It took the Marietta Tigers volleyball team a little bit to get going Thursday night at Sutton Gymnasium, but once they did they did so in a big way as they rolled to a 3-0 East Central Ohio League victory over the Cambridge Bobcats.
The Tigers found themselves ahead by just one point at 15-14 in game one over the winless Bobcats before going on a 10-4 run to claim the 25-18 victory.
Tiger head coach Ron Kidder feared his girls might come out a little flat against Cambridge after dropping a tough 3-1 decision Tuesday evening on the road to a very tough Dover squad.
MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s volleyball team huddles up during East Central Ohio League action against Cambridge at Sutton Gym Thursday night. MHS won in 3 games.
"I thought there might be a little bit of a letdown after a tough game against a very good team like Dover," said Kidder. "We got off to a slow start but after that we started playing a lot better."
The Tigers got strong play on the front line all game long from the likes of Gracie Haas, Lain Weppler, Holly Hutchinson and Chrystal McCoy, who came up with a key pair of spikes to increase the Tiger lead to 18-14.
"I thought we did really well. The setting was there and our hitters were really on the ball tonight," said the sophomore McCoy, who tallied four points, seven kills, 17 digs and a block in the game. "When we get excited we just want to pound the ball and thats what we were able to do tonight."
Marietta def. Cambridge 25-18, 25-11, 25-21
Marietta (6-2) stats: Shannon Haessly: 15pts, 4aces, 7digs, Holly Hutchison: 14pts, 2aces, 3kills, 1dig, 1block, Abby Harrison:5pts, 1ace, 6digs, Chrystal McCoy: 4pts, 7kills, 17digs, 1block, Lain Weppler: 4pts,4kills, 10digs, Megan Broughton: 1pt, 1kill, 14assists, 1dig, Mattie Miller: 1pt,6digs, Gracie Haas: 7kills, 2block, Jennifer Hefter: 5assists.
Cambridge jumped out to a short lived 1-0 lead in game two before the Tigers scored seven unanswered points and never looked back as they rolled to a 25-11 victory.
Junior setter Megan Broughton, who came up with a game high 14 assists in the game, received high praise from her head coach.
"Megan is getting better and better each game," said Kidder of Broughton who got a rest in the third and final game. "She was able to put the ball right where we want it."
Gracie Haas, who collected a pair of blocks and seven kills in the game, was the beneficiary of many of Broughton's assists.
"We were talking a lot on the court, passing well and being strong at the net," said Haas, who is one of just two seniors on the Tigers squad. "After the Dover game, it was hard to get ready for this game, but we took care of business and that's all that really matters."
Junior Lain Weppler had a strong game for the Tigers as well with four points, four kills, and 10 assists, while sophomore Shannon Haessly scored 15 points to go along with four aces and seven digs.
Holly Hutchison had a full stat sheet as well as the junior totaled 14 points, two aces, three kills, one dig and one block.
The orange and black improved to 6-2 with the win and Kidder likes the direction his team is heading in.
"We are kind of young, but we are gaining a little bit each game," said Kidder. "It's always good to get a league win and I'm happy for the girls."
Next up for MHS is a three-team match Monday at Parkersburg South.