Lady Raiders outlast Vinton County
by Bryan Walters email@example.com
BIDWELL, Ohio — It took 203 points, 32 lead changes and 27 ties, but the River Valley volleyball team celebrated senior night in style Wednesday night following an 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 19-25, 15-9 victory over visiting Vinton County in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Raiders (11-10) honored seniors Brea Stout, Kaci Bryant, Jessica Sanders and Sierra Bowman before the contest, then battled through five competitive games against the Lady Vikings to assure that the upperclassmen finished their home career in a grand fashion.
VCHS never trailed in Game 1 and claimed the biggest lead of the entire match at 19-10 before wrapping up the early seven-point decision. RVHS countered with with five and three point wins in the following two games, allowing the hosts to claim a 2-1 match advantage.
There were 10 ties and 11 lead changes in the pivotal fourth game, and neither team led by more than six points during the race to 25. The Lady Vikings broke away from a 17-all tie with an 8-2 surge to force a Game 5 with a six-point triumph.
River Valley battled through four ties in the finale, but the hosts broke away from a 7-all contest with eight of the next 10 points — giving the Lady Raiders a 3-2 match decision.
Leia Moore led the RVHS service attack with 17 points, followed by Bryant and Rachael Smith with eight points apiece. Jacey Walter was next with six points, while Stout and Chelsea Copley wrapped things up with two points each.
Walter led the hosts with four service aces, while Stout and Bryant each chipped in two aces. Rachael Smith and Courtney Smith also recorded an ace apiece in the triumph.
Moore led the Lady Raiders net attack with 12 kills and five blocks, followed by Bryant with six kills and Rachael Smith with five kills. Courtney Smith added three kills and Copley had two kills, while Walter added one kill. Rachael Smith and Walter also added two kills and one kill, respectively.
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