Lady Raiders swept by Jackson

BIDWELL, Ohio — So much for gracious guests.

The River Valley volleyball team suffered a non-conference setback on Tuesday night in Gallia County as visiting Jackson claimed victory in straight games over the host Lady Raiders.

The Ironladies (5-1) — winners of five straight — topped River Valley (2-6) by a 25-17 count in the opening game.

RVHS — which has now lost five consecutive matches — battled closely with the Red and White in the second game, but Jackson pulled out the 25-21 win to move ahead 2-0 in the match.

The third game was Jackson’s most dominant, as the guests claimed a 25-13 win to seal the sweep.

The Lady Raider service attack was led by Caterina Gattinara, who posted nine points, including one ace. Carly Gilmore was next with three points and one ace, while Rachel Horner and Kelsey Brown chipped in with two points apiece. Rounding out the team total, Isabella Mershon and Jessica Roush both recorded one service point.

Gilmore led the Silver and Black with team-highs of four kills, four blocks and five digs, while Roush had a team-best six assists. Horner finished with three kills in the setback, while Brown and Madison Tabor each had two kills, with Tabor adding a block. Gattinara and Jaden Neal each had one kill for RVHS, with Gattinara also picking up a block.

Abbey Munn led the Ironladies at the net with eight kills and five blocks. Gracie Walburn had a match-high nine assists for JHS, while Melinda Ruggles came up with 14 digs.

Jackson and River Valley are not scheduled to meet again this season. After a non-conference meeting with Federal Hocking on Wednesday, the Lady Raiders will get back to business in the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division on Thursday, when they visit Athens.

By Alex Hawley

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