Marietta Sweeps

Tigers’ Connolly records 1,500th assist

RON JOHNSTON, The Marietta Times Marietta’s Tia Jarvis (10) and Ally Mack (24) block a shot from Meigs during the Tigers’ 25-9, 25-13 straight-set win over the Marauders Monday. Marietta also beat Parkersburg Catholic.

Morgan Connolly achieved a career milestone.

The Marietta High senior setter recorded her 1,500th assist as the Tigers swept Meigs High, 25-9 and 25-13, Monday night in a volleyball triangular meet at Sutton Gym.

“I knew I needed three to five more, but Natalie (Brooks) actually told Coach (Ron) Kidder how many I needed to get to 1,500,” said Connolly. “I’m happy. I really don’t know how to act. I’m really proud.”

Connolly got assist number 1,500 early in the opening set when she set up Brooks for a kill.

“It helps a lot to have good hitters, like Natalie, Hannah (Kroft), Betsy (Wriston), and Sydney (Wright),” Connolly said. “It makes my job a lot easier.”

Connolly finished the first match against Meigs with seven assists. She added 19 more in Marietta’s 25-14 and 25-18 triumph over Parkersburg Catholic.

“Morgan’s good, very athletic, and very coachable,” said Marietta coach Ron Kidder, whose Tigers improved their record to 13-3 overall. “She’s also smart and the quarterback of the team.”

In another tri-match, Catholic (6-7) had to rally to defeat Meigs, 19-25, 25-15 and 27-25.

Against the Marauders (4-11), Kroft had eight kills and three blocks; Wriston, six kills, six aces, and 16 points; and Brooks, five kills. Kaitlyn McClead finished with a match-high eight assists.

Brooks and Kroft had nine and eight kills, respectively, to lead the Tigers against PCHS.

Connolly added 11 points and five assists.

The Crusaders were paced by Aalliyah Brunny’s seven kills and Jenna Boice’s 13 assists. Grace Pedersen finish with a match-high eight digs.

“Marietta’s a good team, and that’s why I bring my team up here, so we can play good competition every year,” said PCHS boss Amanda Weatherwax. “We made a better showing this year as opposed to last year. And, that’s all we can work for, getting better every single time.”

Kidder said that Catholic “was really improved.”

“They’re a nice young team,” the Tigers coach added. “I know they’ve been working hard, and they’re well-coached. They’re coming, and they’re going to have a good program. They’ve got some talent down there.”

After PCHS lost its first set to Meigs, it came back to level the count in the second set.

In the third set, the Crusaders were one point away from getting beat by the Marauders, but rallied to win it by two points.

Lainie Ross and Brunny helped lead the way with nine and seven kills, respectively. Paige Stotts and Madison Ross chipped in with six kills apiece. Boice finished with 24 assists, and Gracie Lowers had 12 digs.

“That was a thriller, absolutely,” said Weatherwax of the come-from-behind win. “I’ve been seeing a lot more fight out of the girls when the match is tighter. So, that means they’re working better as a team.”