Lady Raiders fall to Nelsonville-York

BIDWELL, Ohio — Another great start, another disappointing result.

For the second straight night the River Valley volleyball team jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the match before ultimately falling to its guest. On Tuesday night in Gallia County, the Lady Raiders won the opening game over Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division guest Nelsonville-York, but the Lady Buckeyes won the next three games and claimed the match.

River Valley (2-3, 0-1 TVC Ohio) took the opening game by a 25-19 count, on the strength of nine kills and three aces. The Lady Raiders posted nine kills and four aces in the second game, but fell by a narrow 26-24 count.

With just two kills in the third game and four in the fourth, RVHS fell by counts of 25-15 and 25-18, giving the Lady Buckeyes the 3-1 decision.

Isabella Mershon and Jessica Roush both marked nine service points and two aces to lead the Lady Raiders. Next was Kelsey Brown with seven points and two aces, followed by Caterina Gattinara and Carly Gilmore with six points apiece, including three aces by Gattinara. Rachel Horner rounded out the RVHS team total with four service points in the setback.

Gilmore led RVHS at the net with nine kills and nine blocks. Gattinara finished with eight kills and eight blocks, Madison Tabor added four kills and five blocks, while Horner and Brown each had one kill and one block.

Mershon had one kill for the Silver and Black, Rayanna Adkins and Kasey Birchfield each had one block, while Roush finished with a team-high seven assists. Horner led the Lady Raider defense with 31 digs.

The Lady Raiders will have another chance against NYHS on September 21, in Athens County. River Valley continues TVC Ohio play on Thursday, at Wellston.

By Alex Hawley

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.