YORK -- Meridian (25-1) held off Class D-2 No. 4 Exeter Milligan to win the Crossroads Conference Tournament championship 25-20, 25-21, 25-13 at York Auditorium.

Class D-1 No. 2 Meridian struggled in the first two sets to put away the Timberwolves. The Mustangs trailed 19-17 at one point in the second set.

"We struggled early and we were trying too hard at times, probably because we wanted this so bad," Meridian coach Bob VanWesten said.

Things turned in the third set when, VanWesten said, his team played together better.

"Everybody did a good job and our serving did really well," he said. "We kept them out of their system."

Rylee Pieper had 12 kills for Meridian, including six in the third set. Sophomore Halle Pribyl had eight kills and Lauren DeLord had seven. DeLord had a few blocks, which VanWesten said were key for his team's momentum in the late-going.

Also adding kills for Meridian was Josiee Sobotka with four, Erin Johnson with three and Hailey Schafer with two. Johnson also had 27 assists in the match.

Defensively, Pribyl had 29 digs while Johnson and Jaicee Sobotka had 19 digs and Pieper had 18 digs. Pribyl had four blocks, DeLord had three blocks and Pieper and Johnson had a block each.

Katherine White had 12 kills to lead Exeter-Milligan (20-6), and Hannah Beethe had nine kills and 14 digs.

Meridian is now 25-1 on the season and will be in action again on Tuesday when they travel to the Giltner Tournament. That tournament will wrap up Meridian's regular season.

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