TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — You can’t win them all if you don’t win the first one.
The River Valley volleyball team took a four-set victory over non-conference host Eastern Monday night in the season opener in Meigs County.
The Lady Raiders (1-0) took a 25-16 victory in the opening set, but Eastern (1-0) rallied to take the second set 25-19. RVHS took the third set 25-19 and earned the match victory with a 25-19 edge in the fourth set.
River Valley’s service attack was led by Leia Moore with 12 points, followed by Chelsea Copley with nine. Rachael Smith and Ashley Gilmore each had eight points, Courtney Smith marked five, Jacey Walter added three, while Alex Truance and Angel Toler each marked two points. Moore and Walter had two aces each.
The Lady Eagles were paced by Katlyn Barber with 11 service points, followed by Sabra Bailey and Kylie Long with seven points each. Sidney Cook marked six points, Kelsey Johnson added one, while Elayna Bissell and Morgan Baer each had one point. Barber had four aces, Cook and Long each had two, while Johnson had one ace.
Rachael Smith led RVHS at the net with five kills and four blocks, followed by Moore with four kills and a block. Truance and Kaela Shaw added two kills apiece, while Walter and Copley each had one. Copley and Courtney Smith each had four assists, while Moore and Copley each marked a dig in the triumph.
Johnson led Eastern with nine kills, followed by Barber with eight and Makenzie Brooks with four. Cook had two kills, followed by Long, Sabra Bailey and Hannah Barringer with one each. Sabra Bailey had a team-best 16 assists, followed by Baer with nine. Barber had a game-best 21 digs.
This is Eastern’s first non-conference home loss since September 22, 2009 when Athens topped the Lady Eagles in four sets. RVHS and EHS are not scheduled to play again this season.