Revenge win: MHS volleyball tops Warren in 4 sets on ‘Senior Night’

With the Marietta High volleyball team leading Warren two sets to one and up big in the fourth set at Sutton Gymnasium Monday, the Tiger fans began chanting.

They wanted to see senior Jennifer Hefter re-enter the game, and they got their wish.

MHS head coach Ron Kidder put Hefter into the game up front and she promptly delivered the final kill of the game to secure the victory for Marietta, a fitting way to end “Senior Night.”

“It was amazing,” Hefter said. “My senior year, to come in and play a position I’ve never played before and get the winning point was amazing.”

The Lady Tigers, after getting swept by Warren earlier in the season at Vincent, split the first two sets with the Warriors before dominating the next two sets 50-23. Following the game, Hefter and fellow senior Gracie Haas were honored by the team.

“It feels awesome knowing that our team came out and played well for the seniors and did their job,” said Haas, who posted 13 kills and four digs.

Haas said it was a big rebound win against the team’s biggest rival.

“It was definitely a chance to redeem ourselves,” she said. “I don’t think people thought we had it in us. We came out with a point to prove.”

That point was proved early and often, as the Tigers jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the opening set and never looked back, winning 25-14.

There was a minor hiccup in the second set for the orange and black. Tied up at 16-all, Warren got a kill from Katlyn Coffman and an ace from Hailey Murdock to take the lead. Later, Danielle Lambert recorded a kill and then a block to make it 24-18 before a Kaylee Higgins kill knotted the match up at 1-1.

From there, it was all Marietta. Tied up at 4-4 in the third set, the Tigers went on a 17-3 run to go up 21-7 and eventually won 25-10. Chrystal McCoy, returning from a hand injury, notched three kills and a pair of aces in the set to lead Marietta.

Warren was off to an 8-4 lead, thanks to the serving of Taylor Foy, in the fourth set before the Tigers went on another big run to take control. Three kills by McCoy and two by Haas helped Marietta take the next 13 points to gain a 17-8 advantage. Later, a kill by Foy cut it to 24-13 before Hefter put the exclamation point on a big night for Marietta.

“These kids work hard,” Kidder said of his team. “They put a lot of time and effort into this.

“I’m so glad we could get a win. They wanted to win on ‘Senior Night.'”

Marietta improved its record to 13-5 on the year.

McCoy led everyone with 20 kills in the game and also contributed three aces and 12 digs. Lain Weppler also had a monster game for the Tigers with 26 points, 16 digs, eight aces and five kills. Shannon Haessly had 13 points and two aces, Mattie Miller had 11 points and two aces and Megan Broughton had a game-high 36 assists. Holly Hutchison added five digs and four kills. “It’s always tough when it’s a rivalry game, because you never know sometimes,” Kidder said. “But our kids were ready to play. They played hard. They hit the ball well, passed the ball well. Fell asleep a little bit in the second game, but besides that, we were pretty much in control.”

Up next for Marietta are a couple big matches against East Central Ohio League foes Cambridge and Dover. Marietta goes to Cambridge today before hosting state-ranked Dover Thursday. Dover has lost one set all season long, which happened to come against Marietta.

“We have to come out and play with a lot of excitement and determination to do our job,” Haas said. “Just like we did tonight but we need to stay consistent with it. We beat them one set last time we played them, so our team knows that it’s possible.”

Warren fell to 8-9 with the loss on the year and is back in action Thursday on the road against Jackson.

“I knew Marietta would be out to get us tonight and because it was their senior night they wanted it even more,” said warren head coach Michelle Tyo. “Again we made careless errors and couldn’t do enough to fight back when we were down.”