Marlington Dukes volleyball sweeps West Branch Warriors


LEXINGTON TWP. — Marlington’s volleyball team celebrated Senior Night and inched closer to a fourth straight conference title as the Dukes turned back rival West Branch 25-14, 25-14, 28-26 in Eastern Buckeye Conference action Thursday evening in the Marlington gym.

“I’m so proud of my girls, especially on Senior Night and just the vibe that my team had tonight,” praised Marlington coach Stephanie Tortola. “They were so excited, not to play for themselves but to play for the seniors, and when you have that energy in the house, that’s a good thing.”

With the win, the Dukes improved to 12-4 overall and remained perfect in the EBC at 9-0 with three league matches left.

Before the match, Marlington honored its two senior players in Morgan Campbell and Lauren Graffice.

West Branch's Bailey Campbell returns a Marlington volley during conference action at Marlington High School on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

With the setback, West Branch, which is in second place in the EBC standings, is now 12-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

“It’s been the same thing all season in that we start slow,” explained West Branch coach Penny DeShields of her team’s losses in the first two sets. 

Leading the Dukes were junior Jillian Fellers (14 points, four blocks), junior Madison Wade (11 kills), junior Mallory Bennett (25 assists) and senior Morgan Campbell (19 digs).

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