MASON, W. Va. — Credit the host White Falcons for putting up a good fight.
Credit the undefeated Defenders for finding another way to win — and even completing a sweep.
That’s because visiting Ohio Valley Christian School, capturing its 14th volleyball victory in as many matches this season, swept winless Wahama on Monday night by counts of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-21.
The Defenders, which also won over Wahama in the White Falcons’ season opener on Sept. 1, completed the non-league season sweep.
OVCS— playing a rare Monday match — made many attack, service and hitting errors in allowing the White Falcons to remain within striking distance in all three games.
In fact, Wahama had brief leads in the second and third games — and even a late 21-16 advantage in the opening set.
But in all three games, the Defenders finished strong for the win.
“They (Defenders) fought back and fought hard,” said OVCS coach Heather Priddy. “We made several mistakes, we missed five serves in a row in that third set and that’s not acceptable in my book. But they made up for it by coming back and playing well and getting their serves in and not missing any more serves late in the match. It’s hard to come in on a Monday and play, but they are still fighting and reaching for their goals.”
Perhaps one of them is an undefeated season, and OVCS was indeed challenged by Wahama.
In the opening game, the lead changed hands four times, as the Defenders’ 10-6 advantage quickly turned into a 21-16 deficit.
The set was tied at 2-2, 3-3, 10-10, 11-11, 13-13, 14-14, 21-21, 22-22 and finally 23-23.
However, OVCS scored nine of the final 11 points — and broke a 23-23 tie with a Katie Westfall kill and a Rachel Sargent ace.
In the second game, once OVCS erased a 4-2 deficit with five consecutive points, the Defenders maintained anywhere from a one-to-four point lead — until a Maddy VanMatre kill for Wahama made it 20-18.
But the Defenders finished off the game with another five straight points, capped off by a Sargent kill.
In a nip-and-tuck and tight third set, Wahama’s only lead was 4-3, while the game was tied at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 12-12, 19-19 and finally 20-20.
The Defenders’ largest lead in the third game was four three times — at 12-8, 16-12, 17-13 and finally 25-21.
OVCS scored the final three points on a Wahama attack error, and back-to-back Westfall aces.
The Defenders finished with 14 aces, including five by Westfall, four by Katie Bradley and three by Sargent.
Bradley collected nine of the team’s 21 kills, as Westfall finished with five and Sargent four.
Sargent secured five solo blocks while Cori Hutchison had three, while Bradley set for 42 assists and Emily Childers another 37.
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