BIDWELL, Ohio — It just wasn’t their night.
The River Valley volleyball team fell to Federal Hocking in three straight games at home on Monday night in Gallia County.
The Lady Raiders (1-3) kept it close with the visiting Lancers early in the first game before the Maroon and Gold started to slip away, leading by as many as eight points in the middle of Game 1. Federal Hocking took the first game 25-17.
The Silver and Black came back strong in the second game, leading the Lancers by as many as nine points at one point in the contest — including three service points by junior Angel Toler. Federal Hocking came roaring back from the deficit and won the second game 26-24.
River Valley came out the gates early in Game 3 with three straight points from senior Courtney Smith. The Lancers fired back to even things up at 4-4. The finale saw six ties and six lead changes before Federal Hocking took firm control of the game.
The Lady Raiders were behind by as much as 11, before trying to mount a comeback. The home team scored six consecutive points to get within five points, but the Lancers finished the job and won the third game 25-18.
Jacey Walter led the Lady Raiders with 10 service points, followed by Courtney Smith with six service points. Ashley Gilmore and Jessi Steele each had four points, while Angel Toler had three points. Alex Truance and Brianna McGuire both finished with 2 points apiece.
“We executed extremely well. We had windows of brilliance for the fourth game in a row and then just utter failure,” River Valley coach Denise Toler said. “Our defense seemed to be off kilter all night and that hurt us a little bit. Things that were definitely gimmes, like our passing game, was completely out of whack. During the second and third sets, we started passing a little bit better and communicating, but the girls just seem to get down a little bit and they seem to lose it.”
Toler added that the Lady Raiders are currently working on getting mentally better about being down in games and being able to bounce back.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106