GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Different week, different result.
The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team defeated Hannan in consecutive games to get its first win of the season on Thursday evening in Gallia County. The Lady Defenders (1-7) took control early and didn’t let go, despite some resistance from the visiting Lady Wildcats (1-6).
The Blue and Gold got off to a fast start with points from senior Ann Bowman and sophomore Cori Hutchison. Hannan managed to get points off the serve from junior Madison Staggs midway through the set, but the home team didn’t let up. OVCS took Game 1 by a score of 25-14.
During the second game, both squads traded the lead early, until Bowman rattled off four straight service points to put the home team in the driver’s seat. The Lady Wildcats clawed their way back into contention thanks six consecutive points from McKayla Hoffman. The comeback, however, was not meant to be as the Lady Defenders finished Game 2 with a 25-21 win.
OVCS continued to pour on the pressure in the third game with consecutive points from Hutchison and Katie Westfall. Despite Anna Taylor and Clarissa Crank’s combined 10 points during the set, the Lady Wildcats were unable to keep up as the Lady Defenders took Game 3 by a 25-19 margin.
Hutchison led OVCS with 12 service points. Westfall and Bowman respectively had nine and eight points, while Emily Childers finished with four points.
“We’re ecstatic. We met all of our goals that we set out for the game today,” OVCS coach Suzanne Johnson said. “It was a fantastic job by all the ladies. We worked as a team and we accomplished everything we wanted to today like, most importantly, our first victory. It was a great win. I’m so excited for the girls.”
Hannan’s efforts were led Crank and Hoffman with seven points apiece. Staggs served up four points, followed by Taylor with 10 points
“It was a tough loss,” Hannan coach Lauren Hensley said. “The girls were tired after playing back-to-back games. We get a few days off then we’ll get back to it against Point Pleasant.”
Hannan defeated OVCS in five games during their other meeting on Sept. 8 at Hannan High School.
The Lady Defenders next match will take place against Cross Lanes on Monday at 6 p.m., while the Lady Wildcats will host the Lady Knights on Monday at 6 p.m.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106