Waterford blows away Southern Tornadoes

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Waterford’s Denise Young (16) and Megan Ball (18) team up to block Southern’s Jane Roush’s hit during volleyball action Monday night.

WATERFORD — Waterford High’s front row was a hit machine.

With players like Megan Ball, Morgan Lang, Alli Kern, and Denise Young, the Wildcats controlled the net and swept visiting Southern, 25-10, 25-15, and 25-20, in Tri-Valley Conference-Hocking Division volleyball action Monday night.

“I keep telling them all the time to stay aggressive and find the spot on the court,” said WHS first-year varsity head coach Kim Barker. “They all play together well. They’ve been playing together for a couple of years now. So, they’re comfortable with each other. And that helps the team dynamic as well.”

The 5-foot-10 Ball led Waterford, which improved its record to 7-1 overall, with 11 kills, five blocks, and two aces. Lang added 10 kills, while Kern and Young had six apiece.

“Megan’s very aggressive,” Barker said. “Morgan played pretty well tonight. She found holes on the court and she found the line. She did a nice job for us.”

Setting the Cat hitters up were senior co-captain Jordan Taylor and junior Allex Teters, who each had 13 assists. Taylor also contributed two aces, while Teters finished with four blocks.

“We’ve been in the gym practicing and working as a team,” Taylor said. “We looked good tonight and played well.”

Waterford libero and co-cap Hannah Duff had a match-high 12 digs and four aces, while sister Hayley added eight digs. Haley Klintworth chipped in with three aces.

“I’m very happy with this team,” Barker said.

“They’re very motivated. They just like to come in and take charge. That makes it easy to work with.

“We have six seniors who show a lot of leadership,” the coach added. “They really just want to come out and play strong.”

Southern fell to 3-6 overall on the campaign.

“We played tough there the last game,” said Southern boss Kim Hupp. “But Waterford’s a very good club. They’ve got a lot of returning players, and we’re all new to the varsity level this year. But we gave it a good effort there towards the end. We never let down and got better each set.”

Waterford never trailed and cruised through the first two sets. But in the third game, the Wildcats had to battle the Tornadoes right down to the wire.

With the score tied at 20-all, the Wildcats closed it out with a 5-0 run, highlighted by two Klintworth aces.

“We like to do that to ourselves,” said Barker, smiling. “We came out in the first two sets really strong and then we kind of sit back in the third set and don’t stay as focused as much as we should.”