Tigers shocked: Marietta High falls to Philo Electrics in volleyball

Marietta High volleyball coach Ron Kidder was feeling good Wednesday evening as he watched his Lady Tigers take a 1-0 lead against Philo in a non-conference match at Sutton Gymnasium.

Unfortunately for Kidder and the Tigers, the Lady Electrics were able to rebound and win the next three sets to claim the match win.

“Philo played hard,” Kidder said. “Philo did what they needed to do to win and we didn’t do what we needed to do to win.”

All four sets were tightly contested, as Marietta won the first one 25-23 before losing the final three by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-20.

A turning point came early in the third set. Tied up at one set apiece, Philo jumped out to a 13-3 lead and later led 17-6. Marietta made a furious comeback attempt, getting as close as 22-20 and 24-22 before the Electrics finished it off.

The Tigers then responded by building a big lead of their own in the fourth set, going ahead 14-6. However, Philo was able to regroup and complete a comeback attempt to secure the victory.

“I think we’re more afraid of losing than excited about winning,” Kidder said of his squad. “We’ve got a lot of talent on this team, we just aren’t getting it.”

Philo was led by MacKenzie Clayton’s 16 kills and five blocks. Her presence was felt around the net all game long.

“Anytime you take a kid that’s 6-4, 6-5 and you put the ball right in front of her, she’s gonna block it,” Kidder said. “You’ve got to make her move. You can’t just let her stand there in the middle.”

Gracie Haas led the orange and black with 13 kills and three blocks. Lain Weppler had 10 kills and a team-high four aces while Megan Broughton notched 32 assists. Abby Harrison contributed a game-high 15 digs.

Marietta was 12-11 in the opening set when kills by Haas and Broughton and an ace by Shannon Haessly helped the Tigers take a 17-12 lead. After a kill by Harrison made it 18-12, Philo took six of the next eight points to cut it to 20-18. Haas then recorded a block and later a kill to make it 24-19. Philo rallied for four straight points before Haas’ block ended the set with MHS on top 25-23.

The next set was knotted up at 14-all before the Electrics scored five straight points. Marietta battled to cut it to 19-17, and later a kill and an ace by Weppler made it 23-22, but Philo wrapped it up three plays later to even the series at 1-1.

The loss dropped Marietta’s record to 11-4 while Philo improved to 11-3.

The Tigers travel to New Philadelphia today in a key East Central Ohio League match-up. Marietta defeated the Quakers earlier this season.