BIDWELL, Ohio — Now that’s how you defend home court.
The River Valley volleyball team claimed a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division victory Tuesday night, defeating visiting Meigs in four games.
The opening game went back-and-forth with nine ties in the game, but three straight service points from senior Kelsey Hudson gave the Lady Marauders (4-2, 1-2 TVC Ohio) the 25-23 win.
The Lady Raiders (4-3, 2-1) jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the second game, thanks in part to six straight points by Alex Truance, but Meigs rallied back and trimmed the lead to 12-10, with help from five consecutive points by Lindsay Patterson. The Sliver, Black and Pink closed the door with six straight points by senior Rachael Smith to end the game at 25-15.
The Maroon and Gold charged to a 10-4 lead in the third game but the Lady Raiders chipped away and claimed a 13-11 lead. RVHS outscored Meigs 12-to-7 over the remainder of the third game to take the 25-18 triumph.
The teams battled tightly in the opening part of the fourth game but six straight points by Chelsea Copley gave RVHS the 14-7 lead and the momentum. Meigs rallied back to tie the game at 19 and pushed to a 23-21 lead. Jacey Walter marked three consecutive points to give River Valley the 25-23 victory in the fourth game and the 3-1 match win.
Rachael Smith and Chelsea Copley led the Lady Raiders with 13 service points apiece, followed by Alex Truance with 10. Jacey Walter marked seven points, Angel Toler added five points, Courtney Smith chipped in with four, while Ashley Gilmore marked two points and Leia Moore added one. Truance had a team-high four aces, while Copley marked two.
The Lady Marauders service attack was led by sophomore Devyn Oliver with nine point, followed by Lindsay Patterson and Kelsey Hudson with eight points each. Brook Andrus finished with six service points, Amanda Cole added five, while Hannah Cremeans rounded out the MHS total with three. Oliver marked a team-best three aces, Andrus added two, while Cole, Hudson and Patterson each had one.
Moore and Rachael Smith led River Valley at the net with 10 kills apiece, followed by Truance with seven and Walter with four. Courtney Smith and Kaela Shaw each added a kill, while Moore marked two blocks and Rachael Smith added one. Copley had a team-high 12 assists, followed by Courtney Smith with nine, Truance with three and Rachael Smith with one. Courtney Smith had a game-high seven digs, Copley added six, while Truance, Toler and Rachael Smith each tallied three.
The MHS net attack was led by Cole with 12 kills and Andrus with 10, while Oliver added eight, Hudson marked three, Cremeans chipped in with two and Ariel Ellis marked one. Cole had a game-high four blocks, Andrus added two and Cremeans finished with one. Oliver finished with 14 assists, Patterson marked nine, Ellis had two, while Cole and Andrus both marked one each.
The Lady Raiders will face Meigs again on September 25, in Rocksprings. RVHS returns to action on Thursday at Nelsonville-York, while the Lady Marauders next game is on Thursday against visiting Wellston. RVHS has won two of its last three games, while the Maroon and Gold have dropped two straight.