GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Ohio Valley Christian won the first-ever battle in its brand new gymnasium. The war, however, eventually went the way of visiting Parkersburg Christian Academy.
The host Lady Defenders managed to pick up a emotional win in Game 1, but the Lady Knights countered with three consecutive victories while claiming a 21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-22 decision in the first-ever varsity sporting event at the new First Baptist Church Activities Center in the Old French City.
The Lady Defenders (0-2) fell behind 4-0 in the opening game, but stormed back with a 15-4 surge to take their largest lead of the night at 15-8. Parkersburg Christian (1-0) battled back to within a point at 22-21, but OVCS broke serve and scored out to pick up the historic four-point decision.
Ohio Valley Christian jumped out to a 3-0 edge in Game 2, but PCA fought back by forcing seven ties and eight lead changes in the contest. Tied at 22-all, the Lady Knights rallied with three straight points to knot the match up at one apiece.
The Lady Defenders broke away from a four-all tie in Game 3 with four straight points for its biggest lead at 8-4, but the guests countered with nine counsecutive scores to claim a 13-8 advantage. PCA gradually extended its cushion to as much as 23-12 before holding on for a seven-point victory.
There were seven ties and eight lead changes in the fourth game, with the last tie coming at 14-all. The Lady Knights reeled off three consecutive points for a 17-14 edge and never trailed the rest of the way en route to securing a 25-22 decision and a 3-1 match victory.
Emily Carman led the hosts with nine service aces, followed by Bryanne Hamilton with three aces and Sarah Schoonover with two aces.
Bekah Sargent led the net attack with seven kills, followed by Carman with five kills and Rachel Sargent with four kills. Bekah Sargent and Cassandra Hutchison also had a block each in the setback.
OVCS also lost its season opener Friday at Grace by a count of 20-25, 25-20, 18-25, 17-25.