Lady Defenders outlast Grace

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Just like a game of tic-tac-toe.

The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team made it three wins in a row on Friday night in Cabell County, defeating host Grace Christian in a five-game match.

The Lady Defenders (3-1) led early in the first game, but the hosts fought to tie at 14 — the fourth and final time the teams were tied in the opener. From that point, the Lady Soldiers scored 11 of the next 12 points and claimed the opening game by a 25-15 count.

After a pair of lead changes in the second game, Ohio Valley Christian jumped out to a nine-point lead at 22-13. The hosts cut their deficit to as low as five, but the Lady Defenders wound up winning the second by a 25-19 count while tying the match at one game apiece.

After trailing 4-3 in the third game, OVCS snapped out of its spell and opened up a double-digit lead at 17-7. The Lady Defenders finished the third with an 8-6 run, capping off the 25-13 win and moving ahead 2-1 in the match.

With their backs against the wall, the Lady Soldiers led wire-to-wire en route to a 25-15 win in the fourth game.

Both teams led in the deciding fifth game, with the teams fighting through five ties — the last of which came at 7-7. From that point, Ohio Valley Christian outscored Grace by an 8-3 count, sealing the 15-10 fifth game victory and the 3-2 match triumph.

Cori Hutchison led the Lady Defenders with 16 service points, including four aces. Emily Childers was next with 13 points and four aces, followed by Makala Sizemore with 10 points and four aces. Katie Westfall had seven points and four aces for the victors, Marcie Kessinger added six points and two aces, while Chasity Deckard contributed five service points to the OVCS cause.

At the net, Westfall led the Blue and Gold with 15 kills. Childers had 10 kills in the win, Hutchison added five kills, while Sizemore and Deckard rounded out the team total with four and two kills respectively. Childers marked a team-best 14 assists in the win, while Sizemore finished with 12.

Ohio Valley Christian will go for the season sweep of the Lady Soldiers on September 26, in the Old French City. The Lady Defenders are scheduled to be back on the court on Tuesday at Hannan.

By Alex Hawley

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