BIDWELL, Ohio — The Lady Raiders are back in the win column.
The River Valley volleyball team ended its four-match losing skid and its four-match Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division losing skid Thursday night, defeating visiting Vinton County in straight games.
The first game, which featured 12 ties and seven lead changes, was close throughout and the Lady Raiders (4-10, 1-5) scored the final four points to take the 25-23 victory.
After five early lead changes in the second game, Vinton County and River Valley were tied at 11. The Lady Raiders took the 12-11 lead and never relinquished it, rolling to a 25-20 win.
River Valley led early in the third game, but the Lady Vikings battled back to take an 11-10 lead. RVHS took the advantage right back at 12-11 and never trailed again, holding on for a 25-22.
“This is a huge momentum swing for us,” River Valley head coach Denise Toler said. “We’ve really struggled with teamwork more than anything else. The skill level is there, but we fall off with certain things and at certain times, then they get frustrated with each other. I think this is the first time I have seen us work as a unit in the last two weeks.”
RVHS senior Courtney Smith led the Lady Raiders with 11 service points, followed by Ashley Gilmore with nine and Jessi Steele with eight. Alex Truance posted five points, libero Angel Toler added four, Jacey Walter and Brianna McGuire both chipped in with three, while Carly Gilmore rounded out the RVHS scoring with one point.
The Lady Raiders also defeated Vinton County on September 3, in McArthur by a 3-1 final. River Valley returns to action on Tuesday at Nelsonville-York.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.