McARTHUR – The Vinton County Lady Vikings defeated the Meigs Lady Marauders in four sets (21-25, 25-10, 25-12, 25-13) Thursday night in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division volleyball match. With the win, the Lady Vikings clinched at least a share of a Tri-Conference Ohio Division title.

The Lady Vikings are now 18-1 and 10-0 in the TVC-Ohio Division.

They can clinch an outright title Tuesday night at home against River Valley.

Before the game, Vinton County's 10 seniors were honored in a ceremony, which include Tegan Bartoe, Taylor Houdasheldt, Zoey Kiefer, Mika McFadden, Emily Phillips, Sydney Smith, Lacy Ward, Kerrigan Ward, Lacie Williams, and Cameron Zinn.

The Lady Vikings made Senior Night a rounding success as several players put up big numbers. Zinn had 14 kills, while Kiefer and Smith had 11 each as the trio came up with 36 of the teams' 44 total kills.

The Lady Vikings also served well in racking up 17 unreturnable serves as Zinn and Lacy Ward had five each while Houdashelt tallied three. Four of Wards were consecutive in the stretch during the second set. Kerrigan Ward finished the match with an ace in game four.

Cameron Zinn led the team with 14 assists and had 12 digs. Jordyn Zinn added 12 assists, while Kerrigan Ward led the defense with 14 digs.

In the first set, the Lady Vikings got off to a slow start as Meigs got off to a 7-1 lead. The Lady Vikings slowly staged a comeback as they pulled to 10-6 on a Cameron Zinn kill. They also stayed close at 15-11 on a kill by Smith.

However, Meigs went on an eight-point run to take a 23-15 lead. Vinton County rallied with five points paced by two Cameron Zinn aces, but Meigs went on the close out the 25-21 win.

In the second set, the Lady Vikings jumped out to a quick 5-1 start on a kill by Lacy Ward. They extended the lead to 12-5 on a kill by Cameron Zinn and closed the set for a 25-10 win.

The third set was competitive early, as Lacy Ward had a kill for a 9-7 lead. Vinton County extended the lead to 16-10 on a kill by Smith and scored the final nine points for a 25-12 win.

In the final set, Keifer had three consecutive kills to build an 11-6 lead. Cameron Zinn had two aces to help extend the lead to 16-7. The Lady Vikings scored nine of the final 16 points for secure the victory.

“We want to keep up our intensity strong going toward the end of the year,” Ervin stated. “We have to do that Tuesday against River Valley because it is our last home match. The tournament games are being played at home sites, so there's a possibility we can host for a tournament game.”

The Lady Vikings hope to celebrate an outright TVC-Ohio title Tuesday by hosting River Valley. They will travel to Athens on Thursday to close out the week.