ROCK SPRINGS, Ohio — For two games anyway, the underdog Meigs Lady Marauders made the Alexander Spartans work.
But the Spartans were simply too tall, too talented, and in the end just too good.
In a three-game sweep on Thursday night, in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division volleyball tilt, the Spartans turned aside the Marauders 25-18, 25-7 and 25-15 inside Meigs High School’s Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Lady Marauders fell to 2-6 in the TVC-Ohio — part of 6-10 overall.
Alexander, whose only league loss is against league-leader Athens, is now 15-3 — and 7-1 within the division.
Meigs is also glad to be finished with the final week of September, of which the Marauders also lost at Warren and Wellston.
Prior to last week, the Maroon and Gold had won four consecutive contests.
Against Alexander, they played the Spartans tough in the opening and closing games, but Alexander pulled away — sandwiched around an easy 25-7 triumph in the second set.
In game one, Meigs held brief advantages at 3-2 and 4-3, as the set was tied at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5.
But the Spartans scored three consecutive points to make it 8-5, and Meigs — despite only trailing anywhere from five to seven points the remainder of the game — got no closer than 8-6.
Jenna Terry tallied the game-winning kill for Alexander, which then scored six straight points in the second game to lead 8-1.
The Spartans kept building the lead, as the 25-7 final was their largest advantage of the entire second set.
Alexander scored four straight to make it 13-4, seven straight to make it 20-5, and finally three in a row to wrap it up.
In fact, the Lady Marauders’ only points in the period came courtesy of four errors — and separate kills by McKenzie Ohlinger, Alliyah Pullins and Devyn Oliver.
In game three, Meigs scored the opening three points — and even held leads as large as 6-1 and 7-2.
But six straight by Alexander gave the Spartans their first cushion, as the set was tied at 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10 and finally 11-11.
Another Terry kill pushed the Spartans in front 12-11, and they never trailed again in scoring 13 of the final 17 points.
Jala Mace amassed 13 kills, eight digs and two blocks, while Terry tallied 11 kills and had one block.
Lexi Whitney, the Spartans’ strong middle hitter, hammered home nine kills and eight blocks.
Setter Sydney Davis dished out 38 assists, while Hunter Markins managed four kills and 10 digs.
Nicole Hudnall led the Lady Spartans with 11 digs, while she and Mallory Rankin registered three aces apiece.
Oliver led the Lady Marauders with four service points, as Maddie Hendricks had three and Kassidy Betzing added two.
Meigs returns to non-league action on Monday night — when it travels up Route 7 to Eastern.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106