CROSS LANES, W.Va. — The only thing better than one win to start the year, is two wins to start the year.
The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team earned a pair of victories in a season opening tri-match with Covenant Christian and host Cross Lanes Christian, on Tuesday night in Kanawha County.
In the first game between OVCS and CLCS, the Lady Defenders (2-0) fell behind early, as the hosts opened a 14-4 lead. A late rally brought Ohio Valley Christian within two points at 24-22, but the Blue and Gold couldn’t complete the comeback, falling by a 25-22 count.
The second game between the Lady Defenders and Lady Warriors featured 14 ties and six lead changes. Ohio Valley Christian had a lead of 22-16, but a 7-o CLCS run put the hosts back on top. Tied at 27, OVCS scored three of the next four points to take the second game by a 30-28 count.
In the third and deciding game between OVCS and CLCS, the Lady Warriors took an early lead. However, the Lady Defenders took the lead at 10-9 and quickly expanded it to four points. Cross Lanes Christian regained the advantage at 21-19, but the lead was short-lived as OVCS was back on top at 22-21. From that point, Ohio Valley Christian outscored CLCS 3-to-1 to cap off the 25-22 win and the 2-1 match win.
Against Cross Lanes Christian, Katie Bradley led the OVCS service attack with 13 points, followed by Cori Hutchison with 11. Katie Westfall had six service points, Emily Childers added five, Makala Sizemore chipped in with four, while Destiny Gray finished with one.
Grace McCallister led the Lady Warriors with 20 service points, while Haley Stepp marked five and Lauren McQuain chipped in with four.
The Lady Defenders never trailed in their first game against Covenant, leading by as many as nine, en route to the 25-22 victory.
After a pair of early lead changes in the second game between CCS and OVCS, the Lady Defenders took the lead for good at 12-11. The largest OVCS lead in the second game was five points, which also stood as the final margin of victory at 25-20.
Hutchison led Ohio Valley Christian against the Lady Eagles, scoring nine service points. Sizemore added seven service points, Childers chipped in with five, Gray posted four, while Bradley and Westfall each had three.
Covenant was led by Mackenzie Moir with nine points and Karliegh Collins with eight.
OVCS will clash with Covenant again on August 29, in Gallipolis.
The Lady Defenders will return to the court in their home opener on Friday, as Wood County Christian comes to town.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.