Wellston edges Lady Raiders

WELLSTON, Ohio — Anything can happen when you get to a fifth game.

With the teams tied at two games apiece, the Wellston volleyball team claimed a four-point victory over Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division guest River Valley in the deciding fifth game, on Thursday night in Jackson County.

The Lady Raiders (2-4, 0-2 TVC Ohio) — who’ve now dropped three straight decisions — won the opening game of the night by a 25-20 count. However, the Lady Rockets claimed the next two games by counts of 25-17 and 25-13.

With its back against the wall, River Valley won the fourth game by a 25-18 count, forcing a fifth and final game. In the finale, the hosts pulled out a 15-11 win, sealing the 3-2 match win.

The RVHS service attack was led by Jessica Roush, who posted 15 points and one ace. Isabella Mershon finished with 14 points and three aces in the setback, Carly Gilmore added five points, while Caterina Gattinara marked four points and one ace.

Kelsey Brown and Rachel Horner posted three points and an ace apiece for the Lady Raiders, Jordan Garrison added two points and one ace, while Cierra Roberts marked one service point.

Gilmore had a team-best seven kills for the Silver and Black. Brown was next with six kills, followed by Horner with four. Gattinara and Madison Tabor both finished with two kills, while Roberts and Rayanna Adkins had one kill apiece. Gilmore and Gattinara both contributed two blocks to the Lady Raider cause, while Tabor marked one block.

Roush and Mershon tied for a team-high with seven assists apiece, while Roush and Gilmore each had five digs to lead the RVHS defense.

The Lady Raiders will have their shot at revenge on September 26, when the Lady Rockets travel to Gallia County.

After a clash with Gallia Academy on Saturday, River Valley returns to action on Tuesday, when the Jackson Ironladies visit Bidwell.

By Alex Hawley

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