Lady Raiders roll past Belpre

BELPRE, Ohio — Back-to-back.

The River Valley volleyball team picked up its second straight victory, on Thursday night in Washington County, as the Lady Raiders defeated non-conference host Belpre by a 3-1 count.

River Valley (2-1) led wire-to-wire in the opening game, taking a 25-15 victory to move ahead 1-0 in the match. Belpre (0-2) jumped out to a seven-point lead in the second game, but RVHS battled back and, after tying the game four times, finally took a 20-19 lead. The Lady Raiders never trailed from that point, winning the second by a 25-20 count.

After two early lead changes in the third game, the Lady Golden Eagles charged out to a double-digit lead. River Valley fought back to within six points, but ultimately fell 25-18.

The Lady Raiders trailed 3-2 in the fourth game, but scored 20 of the next 23 points. River Valley won the fourth game by a 25-13 final, capping off the 3-1 victory.

The RVHS service attack was led by Kelsey Brown with 19 points, 12 of which came in the deciding fourth game. Isabella Mershon contributed 13 service points to the Lady Raider cause, Rachel Horner added seven, while Carly Gilmore and Jessica Roush each posted six points.

Catterina Gattinara marked four service points for the Silver and Black, Jaden Neal chipped in with two points, while Jordan Garrison had one point in the win.

Abbey Lafatch led Belpre with 13 points, followed by Madison French with eight. Katie Osborn had six points in the setback, while Sydney Spencer added five. Kaitlyn Richards and Makaylee Deaton both finished with two points for BHS, while Ryleigh Hannah rounded out the team total with one point.

River Valley continues non-league play on Monday, when Southern visits Bidwell.

By Alex Hawley