BIDWELL, Ohio — Close but not enough.
The River Valley volleyball team dropped its first game of the 2013 season Monday night in five sets to visiting Federal Hocking.
The Lady Lancers (1-0) took the first set by a count of 25-22, before dropping the second set 25-20 and the third set 25-23. FHHS rallied from behind to take the fourth set 25-23 and knot the match at 2-2. Federal Hocking scored nine consecutive points to start the fifth set, which led to a 15-7 set victory and the match triumph.
RVHS (0-1) junior Kaela Shaw led the way with 12 service points for the home squad, followed by Courtney Smith with 11. Leia Moore marked eight points, Chelsea Copley added six, while Rachael Smith and Kaci Bryant rounded out the River Valley scoring with five points each.
Moore paced the net attack for the Lady Raiders with 11 kills, followed by Bryant with five and Rachael Smith with four. Shaw marked two kills, while Copley, Jacey Walter and Brea Stout each had one kill. Rachael Smith led the net defense with three blocks, followed by Moore with two and Copley with one. Shaw finished with a team-high 11 digs, while Copley and Courtney Smith finished with the majority of the Lady Raiders 25 assists.
Megan Thompson led the victors with 15 points, followed by Mckenzie Steele with 11, Ashton Cale with five and Carlee Cobb with four. Andrea Russell finished with three points, while Makayla Williams and Whitney Gillian each had two, rounding out the Lady Lancers total.
Steele and Russell each had nine kills to pace Federal Hocking, while Cale led the way with 17 assists and Steele had a team high 12 digs.
River Valley has just one more game against Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division competition this season. That game is October 3rd, when the Lady Raiders host Southern.