The McClain Tigers host the Fairfield Lions in volleyball action on Monday; Lady Tigers win in three sets


The McClain Lady Tigers volleyball team hosted cross-county rival the Fairfield Lady Lions on Monday at McClain High School. The Lady Tigers came away with the victory in straight sets 25 – 7, 25 – 14, and 25 – 20.

McClain came out of the gates fast scoring 16 straight points to open the first set as Chayden Pitzer served at will. The Lady Lions had no answer for the Lady Tigers in the set with all but one service netting Fairfield more than one point. Pitzer also served the winning points to bring the set to a close.

The second set was more of the same as the Lady Lions were unable to get anything going in their service game. The Lady Tigers were led in the set by Hunter Scott who served for eight points in the set including two service aces. Makenzie Montavon chipped in five points of her own and Liz Kegley finished off the Lady Lions to take the second set by a score of 25 – 14.

McClain slipped a little in the third set as they seemed to get comfortable with their two set lead. The Lady Lions capitalized on the lack luster play by the Lady Tigers to put together their best set of the match. Ciara Knisley led Fairfield with five points in the third set and Breanna Barnes and Kami Magee both chipped in with four points apiece to keep the set close.

However, the come from behind victory was not in the cards for Fairfield as the Lady Tigers got back on track after a late timeout with the score 22 – 18. Pitzer recorded two straight points before service was returned to the Lady Lions. On the next volley Taylor Butterbaugh made the final kill to give McClain the set 25 – 20 and the match victory.

Fairfield head coach Megan Young pinpointed the problem for the Lady Lions after the game. “We were playing really well before fair break. Our hits were on and our sets were on. But, with all the girls I have in FFA and 4-H we were only able to practice one day. That definitely played a part in things tonight.”

McClain head coach Taylor Alsop was happy to get the week started with a victory. “I am really happy with the win tonight. After a week off with little practice I am really proud with their effort and intensity. I told them that I wanted them to leave everything on the court. They are really picking it up now and I am happy to see that.”

Alsop also said, “I am very hopeful that we can build off of this win tonight.”

The Lady Lions will be back in action on Tuesday when they host SHAC rivals the Peebles Indians.

The Lady Tigers will also be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Chillicothe to take on FAC rivals the Chillicothe Cavaliers.

Reach Ryan Applegate at 937-402-2572, or on Twitter @RCApplegate89.

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Hunter Scott spikes the ball as players from McClain and Fairfield look on Monday at McClain High School.
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/09/web1_McClain-vs-Fairfield-VB.jpgHunter Scott spikes the ball as players from McClain and Fairfield look on Monday at McClain High School. Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

By Ryan Applegate

rapplegate@timesgazette.com