Warren sweep: Lady Warriors top Marietta 25-17, 25-19, 25-21
VINCENT – With Marietta at 4-0 and Warren at 0-1 going in to Monday evening’s non-league matchup, not very many people probably would have predicted a 3-0 sweep in favor of the royal blue and white.
However, volleyball can often prove to be unpredictable, as the Lady Warriors took down the previously undefeated Tigers in three sets at Warrior Coliseum.
“That was a huge win for us,” said Warren head coach Michelle Tyo.
“I had to kind of put in a different rotation which worked really well for us.”
Marietta head coach Ron Kidder credited Warren on a well-played match, but admitted the Tigers didn’t play to their ability.
“Warren executed,” Kidder said. “Warren did what I think they were asked to do by their coach.
“We didn’t really execute on anything.”
Warren set the tone early on in the match, jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the first set. A kill by Marietta’s Holly Hutchison finally got the Tigers on the board before Warren got three more to make it 11-1.
“My girls were ready,” Tyo said. “They came into it and they were pumped. Their goal was to get it done in three games and just really redeem themselves from our last match against Athens.”
Later in the set, Warren’s Natalie Knowlton recorded a kill to make it 15-5, and the Warriors later upped their lead to 11 on a Victoria Buzzard kill to make it 19-8.
Marietta then went on a 7-3 run, capped by a block by Hutchison, to cut the deficit to 22-15. With Warren up 24-17, Knowlton bumped the ball perfectly into no-man’s land to give Warren a 1-0 lead in the match.
Marietta seemed to come out more focused in the second set. Down 6-5, a kill by Gracie Haas tied it. Warren fired right back with back-to-back points on kills by Danielle Lambert and Taylor Foy to take an 8-6 lead.
Warren later took a 16-12 lead before consecutive kills by Haas and Hutchison made it 16-14. The Warriors then took the next four points to go up by six.
With the Tigers down 22-16, they took the next three points before Warren scored the final three to claim the second set.
The third and final set was the tightest. After an ace by Marietta’s Lain Weppler tied it up at 20-20, Warren scored three straight points, capped by a block by Lambert, to go up 23-20.
The teams split the next two points before Warren notched the final one to seal the victory.
Foy paced the Warriors with 10 kills, and also contributed three digs, two blocks and an ace. Hailey Murdock led the team with 13 digs, while Knowlton contributed seven digs, two aces and three kills. Buzzard had three digs, six kills and two blocks while Lambert chipped in with five kills and three blocks.
“All of them did a really great job,” Tyo said. “They really came together as a team. This is what happens we play as a team. This is a huge win for us.”
Marietta was led by Mattie Miller’s 10 digs, Megan Broughton’s 16 assists and Weppler and Haas’ nine kills.
“We have a lot of talent, we just didn’t execute,” Kidder said.
“It’ll be back to the drawing board, back to the gym. Hopefully they get more focused than are. Definitely weren’t focused tonight.”
Both teams begin league play this week, as Marietta hosts Zanesville on Wednesday and Warren hosts Gallia Academy on Thursday .