Waterford wins wild district final volleyball match

Photo courtesy of Kevin Colley Waterford's Megan Ball (18) and Denise Young (16) go up for a block during a high school volleyball district final match Saturday in Jackson.

JACKSON — A 2-0 defecit wasn’t enough to stop the Waterford High volleyball team Saturday.

In a Division IV Southeast District championship match, the Lady Wildcats rallied to defeat Portsmouth Clay in five sets by scores of 17-25, 11-25, 25-22, 25-18 and 15-13.

With the district crown secured, Waterford (24-1) turns its attention to the regional tournament. The ‘Cats will face Portsmouth Notre Dame, which defeated Federal Hocking Saturday in the Southeast District’s other finals match, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lancaster High School in the “Sweet 16.”

Megan Ball paced Waterford Saturday with 14 kills, seven blocks and four aces. Alli Kern added 12 kills and two blocks, while Morgan Lang and Denise Young posted seven and four kills, respectively. Jordan Taylor had 18 assists while Allex Teters added 10, and Hayley Duff and Haley Klintworth registered 11 digs apiece.

After Clay dominated the first two sets, Waterford clawed back and tied the match at 2-all.

In set No. 5, Waterford came out firing and took a 10-2 lead. Clay kept fighting and cut the Wildcats’ lead to 12-11, but Waterford took three of the final five points to secure the win.