GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — It’s not how you start something, but rather how you finish it.
The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team rallied back from early deficits in each of its three games against visiting Grace Tuesday night en route to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-19 victory in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Defenders (2-0) trailed by at least three points in each game, and each time they came up with the big plays that ultimately allowed the hosts to remain unbeaten in the early part of this season.
The Lady Soldiers jumped out to leads of 15-10 and 21-17 in the opening game, but OVCS received four straight service points from Cassandra Hutchison after breaking serve for a slim 22-21 edge.
Grace countered by breaking serve to knot things up at 22, but the hosts regained possession and served out to wrap up the three-point decision in Game 1.
The Lady Defenders trailed 17-12 in Game 2, but Teah Elliott reeled off seven consecutive service points to give the hosts a 20-17 lead. Grace answered with 6-2 run to knot things up at 23-all, Katie Westfall served OVCS out to the minimal two-point decision for a 2-0 match lead.
Ohio Valley Christian found itself in an early 11-8 hole that was eventually reduced to 18-17, but the hosts countered with an 8-1 run to wrap up the six-point win in Game 3 — securing the straight-game triumph.
Cassandra Hutchison led the OVCS service attack with 15 points, followed by Teah Elliott with 12 points. Emily Carman and Katie Westfall each added six points to the winning cause, while Rachel Sargent and Bekah Sargent respectively chipped in three and two points.
Carman led the hosts net attack with eight kills, followed by Bekah Sargent with six kills and a team-best three blocks. Rachel Sargent added three kills, while Hutchison and Westfall contributed two kills apiece.
Jenny Skaggs led Grace with 10 service points, followed by Sarah Wilson and Marissa Thompson with six points each.