River Valley edges Lady Rockets in five

Alex Hawley

August 23, 2013

WELLSTON, Ohio — In the win column.

The River Valley volleyball team earned its first victory of the season Thursday night with a 3-2 decision over host Wellston in a non-conference matchup.

The Lady Raiders (1-2) took the first set 25-17, before dropping the second set 26-24 and the third set 25-18 to the Lady Rockets (0-2). River Valley bounced back to take the fourth set by a convincing 25-12 margin. RVHS held off WHS to take the 15-12 win in the fifth set and the first match victory of the 2013 season.

Junior Leia Moore led the victors with 16 points, followed by Rachael Smith with nine. Courtney Smith and Kaci Bryant each contributed eight points, while Chelsea Copley and Jacey Walter both marked five. Rounding out the RVHS scoring was Brea Stout and Jessica Saunders with one point apiece.

Moore finished with 11 kills to pace RVHS, followed by Rachael Smith and Courtney Smith each had seven. Copley, Bryant and Walter each had four kills, while Saunders finished with one. Copley and Courtney Smith split the majority of the 35 River Valley assists, while Courtney Smith finished with 11 digs to lead the team. Moore had a team-high two blocks, while Walter and Rachael Smith each had one block.

This is the lone meeting between these teams this season.