GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Who says 13 is an unlucky number?
The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team remained unbeaten this season following a 25-9, 18-25, 26-24, 25-20 victory over visiting Teays Valley Christian on Friday night during a non-conference match in the Old French City.
The Lady Defenders (13-0) are still unblemished through a baker’s dozen worth of contests, but the hosts once again had to dig a little deeper to remain that way.
With the match tied at one game apiece, OVCS found itself in a pair of sizable holes at 9-3 and 19-12 during Game 3. The Blue and Gold, however, rallied for a dozen of the next 17 points — which tied the game at 24-all.
After being down 24-22 in that third game, the Lady Defenders countered with the final four points to secure a 2-1 match lead with the minimal two-point triumph.
With momentum clearly on its side from there, Ohio Valley Christian led wire-to-wire in the fourth and final game to wrap up the 3-1 match decision while remaining unbeaten.
The Lady Lions jumped out to an early 5-1 edge in Game 1, but the hosts answered with a 6-1 run to lead 7-6 and never looked back. Rachel Sargent had 13 consecutive service points while guiding OVCS to a 16-point win in the opener.
TVCS trailed 1-0 in Game 2, but reeled off eight straight points and led by as many as 11 points (20-9) before tying the match with a seven-point win.
Sargent led the Lady Defender service attack with 19 points, followed by Katie Westfall with 10 points and Marcie Kessinger with nine points. Westfall also chipped in a team-high six aces.
Cori Hutchison was next with eight points, while Katie Bradley and Emily Childers respectively added seven and three points for the victors.
Bradley led the net attack with 14 kills, followed by Sargent with eight kills and Childers with six kills. Sargent and Hutchison also added team-bests of six blocks each.
Caroline Moses paced TVCS with 14 service points, followed by Holli Bragg with nine points and Mckenzie Myers with six points. Holly Edwards was next with five points, while Emily Hatfield and Adora Campbell also chipped in four points each.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.