MHS spikers in virus quarantine until Oct. 23


Marysville’s Carys Gossett (16) goes up to block at shot at Thomas Worthington in this file photo. Also pictured for the Lady Monarchs is Jillian Gardner (4). The Marysville team is in coronavirus quarantine until Oct. 23. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)

Tournament match at W. Kilbourne has new date
It has been a struggle for Marysville High School’s varsity volleyball team to win matches this season.
Now, the Lady Monarchs (who are 5-14 on the season) won’t even be able to play any competition until the latter part of October.
MHS missed a match that was scheduled to be played at Olentangy Liberty on Saturday.
That was because the team is currently in COVID-19 quarantine.
Head coach Bethany Bentz reported on Monday the team has been sidelined until Oct. 23.
MHS athletic director Joey Day confirmed the information to the newspaper later in the afternoon.
The Lady Monarchs were scheduled for three matches this week to wrap up the 2020 regular season.
They were set to play at Olentangy on Monday, home against Olentangy Berlin this evening and home against Worthington Kilbourne on Wednesday.
Those matches have been postponed and it is not known whether they will be rescheduled.
“We want to try and play those matches if it’s possible to do so,” said Day. “However, it’s going to be a little bit of a challenge to make them up (at this point in the season).”
The quarantine will also have an impact on the Lady Monarchs’ upcoming Division I tournament.
The Lady Monarchs, who are the No. 29 seed for the post-season, are scheduled to play at No. 9 Worthington Kilbourne on Thursday, Oct. 22.
That is one day before the team is set to be released from the quarantine.
“I’ve contacted Worthington Kilbourne to see whether we can reschedule the tournament match for Saturday, Oct. 24,” Day told the Journal-Tribune.
The newspaper learned right before presstime the match has been rescheduled for Oct. 24 at 10 a.m.
Day said that due to privacy laws, he could not say how it was determined the team should go into quarantine. It was not reported how many spikers may have been infected with the disease or whether any player had come in contact with someone who has the virus.
“We are, however, being precautionary and are following the guidelines and regulations that have been mandated by the Union County Health Department,” said Day.
The MHS volleyball program to date is the only one at the school that has been impacted to this extent by the coronavirus pandemic.
“That’s a testament to our staff and coaches who have complied with all the state and local health regulations,” said Day. “We’ve been very fortunate to this point.”

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