Lady Defenders sweep Grace

By Bryan Walters -

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Going out on a good note.

The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team completed its 2016 regular season with a hard-fought 25-21, 25-23, 25-12 victory over host Grace Christian in a non-conference match in Cabell County.

The visiting Lady Defenders (20-1) stormed out to a 15-7 advantage in Game 1, but the Lady Lions countered by scoring 14 of the next 23 points to close to within 23-21. OVCS, however, broke serve and tacked on the final two points for a four-point win and a 1-0 match lead.

GCS jumped out to early leads of 6-2 and 14-10 before reeling off seven of nine points for a comfortable 21-12 edge in Game 2, but Katie Westfall served up 10 straight points that gave the guests a 22-21 lead. OVCS went on to score three of the final five points for a minimal two-point win and a 2-0 match advantage.

Grace led 2-0 and 6-3 early in Game 3, but the Lady Defenders went on a 22-6 surge the remainder of the way en route to a 13-point win and straight-game triumph.

Ohio Valley Christian also claimed a season sweep of GCS following a 25-12, 25-12, 25-12 victory in Gallipolis back on September 6. Thirteen of the 20 matches won by OVCS this fall came in straight games.

Westfall led the Lady Defender service attack with 26 points and 12 aces, followed by Katie Bradley with eight points. Marcie Kessinger and Emily Childers were next with six points apiece, while Rachel Sargent and Cori Hutchison respectively added three points and one point.

Childers and Sargent led the net attack with nine kills apiece, followed by Hutchison with four kills and Westfall with three kills. Bradley also had two kills, while Hutchison added the only two blocks for the victors.

Ohio Valley Christian begins OCSAA regional tournament play Friday night when the top-seeded Lady Defenders host fourth-seeded East Richland Christian at 6 p.m.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters