Lady Defenders fall at CLC

CROSS LANES, W.Va. — A tough start to a new season.

The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team opened its 2017 campaign with a disappointing 25-12, 25-12, 25-23 setback to host Cross Lanes Christian during a non-conference match Tuesday night in Kanawha County.

The visiting Lady Defenders (0-1) held leads in each of the three games played, but the Lady Warriors (1-0) rallied back in of those sets to secure a straight-game sweep.

OVCS stormed out to early leads of 1-0 and 3-2 in the opener, but the hosts rallied with six straight points and led by at least two the rest of the way before claiming a 13-point win.

The Lady Defenders again started well in Game 2 as the guests built leads of 4-0, 8-1 and 10-2, but CLCS countered by breaking serve before reeling off 17 consecutive service points for a commanding 20-10 advantage.

The Lady Warriors went on to score five of the next seven points for a 13-point win and a comfortable 2-0 match advantage.

Cross Lanes Christian jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the finale, but the guests answered by scoring 11 of the next 14 points for an 11-5 edge.

OVCS still led 19-15, but the hosts reeled off five straight points before losing serve — which tied the game at 20-all.

Tied again at 22, CLCS won three of the final four points to wrap up the narrow two-point win — and the 3-0 match sweep.

Katie Westfall paced OVCS with eight service points, followed by Emily Childers with seven points and Laura Young with three points.

Makala Sizemore was next with two points, while Cori Hutchison and Marcie Kessinger also had a service point apiece in the setback.

By Bryan Walters

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