory.
Katlyn Barber also led Eastern at the net, posting 13 kills and five blocks. Next was Brooks with 11 kills, followed by Little with 10. Allison Barber finished with four kills and one block, Casto added three kills, while Baer had two blocks and a team-high 25 assists. Allison Barber led the EHS defense with 24 digs, followed by Katlyn Barber with 17.
This was Southern’s Volley for the Cure game.
Southern returns to action on Monday, when they visit league-leading Waterford. A Lady Cats victory will seal the league title for WHS, but the Lady Tornadoes will have a chance to move into a tie for first place with a win.
Eastern will host Miller on Monday, for its Volley for the Cure game.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.