Lady Defenders stay unbeaten, top CLCS

By Bryan Walters -

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — It took four games, but the Lady Defenders are still perfect.

The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team improved to 15-0 on the season Tuesday night following a 25-7, 19-25, 25-23, 25-16 victory over visiting Cross Lanes Christian in a non-conference matchup in the Old French City.

The Lady Defenders never trailed in Game 1 and never led in Game 2, which left the match tied at one headed into the pivotal third game.

There were nine ties and 10 lead changes in Game 3, but the hosts broke away from a 19-all score with four consecutive points and never looked back while claiming the minimal two-point decision.

The Lady Warriors stormed out to early leads of 4-0 and 6-1 in Game 4, but OVCS answered with 17 of the next 28 points to secure an 18-16 cushion before scoring the final seven points to wrap up the 3-1 match triumph.

Marcie Kessinger led the Lady Defenders with 20 service points, followed by Emily Childers and Katie Bradley with nine points apiece. Childers also had a team-high three aces.

Rachel Sargent was next with six points, while Katie Westfall and Cori Hutchison each contributed three points for the victors.

Westfall led the OVCS net attack with 13 kills, followed by Bradley with six kills and Childers with five kills. Sargent also had four kills and a team-high five blocks, with Westfall also chipping in three blocks.

Haley Stepp and Allie Thompson paced CLC with eight service points apiece, followed by Abi Jones with five points and Sara Stepp with three points. Rylee Witmer and Catherine Morris also had two points apiece in the setback.

The Lady Defenders will face the Gallia Academy junior varsity squad in an exhibition match on Thursday night.

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

By Bryan Walters