South Point slips past Lady Raiders

Alex Hawley

August 29, 2013

BIDWELL, Ohio — Not so happy at home.

The River Valley volleyball team returned home Thursday night after a three-game road stand. The Lady Raiders dropped a 3-1 decision to Ohio Valley Conference guest South Point, making RVHS 0-2 at home this season.

The Lady Pointers (4-1, 2-0 OVC) jumped out to an early lead and took the first game by a narrow 25-23 margin. The Lady Raiders (2-3, 1-1) bounced back to take the second set 25-21 thanks in part to a six and a five point run. SPHS took the third game by a 27-25 count to go back ahead in the match. RVHS surged to a 10-1 lead in the fourth set but the Lady Pointers rallied back to take the 25-17 win and remain perfect in league play.

Rachael Smith led the service attack for River Valley with 17 points, followed by Chelsea Copley with nine. Jacey Walter marked six for RVHS, Brea Stout added five, while Courtney Smith and Kaela Shaw each finished with four. Jessica Sanders with two and Leia Moore with one rounded out the Sliver and Black scoring.

The net attack for River Valley was paced by Leia Moore with 13 kills and Rachael Smith with nine. Courtney Smith added five kills, Copley added three and Walter capped off the total with one. Moore also had all three of River Valley’s blocks. Courtney Smith and Chelsea Copley shared the majority of the 31 RVHS assists, while Shaw, Rachael Smith and Alex Truance each had a team-high four digs.

The Lady Pointers scoring was led by libero Tayler Dillow with 13 points, followed by Aundrea Bradburn and Halie Powell with eight. Hannah Carey contributed seven points, Tia Pettigrew added six, while Brooklyn Badgett and Charlee Duncan each finished with five service points. Haley Rawlins rounded out the SPHS scoring with three points in the triumph.

Bradburn led the Lady Pointers with 11 kills, followed by Olivia Abner with six and Tia Pettigrew with five. Powell marked four kills, Tyra Pettigrew added three, Lakin Adams finished with two and rounding out the South Point net attack was Carey with one kill.

Tia Pettigrew led the SPHS defense with six blocks, while Abner, Adams and Tyra Pettigrew each had one. Dillow finished with a game-high 23 digs and Carey finished with a team-high 13 assists.

The Lady Raiders will hope for a different result against South Point, when these teams meet again on September 17th in Lawrence County.