OVCS nets first win

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — It took four games, but the Lady Defenders finally found their rhythm.

The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team picked up its first win of the 2017 campaign on Friday following an 18-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-18 victory over host Wood County Christian in a non-conference matchup in Wood County.

The visiting Lady Defenders (1-1) — fresh off a straight-game loss to Cross Lanes Christian in the season opener — stumbled in the first game as the Lady Wildcats jumped out to an 8-4 edge and never looked back en route to a seven-point victory.

OVCS, however, rallied back from a 12-6 Game 2 deficit by reeling off 11 of the next 16 points to tie the game at 17-all. The Blue and Gold followed by taking a 22-20 lead and scored three of the last four points in tying the match at one apiece.

The Lady Defenders never trailed in Game 3 and eventually cruised to a 10-point victory, which gave the guests a 2-1 match lead headed into the finale.

OVCS also never trailed in Game 4, but WCCS rallied back from a 7-2 deficit to close to within 17-16 before losing serve. The hosts reeled off eight of the final 10 points to wrap up the seven-point win and the 3-1 match triumph.

Emily Childers led the Lady Defenders with 13 service points, followed by Laura Young with 12 points and Katie Westfall with nine points.

Cori Hutchison and Marcie Kessinger were next with five service points apiece, while Makala Sizemore also had two points for the victors.

OVCS makes its home debut on Tuesday when it hosts Pike County Christian at 6 p.m.

By Bryan Walters


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