The Dover High volleyball team was 17-0 going into Thursday's match against Marietta at Sutton Gymnasium.
The Tigers quickly found out why, as Dover used powerful hitting and accurate passing to sweep MHS by scores of 25-15, 25-6 and 25-18.
"You just can't make the little mistakes against (Dover) because they're not gonna make mistakes," said Marietta head coach Ron Kidder. "They're gonna pound the ball. They're solid all the way around. I've got to give them credit. That's why they're ranked in the state."
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Gracie Haas, left, tries to spike the ball as Dover’s Moriah Monaco (33) and Megan Lawless (11) attempt to block it. The Tigers were swept by the Tornadoes.
Lain Weppler led Marietta with six kills and Jennifer Hefter had a team-high five points in the match. Megan Broughton contributed 14 assists.
After a kill by Holly Hutchison, assisted by Broughton, put the Tigers up 1-0 in the first set, it was pretty much all down-hill from there. Dover built a 17-7 lead before a kill by Shannon Haessly and a block by Weppler cut it to 17-9.
Later, a kill by Broughton cut it to 22-12, but the Tornadoes got big hits from Moriah Monaco to take the opening set 25-15.
Dover d. Marietta 25-15, 25-6, 25-18
Marietta (13-7) stats: Jennifer Hefter 5pts, 1ace; Mattie Miller 4pts, 1ace, 5digs; Megan Broughton 1pt, 1kill, 14asst, 1dig, 1block; Chrystal McCoy 1pt, 1ace, 4kills; Gracie Haas 4kills, 1dig, 2blocks; Holly Hutchison 2kills, 1dig; Lain Weppler 6kills, 4digs; Shannon Haessly 3digs
Next match: Marietta at River View at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday
Waterford d. Miller 25-8, 25-8, 25-10
Waterford (17-2, 14-0) stats: Dani Drayer 4pts, 6kills, 1block, 8digs; Laura Hill 3pts, 2aces, 3asst, 11kills, 4digs; Taylor Hilverding 2pts, 1ace, 1asst, 3kills, 3blocks, 4digs; Haley McCutcheon 15pts, 7aces, 1asst, 7kills, 1block, 6digs; Alyssa Miller 14pts, 5aces, 27asst, 4kills, 3blocks; Regan Porter 1kill; Jessie Reynolds 7pts, 2aces, 2kills; Katie Semon 1asst, 3digs; Maddy Sury 8pts, 2aces, 2kills, 1block, 4digs; Tess Teters 1dig
JV: Waterford d. Miller 25-21, 25-9
JV stats: Waterford (14-2, 12-2): Madison Ohse 2pts, 3kills; Melanie Radabaugh 1ace, 1kill; Mariah Starkey 4pts, 1ace, 18asst, 1kill; Jillian McCutcheon 4pts, 1block; Teters 3pts, 2aces, 2kills; Samantha Armstrong 1asst; Porter 10pts, 5aces, 7kills, 3blocks; Gabbi Tornes 9pts, 3aces, 6kills
Next match: Belpre at Waterford at 6 p.m. Monday (Senior Night)
Fort Frye d. Buckeye Trail 25-23, 15-25, 25-20, 25-23
Fort Frye (14-4, 10-2) stats: Alli Hesson 27asst, 2digs, 13pts, 3aces; Bailey Thieman 6kills, 12digs, 9pts, 3aces; Alyssa Skinner 26asst, 3digs, 6pts, 1ace; Natalie Smith 9kills, 3asst, 2blocks; Megan Pennock 7kills, 2asst; Lexi Skinner 2asst, 14digs; Megan Hesson 11kills, 15digs, 11pts, 1ace; Taylor Pennock 16kills, 4blocks, 4pts, 1ace; Mikaela Dyar 1dig, 5pts, 1ace; Makayla Liedtke 2kills, 2blocks
JV: Fort Frye d. 25-12, 25-17
JV stats: Fort Frye (14-2): Jordan Schilling 1kill, 7asst, 11pts, 3aces; Kelsey Sampson 8kills; Jordyn Hendershot 13pts, 4aces; Dyar 1kill, 1asst, 7pts, 3aces; Karisa Lang 1kill; Kayla Dye 4kills, 2pts, 1ace; Allie Tice 1kill, 1pt; Sarah Wagner 2kills
Wood County Christian School d. St. Marys 25-17, 25-6, 25-19.
WCCS (17-4) Scoring: Heather Lord - 14 (3 aces), Katie Ward - 12 (1 ace), Rinnah Ward - 2, Demichelle Krupinski - 3 (1 ace), Sarah Rataiczak - 3, Adria Herridge - 6, Hannah Lord - 4 (1 ace), Rebecca Morris - 6, Stacy Browning - 4 (1 ace), Olivia Eckels - 3 (1 ace), Maggie Frock - 2, Sarah Barnes - 1, Lexi Gutberlet - 13 (3 aces)
Assists: Katie Ward - 21, Rinnah Ward - 1, Sarah Rataiczak - 10, Stacy Browning - 5, Olivia Eckels - 1, Lexi Gutberlet - 1
Spikes (Kills): Heather Lord - 3 (1 kill), Katie Ward - 3 (2 kills), Rinnah Ward - 2 (7 kills), Demichelle Krupinski - 3 (6 kills), Sarah Rataiczak - 6, Adria Herridge - 3 (1 kill), Hannah Lord - 2, Rebecca Morris - 5 (3 kills), Maggie Frock - (1 kill), Lexi Gutberlet - 2.
Blocks: Rinnah Ward - 6, Demichelle Krupinski - 1, Adria Herridge - 2
Digs: Heather Lord - 5, Demichelle Krupinski - 3, Adria Herridge - 10, Hannah Lord - 7, Rebecca Morris - 3, Olivia Eckels - 2, Maggie Frock - 8, Sarah Barnes - 3, Lexi Gutberlet - 8
Next Match - Friday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. at WCCS against Calvary Christian.
The second set was a dominating display by Dover. Marietta got as close as 16-5 after a kill and a block by Haas, but Dover took nine of the next 10 points to win the set by a whopping 25-6 margin.
The Tigers rebounded nicely, as they kept Dover on its heels in the third set. Tied up at 3-all, a kill by Weppler put Marietta on top. Later, back-to-back kills by Chrystal McCoy put MHS up 9-6. Dover would cut it to 11-10 before kills by McCoy and Weppler gave Marietta a 13-11 advantage.
Dover kicked it back into gear after that, scoring 10 straight points to go up 21-13. Kills by Weppler and Haas would cut it to 23-17 before Dover finally put it away to improve to 18-0.
Earlier this season at Dover, Marietta took a set from the Tornadoes, the only time that's happened all season.
"I look at them and I have to give them credit," Kidder said. "I can't say we just didn't play good. They came to play tonight. They play consistent and that's why they are where they're at."
Marietta (13-7) will look to end a two-game losing skid with a win at River View on Tuesday.
"We did some good things tonight," Kidder said. "I like some of the things we did. We'll take it from there and work on it. Get some more experience and go from there."