BIDWELL, Ohio — The River Valley volleyball team had a tough start to its 2012 season Tuesday night following a 26-24, 18-25, 8-25, 19-25 setback to visiting Jackson in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Raiders (0-1) made the most of their opening game in front of the home crowd, battling through nine lead changes and eight ties alone before rallying back from a 20-15 deficit to claim 26-24 decision in Game 1.
The Ironladies (1-1), however, responded with three straight decisive game wins to wrap up their first match victory of the young campaign.
Noel Mershon led the Lady Raiders’ service attack with 11 points, followed by Kaci Bryant with six points and Tracy Roberts with five points. Rylie Hollingsworth added four points in the setback, while Rachael Smith and Leia Moore rounded things out with two points apiece.
Roberts led the RVHS net attack with 10 kills and nine blocks, followed by Smith with five kills. Moore added four kills and two blocks, while Bryant added three kills. Mershon led the passing game with 32 sets and Hollingsworth added another 13 sets for the hosts.
Lydia Poe led Jackson with a game-high 12 service points.