Tara Heitmeyer of Ottoville slams the ball past Delaney Deuel of Jefferson in Thursday's matchup. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Tara Heitmeyer of Ottoville slams the ball past Delaney Deuel of Jefferson in Thursday's matchup. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

DELPHOS — The Lady Green defeated Jefferson 3-1 on Thursday night. After splitting the first two sets, Ottoville won the third set 25-19 and the fourth 25-14 to earn their the victory.

“I’m really happy with the win tonight,” said Ottoville head coach Melany Kohls. “Our Libero was out sick and I think a lot of our girls stepped up and did very well. We need to keep this momentum going and carry it over to our next game.”

The Lady Green came out on fire in the opening set with an 8-0 run. Jefferson got their act together after a timeout and managed to tie things up a 14 and 17 but an 8-2 run by Ottoville to close out the set gave them a 1-0 lead.

The Cats began set number two with a 6-3 advantage. The Big Green managed to tie the set at 9-9 before Jefferson went on a 5-0 run. Ottoville clawed their way back in the game and threatened late but the Lady Cats held on for a 26-24 victory and tied things up a 1-1.

Tara Heitmeyer was a force on the net and wreaked havoc for Jefferson all night. Kohls noted after the game that Heitmeyer is always a big part of her offense.

The Lady Green took control early in the third set and never looked back. Heitmeyer led the charge as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead and gained momentum. Ottoville extended their advantage to double digits as they pushed the lead to 19-9 before the Wildcats began to mount a comeback. Jefferson drew within five points of the Green but a kill by Elise Kramer secured the third set for Ottoville, 25-19.

Set number four was a battle until the midway point. The Lady Cats held a one-point advantage but the Big Green went on a 10-2 run and put Jefferson on their heels. Many of the wounds suffered by the Cats late in the set were self inflicted as mental errors compounded eachother. A hit out of bounds by Jefferson sealed the set 25-14 and the match 3-1 in favor of Ottoville.

“We started good right out of the gate and ended the game sluggish,” said Jefferson head coach Kristi Hageman. “We dig ourselves holes that we can’t get out of our head wasn’t in the game. We need to become one unit again and not individual players. As a team, we will continue to work hard and get ready for the next game.”

Delaney Deuel had 11 kills for the Lady Cats and Brooke Brinkman added 10. Gwen Teman had a team-high 13 assists and three aces.