MARIETTA - The Dover High volleyball team was 17-0 going into Thursday's match against Marietta at Sutton Gymnasium.
The Tigers quickly found out why, as Dover used powerful hitting and accurate passing to sweep MHS by scores of 25-15, 25-6 and 25-18.
"You just can't make the little mistakes against (Dover) because they're not going to make mistakes," said Marietta head coach Ron Kidder. "They're going pound the ball. They're solid all the way around. I've got to give them credit. That's why they're ranked in the state."
Photo by Jordan Holland
Marietta High's Gracie Haas, left, tries to spike the ball as Dover's Moriah Monaco (33) and Megan Lawless (11) attempt to block it. The Tigers were swept by the Tornadoes.
Lain Weppler led Marietta with six kills and Jennifer Hefter had a team-high five points in the match. Megan Broughton contributed 14 assists.
After a kill by Holly Hutchison, assisted by Broughton, put the Tigers up 1-0 in the first set, it was pretty much all downhill from there on. Dover built a 17-7 lead before a kill by Shannon Haessly and a block by Weppler cut it to 17-9.
Later, a kill by Broughton cut it to 22-12, but the Tornadoes got big hits from Moriah Monaco to take the opening set, 25-15.
The second set was a dominating display by Dover. Marietta got as close as 16-5 after a kill and a block by Gracie Haas, but Dover took nine of the next 10 points to win the set by a whopping 25-6 margin.
The Tigers rebounded nicely, as they kept Dover on its heels in the third set. Tied up at 3-all, a kill by Weppler put Marietta on top. Later, back-to-back kills by Chrystal McCoy put MHS up 9-6. Dover would cut it to 11-10 before kills by McCoy and Weppler gave Marietta a 13-11 advantage.
Dover kicked it back into gear after that, scoring 10 straight points to go up 21-13. Kills by Weppler and Haas would cut it to 23-17 before Dover finally put it away to improve to 18-0.
Earlier this season at Dover, Marietta took a set from the Tornadoes, the only time that's happened all season.
"I look at them and I have to give them credit," Kidder said. "I can't say we just didn't play good. They came to play tonight. They play consistent and that's why they are where they're at."
Marietta (13-7) will look to end a two-game losing skid with a win at River View on Tuesday.
"We did some good things tonight," Kidder said. "I like some of the things we did. We'll take it from there and work on it. Get some more experience and go from there."