MACON -- Meridian was stepping to the ball too slow too many times.
Riverton libero Adriana Ray served every point of a six-point run at the start of the second set, and did the same during a three-point run later.
After a back-and-forth start to the first set, Riverton cruised to a win over Meridian, 25-18, 25-13 on Monday.
During Ray's serving streak, Meridian's back row players were constantly lunging forward to the ground to try to dig up short balls. The desperation started on the first touch and Meridian's offense was always left to scramble.
Riverton was up 6-2 before Meridian got its serve back, but Ray returned to help the visitors mount a three-point run for a 15-8 lead.
Ray had two aces, so did Addison Pals and Meridian made Riverton look especially tricky in that aspect of the game.
"Just kind of stalled out," Meridian coach Tony Holly said. "We didn't read on defense very well. Balls came over that we normally get, we pick up in practice. Those are the kinds of things we work on and for whatever reason tonight, we just kind of played flat."
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Riverton had a lot of players who could serve and, with its height, had as many options at the net against a smaller Meridian lineup.
Bailey Rexroad led Riverton with 13 kills, while Meridian's leader Chelsea Getz managed only four against a tough block.
The night began pretty evenly, though. The first set was tied at 8-all before Riverton mounted a six-point run when they took over control of the match.
"The shots where they were just rolling shots over and giving them to us, I feel like we had opportunities to get those and just didn't," Holly said.
Meridian had a defensive struggle all night for what Holly said was a lack of communication, somewhat of an Achilles heel so far for his 3-3 team.
Abby Herbert made a big effort at the net, coming up with four blocks. Drew Newberry was the other defensive leader with 13 digs.