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Morgantown sweeps John Marshall to safe spot in OVAC championship

MORGANTOWN — The Morgantown Excessive College volleyball crew earned a 3-0 sweep over John Marshall in an OVAC Class 5A volleyball event semifinal on Tuesday night time contained in the Rowdie Heart.

With the victory, MHS advances to the championship recreation on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Union Native Excessive College in Belmont, Ohio towards the winner of tomorrow’s match between College and Warren (Oh.).

The Mohigans (20-2) downed the Monarchs (13-11) in straight units 25-19, 25-17, 25-19 to earn their twentieth win of the season and an opportunity at one other OVAC title.

The primary set began off with a bang as each groups got here out able to play. The Monarchs have been the crew to tug forward early on 9-5, as their defensive entrance got here up with some massive blocks within the opening levels of the match.

The Mohigans weathered the storm as a substitute of electing for a timeout and fought their approach again into the set, incomes seven out of ten factors to tie the sport at 12-12.

“Early on I needed to allow them to play it out on the court docket and construct some psychological toughness,” MHS head coach Erica Manor mentioned. “I like to offer them the chance to determine it out themselves earlier than stopping the match to huddle up and bringing it in myself.”

The Monarchs flipped momentum a number of factors later and snatched a lead of their very own at 18-14, benefiting from MHS errors and forcing the hosts to name timeout.

The dialog within the huddle labored as MHS ended the primary set on an 11-1 scoring run to finish the opening set and go forward 1-0 within the match.

Twice within the early levels of the second set, MHS held leads of three factors however JM evened the rating simply as shortly. The Monarchs managed to take its first lead of the second set at 13-11 however allowed the Mohigans to go on one other scoring run of 5 straight factors and referred to as timeout trailing 16-13.

“Their offensive recreation was robust as they moved the ball round loads,” Manor mentioned. “They’ve some massive hitters within the center and did a pleasant job of constructing it troublesome for us to return a few of these balls.”

One factor that stands out for MHS is the flexibility of the hitters within the again line, as gamers like junior Paige Brink can nonetheless ship the ball over the online with good tempo and motion regardless of having to hit it from the again of the court docket.

“We love having that again row choices after we can’t set our pins,” Manor mentioned. “Paige is so good at getting energy behind the ball and a few of them are lights out when she cranks it and it’s arduous to come up with.”

MHS denied a JM comeback within the second set to go forward 2-0 within the match.

The third set opened because the second did with MHS extending a lead however JM preventing again to tie the match. This time it was at 11 however as they did within the second set, the Mohigans constructed a lead at 16-13 and didn’t look again from there.

MHS gained the third set 25-19 to earn the sweep and transfer on to Saturday’s championship match.