Lady Dragons slip past RVHS for OVC title

Alex Hawley

October 1, 2013

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — For just the second time since 2002 the River Valley volleyball team is not the Ohio Valley Conference Champion.

The Lady Raiders fell to Fairland Monday night in four sets in the 2013 league finale. The Lady Dragons (13-4, 9-1 OVC) took the openings set by a narrow 25-21 margin, while River Valley (9-8, 7-3) answered with a 25-22 win in the second set. It took extra time in set three but the Lady Dragons earned the 26-24 victory and then won the fourth set 25-23, sealing the match and the league title.

The Lady Raiders were led by Leia Moore with 25 points and Rachael Smith with 14. Kaci Bryant had 10 points, Courtney Smith marked three, while Alex Truance, Chelsea Copley and Jacey Walter each marked one point.

Moore had a game-high 19 kills, followed by Bryant with 10 and Rachael Smith with eight. Courtney Smith had three kills, while Truance and Walter each had one. The majority of the 42 assists went to Courtney Smith and Chelsea Copley.

Truance, Walter and Jessica Sanders each had two digs, while Copley and Courtney Smith each had one. Moore had six blocks in the match, while Rachael Smith marked two.

The Lady Dragons were led by Taylor Perry and Jenna Fulks with 15 points apiece, followed by Ellentin Shaw with 11. Perry had 27 digs, while Kelsey Riley marked 23. Kelsey Riley had a team-best 15 kills, followed by Mackenzie Riley with 12.

The Lady Dragons also defeated RVHS on September 10, in Bidwell.