Cambridge jumped out to a 6-1 lead in set four here Thursday evening inside Sutton Gymnasium, but the visiting Bobcats couldn’t force a decisive fifth set as Marietta swept the East Central Ohio League season series via a 25-21, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-17 victory.
The Tigers of head coach Ron Kidder, who improved to 15-4 and return to action Tuesday at Williamstown, finished the match with 11 service errors.
Setter Maddy Muntz posted match-highs of four aces and 31 assists to go along with a dozen digs. Tiger teammate Sydney Wright, who added 10 digs, led the way with a match-high 15 downed spikes. MHS also received 11 kills apiece from Sophie Evans and Emily Arnold while libero McKenzie Wright tallied a match-high 26 digs.
“It’s toward the end of the season and it was our last league game,” noted Kidder, who watched Kate Evans join Muntz with a quartet of aces while Grace Wojcik chipped in two aces, four kills and 15 digs. “I think sometimes all the players know what the teams are like and what their records are and stuff like this and I think sometimes you just play down.
“When you do play down and you win it’s hard to say a whole lot to the kids besides you got to keep reminding them they got to stay up and do the little things right. We’re undefeated at home (8-0). We did a great job at home this year. This is a season where we lost six seniors so it’s been a great year for us. These kids have stepped up and played.”
After getting set point to open the match on a Cambridge attack error, Marietta roared ahead 8-2 in set two. However, first-year head coach Crissy Booth’s Bobcats went on a 15-2 run and appeared to take control following a Morgan Bradison kill via one of Ava Byerly’s 14 assists to cap the spurt. A kill by Tiger Maddi Scharff, who had a baker’s dozen digs, cut the deficit to 19-13, but more importantly ignited a set-ending 12-4 run. Muntz had a trio of aces in the span and it was 21-all after Sophie Evans’ solo block on Sydney Knaup, who had six kills and four blocks in the setback. Tied at 23, Sophie Evans got a crosscourt kill to go which went off the net and Wojcik’s kill with Sydney Wright at the service line gave the hosts a two sets to none advantage.
Bobcat Camryn Gebhart, who had seven kills and 16 digs, served for five straight points to give the visitors a 6-2 lead in set three. Ziciah Gibson, who had a dozen digs, put down one of her five kills for a 13-7 cushion. A second-hit kill by Muntz was later followed by an Izzy Becker downed spike along with a pair of aces by Kate Evans to make it 16-14. MHS used a Sadie Gray kill along with a Wojcik ace to get to within one at 20-19, but kills from Knaup, Byerly and Laney Carpenter got the 7-9 Bobcats to set point, which Gebhart took care of with a play at the net.
Ryan Dunning’s block along with downed spikes from Gibson, Knaup and Bradison had the visitors up 6-1 early in set four. The Bobcats, who play host to Meadowbrook at 5:30 p.m. today, led 15-11 following a tip kill by Knaup but the Tigers finished the match on a 14-2 run. A Kate Evans kill tied it at 17-all while McKenzie Wright dug a smash from Knaup that went across the net and hit the floor for a 22-17 lead. Sophie Evans mashed one to the floor and then registered another kill to get to match point, which was awarded on a Bobcat free ball attack error.
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