MHS digging it: Tigers win 2 in season-opening volleyball match

The Marietta High volleyball team started the 2013 season off the right way with a pair of victories over Vinton County and Frontier in a tri-match Saturday at Marietta High School.

The Lady Tigers did not drop a set, defeating the Lady Vikings 25-14 and 25-22 in the opening match and later sweeping the Lady Cougars 25-17 and 15-16 in the final match of the day.

“I’m happy,” said MHS head coach Ron Kidder. “Still things we need to work on. First few games, we’re getting jitters out. We come in kind of with a young team because we lost five seniors and all played.

“So now we’ve got our first game with a lot of inexperienced kids, and it went well. First game we were a little nervous but we calmed down.”

In the second match, Vinton County defeated Frontier in three sets. The Cougars won the opening set 25-21 before the dropping the next two by scores of 25-19 and 25-13.

Marietta jumped out to a 4-1 start in the opening set of its match with the Vikings. After the Vikings tied it up at 6-6, a kill by Chrystal McCoy and an ace by Mattie Miller put the Tigers up 8-6. Later, with Marietta up 16-10, Megan Broughton assisted Gracie Haas on a kill and then Holly Hutchison served up an ace to make it an 18-10 Tiger lead. After a Vinton County timeout, Lain Weppler rejected a Viking spike attempt to make it 19-10. Later, back-to-back kills by Haas and McCoy made it 24-14 before a Vinton County serve into the net gave Marietta the set.

The next set was a little more competitive, as the Vikings led most of the way. An ace by Weppler tied it up at 14-all at one point, and later a block by Haas cut Marietta’s deficit to 19-18. Down 21-20, Kidder called a timeout which apparently fired up the orange and black netters, as they took five of the next six points to take the set and the match.

Marietta never trailed against Frontier. The Tigers led 20-15 in the first set when consecutive kills by Haas and McCoy made it 22-15.

Another kill by McCoy made it 24-16, but Frontier’s Corisa Fickeisen recorded a kill to cut it to 24-17 and keep the set alive, but a kill by Haas finished it off.

Another kill by Haas made it 5-1 in the second set. Later, a kill by McCoy made it 15-9. After Marietta built a 19-11 lead, Frontier fought back to make it 19-14 before kills by Weppler made it 20-14 and then 22-15.

The Tigers then took three of the next four points to finish the day unbeaten.

Haas had a big day with five kills in each match to go along with three blocks on the day.

“I’m very excited for our season, especially after today,” said Haas, one of two seniors on the team. “This is a great way to start off our season. We’re now 2-0 to begin with, so a perfect way to start.”

McCoy produced four kills and four digs in the first match and then a team-high nine kills and three aces in the second match.

“The sets were really good today which helped a lot,” said McCoy, a sophomore. “We were more focused to go up and actually kill the ball today.”

Weppler had four kills, four digs and five points in the first match and eight points and four kills in the second. Broughton had 12 and 19 assists in the first and second matches, respectively.

“We’ve just to keep improving,” Kidder said.

“We just want to take care of it one game at a time. “