JACKSON – Despite trailing in the second and third sets, Wheelersburg was in control against Jackson, as the 2019 state runner-up in Division III swept the Ironladies 25-8, 25-14, 25-17, on Wednesday at Jackson High School.

Led by Kylee Barney (12 kills, 1 block), Kaylee Darnell (10 kills, 9 digs), Emily Boggs (10 kills, 13 digs), and Rylee Meeker (10 kills, 1 block), the Lady Pirates easily earned their fifth win of the year.

“We tried to match up with their height to start the match, and it backfired on us,” said Jackson head coach Jay Martin. “Credit to Wheelersburg. They are a very good team. “They kept the pressure on us, and they were aggressive with their hitting and serving.”

The first set started fast for Wheelersburg, as the Lady Pirates rattled off a big run in a 25-8 victory.

The next two sets, however, were somewhat closer, especially early.

In the second set, the Ironladies jumped out to a 5-0 lead. However, after Wheelersburg rallied to tie the score at 5-5, and again at 6-6, and 8-8, the tide turned in favor of the Lady Pirates, who used a 14-4 run to take a 22-12 lead, before winning the set 25-14.

In the third set, the Ironladies again shot out to a 5-0 lead. Nevertheless, Wheelersburg took advantage of seven kills and a block by Barney and three kills by Boggs to take a 13-8 lead. The closest Jackson came was 23-17, but a kill by Lindsay Heimbach, followed by an ace serve, closed out the set and the match.

“We played with them at certain times in the second and third sets,” said Martin. “Then we lost our continuity on offense and defense.

“Every time they made a run, it was because of their attacks or serves, and they had us out of our system.”

Kloe Zink led Jackson (2-3) with seven kills, Halle Hughes had nine assists, and Kaydee Brown finished with 22 digs.

The Ironladies will host a pair of FAC matches next week, beginning with Hillsboro on Tuesday and Thursday against Washington Court House.