ASHTON, W.Va. — The first win of the season always feels good.
The Hannan volleyball team gained its first win of the 2015 campaign after a 3-1 victory over Ohio Valley Christian on Tuesday in Mason County. The Lady Wildcats (1-2) started the match off strong, but the Lady Defenders (0-4) kept it close throughout.
The Blue and White jumped out in front early on in the first game, but the Lady Defenders came roaring back — thanks to the efforts of sophomore Katie Westfall and freshman Emily Childers — to take 22-18 lead.
Senior Anna Taylor served up five of the next six points for 23-all tie, then Shelbee Myers put the finishing touches on Hannan’s 25-23 Game 1 victory.
The Lady Wildcats came out of the gates on fire in Game 2. Seniors Cassie Meadows and Clarissa Crank lit up the court with a combined 12 points to give Hannan the quick 25-10 victory in the second game.
With the match on the line, OVC started fighting back. Westfall scored a quick two points to give the Lady Defenders an advantage. The Lady Wildcats clawed their way back to within one, but visitors wouldn’t be denied. With the help of Cori Hutchison’s seven points, OVC took Game 3 by a 25-15 margin.
The Lady Defenders started out Game 4 with a 4-0 advantage, but Hannan wasn’t finished. After a back and forth battle that saw nine lead changes, it was Taylor and Kassidee Bush’s combined 10 points that sealed the Lady Wildcats’ 25-22 victory in the finale.
Crank led Hannan’s efforts with 13 service points, followed by Taylor with 10 points. Meadows had seven service points, while Bush had six points. Lanie Craig’s five points and McKayla Hoffman’s three points also contributed to the Lady Wildcats’ scoring.
“Last year, this team dominated us and this year we stepped up and played well,” Hannan coach Laura Craig said. “I’m really proud of the girls tonight in getting this victory.”
OVC was led in scoring by Hutchison with 14 service points, followed by Westfall’s 10 points. Childers finished the match with eight points, while newcomer Katie Bradley’s three points and Ann Bowman’s one point also contributed to the Lady Defenders.
“We came up a little short. We stole one game from them and the other matches were really close,” OVC coach Suzanne Johnson said. “I’m extremely pleased with the way the girls keep developing. Every single game they get better.”
The Lady Defenders also took a loss against Wahama 3-1 on Monday at OVC.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106