Lady Defenders win matches

By Bryan Walters -

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — A good weekend for the Lady Defenders.

The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team moved to .500 on the season while claiming a 3-1 Senior Night victory over Covenant on Friday, then the Lady Defenders trailed only once in their OCSAA regional semifinal against Genoa Christian Academy on Saturday en route to a 3-0 triumph.

OVCS (8-8) sent seniors Cori Hutchison and Katie Westfall out in style on Friday, although the emotions got the best of them in Game 1.

The Blue and White led 23-20, but CCA rallied to take a 24-23 lead and never trailed again while scoring seven of the final nine points. The hosts went on win the next three games in a somewhat comfortable fashion while completing the 25-27, 25-14, 25-7, 25-21 victory.

Emily Childers — who single-handily served OVCS out to a 15-0 lead in Game 3 — led the Lady Defenders with 24 service points and 13 aces.

Westfall was next with 10 points, while Hutchison and Marcie Kessinger each contributed eight points apiece. Westfall and Hutchison also had three aces apiece for the victors.

Laura Young was next with six service points, while Makala Sizemore added four points for OVCS.

Westfall led the net attack with 12 kills and four blocks, followed by Hutchison with seven kills and Childers with five kills. Sizemore also chipped in four kills against Covenant.

The Lady Defenders also made a triumphant return to the postseason on Saturday following a 25-8, 27-25, 25-10 victory over Genoa Christian Academy in a regional semifinal in the Old French City.

Ohio Valley Christian never trailed at any point in the first or final games, but the hosts had to overcome a 24-23 deficit in Game 2. The Lady Defenders won four of the final five points to complete the minimal two-point win for a 2-0 match edge.

Westfall led the service attack with 16 points and five aces, followed by Childers with 11 points and five aces. Hutchison also contributed nine points and three aces to the winning cause.

Kessinger was next with seven service points, while Sizemore and Young respectively added four and three points.

Westfall led the net attack with eight kills and two blocks, while Hutchison added five kills and four blocks. Childers also had four kills for the hosts.

OVCS is slated to return to action Thursday in the OCSAA Southeast Region final against the winner of the New Hope Christian/Cristo Rey Columbus semifinal.

By Bryan Walters

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.