GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Eventually, they just ran out of gas.
Visiting Cross Lanes Christian battled for a two hard-fought wins early on, then cruised to a straight-game decision over the Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team on Tuesday night during a 25-23, 25-21, 25-10 decision in a non-conference contest in the Old French City.
The host Lady Defenders (5-2) had their five-match winning streak come to an end, though it wasn’t for a lack of effort.
Neither OVCS nor the Lady Warriors led by more than eight points in either of the first two games, which ended up being decided by a grand total of six points. Both teams also traded leads numerous times in each of the first two contests.
After the Lady Defenders built their final lead of Game 1 at 13-12, CLCS rallied with seven straight points and scored 10 of the next 11 points while establishing 22-14 edge — the largest lead for either squad in the opening two sets.
The hosts responded with nine of the next 11 points to close to within 24-23, but Cross Lanes Christian broke serve and wrapped up the minimal two-point victory.
Ohio Valley Christian countered by breaking away from a five-all tie with an 11-4 surge in Game 2, allowing the hosts to take their largest lead of the night at 16-9.
Both squads traded five points apiece for a 21-14 contest, but the guests broke serve and then reeled off 10 consecutive service points to claim a four-point win and a 2-0 match lead.
CLCS never trailed in Game 3 and took a permanent lead by scoring 10 of 12 points following a three-all tie, giving the guests a 13-5 advantage. The Lady Warriors closed the match on a 12-5 charge to complete the three-game sweep.
Katie Westfall led the hosts with seven service points, followed by Cori Hutchison with six points. Makala Sizemore and Marcie Kessinger were next with four points apiece, while Emily Childers and Laura Young respectively chipped in three points and one point.
Westfall led OVCS with four service aces, while Childers contributed two aces and Hutchison added one ace.
Childers led the net attack with three kills and Westfall also had two kills. Hutchison chipped in a kill and accounted for the team’s only block.
The Lady Defenders return to action Friday when they host Teays Valley Christian at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.