STEWART, Ohio — The River Valley volleyball team dropped its third consecutive match Saturday afternoon, as non-conference host Federal Hocking completed the season sweep of the Lady Raiders.
The Lady Raiders (3-9) — who dropped a straight-game match to FHHS on August 31 — battled back from an early from an early 5-0 deficit in the opening game of Saturday’s tilt to take a 15-13 lead. The Lady Lancers rallied back to take a 22-21 lead and never relinquished it, claiming the game by a 25-22 count.
River Valley led 3-0 in the second game, but Federal Hocking took a lead at 4-3 and never looked back, cruising to a 25-17 victory. The Lady Lancers never trailed in the third game, taking the finale by a 25-19 count.
The Lady Raiders were led by senior Alex Truance with seven service points, followed by Emily Adkins and Courtney Smith with five each. Ashley Gilmore and Jacey Walter each had three points in the setback, while Jessi Steele finished with one. Truance and Walter each marked an ace for the Silver and Black.
At the net RVHS was led by Truance with eight kills and five blocks, followed by Walter with two kills and two blocks. Smith finished with one kill and two blocks, while Adkins and Steele both came up with one kill and one block. Smith posted a team-high five assists, while Angel Toler led the RVHS defense with three digs.
The Lady Raiders will return to action on Tuesday, when Wellston visits Bidwell for a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division showdown. River Valley will be looking for its second conference win of the season.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.