POINT PLEASANT, W. Va. — The Warren Lady Warriors made the trip down Route 7 and across the Ohio River on Tuesday night, and proceeded to timely sweep the Point Pleasant Lady Knights.
Warren, one of the top volleyball programs in all of Southeastern Ohio, won 25-17, 25-7 and 25-13 in West Virginia.
While the Lady Warriors did play well, the host Lady Knights never got going — leading only five times by only a point apiece in all three games.
Warren, meanwhile, enjoyed several stretches of consecutive points throughout all three sets, including a massive 10 in a row in the second game.
With the win, the Warriors raised their record to 13-4 — while the Lady Knights fell to 10-6.
In the opening game, Warren led 1-0 and 3-2, sandwiched amongst the Lady Knights’ lead of 2-1 — and three ties of 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3.
From there, though, the Warriors ran off seven straight points — staking as large as a 12-4 advantage before Point Pleasant stormed back with five of its own.
But Warren scored six more in a row to double up the Lady Knights 18-9, as Point Pleasant got no closer than 18-13 — following four more straight.
With the Warriors leading 22-17, they tacked on the final three points for the win in game one.
In the second bout, Point led 1-0, but the Warriors went off for 10 in a row — before getting four more to make it 14-2.
With a 20-7 advantage, the Blue and White scored the final five points — taking the set at 25-7.
In fact, the Lady Knights’ only points in the period came courtesy of two attack errors, a pair of service errors, a hitting error — and kills by Luiza De Costa and Michaela Cottrill.
In the third game, the Lady Knights netted leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 — only to witness Warren tie it up all three times.
Julia Hamrick, who amassed a match-high 16 kills for the Lady Warriors, jump-started a spree of nine consecutive counters — which put Warren ahead at 11-3.
A Gracie Cottrill kill and a Brenna Dotson ace got the Lady Knights to within 13-8, but another run of six points pushed Warren’s lead to 21-9 — before Point Pleasant put three points on the board following three Warrior errors.
However, two kills and a Hope Murdock ace doubled the lead again to 24-12, as one final kill by Emily Ontgko concluded the contest in favor of Warren.
In addition to her 16 kills, Hamrick had eight digs, as Warren’s Katelynn Knowlton led her squad’s defensive effort with 31 (digs).
Murdock mustered a “lucky” 13 in three statistical categories — kills, digs and service points — along with a match-high five aces.
Kate Liston landed 22 assists, as Victoria Lewis led in service points with 15 — to supplement 17 assists.
For the Lady Knights, noteworthy stats were few and far between.
Dotson and Peyton Jordan paced in service points with five apiece, while De Costa and Grace Cottrill collected three kills.
The Lady Knights return home tonight (Thursday, Oct. 6) to take on Teays Valley Christian and Lincoln County in a triangular tilt.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106