Marion earns split at Canton-Galva

The Marion volleyball team couldn’t stand up to a tough hitting attack brought by Hutch Trinity in the first match of tonight’s Canton-Galva triangular, but they rallied to defeat the home team in three sets to go 1-1, improving to 2-5 on the season. 

The Warriors were ousted by the Celtics in a quick two-game match-up. Marion took an early lead in the first set thanks to back-to-back kills from senior outside hitter Briana Hall, but after swapping leads and tying once, the Celtics tied it again, 8-8, and took over from there. They scored six unanswered points to make it 14-8, Hutch Trinity. Marion continued to fight, but the Celtics slowly drew away to end up with the 25-18 win. 

In the second game. Marion scored first with a kill from senior Megan Richmond, but then the warriors gave up nine straight unanswered points to allow Hutch Trinity a sizable lead. Juniors Kaelyn Thierolf and Katey Ehrlich finally earned three kills in rapid succession to spark a bit of Warrior offense, but it was too little, too late, as the Celtics ran away with a 25-14 victory and the match win. 

Marion showed some improvements against Canton-Galva, taking the first and third sets for the overall victory, 2-1. Hall and her sister, sophomore Julia, combined forces to help Marion out-score the Eagles, 8-2, in the first few minutes of the game. But, as we’ve seen happen too many times before, the Warriors then relapsed to let Canton-Galva loose for a six-point scoring burst to tie the game. Fortunately for Marion, Thierolf scored next to take back the lead for the Warriors and spark an 11-1 scoring streak to take a 19-9 lead. Marion cruised to a 25-14 win in the first set. 

But the Warriors are evidently loath to break tradition because, in typical fashion, they relapsed in the second set, allowing Canton-Galva to take an early lead. Marion struggled to make passes and seemed off-balance offensively, though they never allowed the Eagles a double-digit margin. Marion rallied a bit as the game wore on, galvanized by an ace and a kill from Thierolf to cut Canton-Galva’s lead to two points, 21-19. But in the end the Warriors just let the game get away from them, resigning themselves to a 25-21 loss. 

Ehrlich gave Marion just the start they needed in the final set, earning three points right off the bat from Eagle errors on her serves. A block from Richmond and a kill and tip from B. Hall and Thierolf gave Marion a quick 6-1 lead. The Warriors proceeded to run away with the Eagles, with the terrible trio of Thierolf and the Hall sisters leading the way to a double-digit margin, 18-18. Marion held on to a comfortable lead for the rest of the set, winning the game and match, 25-18. 

The Warriors will face tough competition this weekend as they travel to the Centre Invitational Tourney, where they are the fourth-seeded team. They are scheduled to play No. 5 seed Herington at 10 a.m. Saturday to start off pool play, before taking on eighth-seeded White City at noon and top-seeded Little River at 1 p.m. 

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