POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — You can’t win them all, no matter how hard you try.
The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season to Ravenswood, then rebounded with a three-game victory over Point Pleasant in the night cap of a non-conference tri-match held Tuesday night at PPHS in Mason County.
The Red Devilettes (22-13) ended the Lady Defenders’ perfect season with a 25-22, 25-14 decision in the opening match, then defeated the Lady Knights in the middle contest by a 25-22, 25-21 margin. The Lady Defenders ended up winning the finale over PPHS by a 25-20, 18-25, 25-20 score.
OVCS (20-1) had won 19 straight matches entering its best-of-three opener against the Red Devilettes, but Ravenswood battled through five ties and six lead changes before securing a permanent Game 1 lead at 14-13.
RHS extended its lead out to 21-16, but the Lady Defenders answered with an 8-3 surge to close to within 24-22. Ravenswood broke serve and wrapped up the Game 1 decision with a three-point victory.
The Red Devilettes never trailed in Game 2 and led by as many as 13 points (23-10) before completing the 2-0 match triumph with an 11-point win.
Rachel Sargent led the OVCS service attack with five points, followed by Marcie Kessinger and Cori Hutchison with four points apiece. Katie Bradley and Emily Childers were next with three points each, while Katie Westfall closed things out with one point.
Bradley and Westfall both had five kills apiece in the setback, with Sargent and Childers each adding two kills. Sargent and Hutchison also had a block each against Ravenswood.
Katie Mellinger led RHS with 13 service points, followed by Lauren Hoff with seven points and Kendall Bowen with five points.
In the second match, Ravenswood never trailed and overcame five ties and six lead changes before pulling away from a 14-all contest with 11 of the final 19 points en route to a three-point win and a 1-0 match advantage.
There were five ties and six lead changes also in Game 2, with the Lady Knights taking their biggest lead at 13-7. RHS, however, rallied to knot things up at 15, then scored six of the next seven points for its largest lead at 21-16.
PPHS (12-8) closed back to within 23-21, but the Red Devilettes scored the final two points to complete the four-point outcome and the 2-0 match triumph.
Olivia Dotson led the Point Pleasant service attack with 12 points, followed by Gracie Cottrill with five points and Peyton Jordan with two points. Michaela Cottrill, Lanea Cochran and Mackenzie Freeman also had a point apiece in the setback.
Luiza Da Costa led the PPHS net attack with four kills and a block, followed by Brenna Dotson with three kills and a block. Gracie Cottrill also had two kills against Ravenswood.
Bayli Manns paced RHS with eight service points and Bowen chipped in seven points. Hoff ad Hannah Heatherington also contributed four points apiece to the victory.
OVCS never trailed in the opening game of the finale, although there were two ties at 10-all and 12-all. The Lady Defenders gradually extended their edge out to 19-15 and 24-19 before trading points in the five-point decision for a 1-0 match lead.
The Lady Knights overcame an early 10-5 deficit with an 11-6 run to knot things up at 16, then scored nine of the final 11 points en route to a seven-point win while tying the match at one apiece.
OVCS never trailed in Game 3 after establishing early advantages of 7-2 and 16-8, but the hosts rallied back to within four points on four separate occasions — the last of which came at 24-20. The Lady Defenders ended up breaking serve for the final point, allowing the guests to claim a 2-1 match decision.
Ohio Valley Christian also claimed a season sweep of PPHS after posting a 22-25, 25-20, 9-25, 25-20, 15-13 decision in Gallipolis back on September 19.
Childers led the OVCS service attack with 10 points, followed by Bradley with nine points and Westfall with seven points. Kessinger and Sargent were next with four points apiece, while Hutchison rounded out the winning effort with three points.
Westfall had a team-high nine kills, followed by Bradley and Sargent with six kills each. Childers also had four kills, while Sargent and Hutchison both contributed three blocks apiece in the win.
Michaela Cottrill led Point with 10 service points, followed by Gracie Cottrill with seven points and Jordan with six points. Cochran and Madison Hatfield were next with four points each, while Brenna Dotson and Olivia Dotson respectively chipped in three points and one point.
Da Costa led the Lady Knights’ net attack with six kills and Cochran added five kills. Both Cottrills also had three kills apiece in the finale.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.