MASON, W.Va. — A tough night for the home team.
Wahama volleyball scored the opening point of Game 1, then never led again Monday night following a 25-15, 25-13, 25-12 setback to visiting Belpre in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division match at Gary Clark Court in Mason County.
The Lady Falcons (0-14, 0-11 TVC Hocking) opened the match with a point on Madison VanMeter’s initial service, but the Lady Golden Eagles (4-13, 4-7) rallied with four consecutive points.
The hosts countered with three straight points to knot things up at four, but BHS answered with eight consecutive points for a 12-4 edge. WHS was never closer as Belpre extended its lead to as many as 12 points (18-6) en route to a 10-point win and a 1-0 match advantage.
The Lady Golden Eagles stormed out to a sizable Game 2 cushion as Alexandria Williams converted 12 consecutive serves into points for a 12-0 edge. Wahama never came closer than 10 points (23-13) and the guests led by as many as 13 points (22-9) en route to the 12-point win and a 2-0 match lead.
Belpre led 6-0 early in Game 3, but Wahama rallied back with a 4-1 run to close to within 7-4. BHS reeled off 12 of the next 16 points for a double-digit lead at 19-9, then added six of the final nine points to wrap up the straight-game decision.
The Lady Golden Eagles also claimed a season sweep of the Red and White after posting a 25-15, 23-25, 25-17, 25-23 win at BHS back on September 12. The first contest resulted in Wahama’s only game win in league play this fall.
Wahama coach Matt VanMeter was hoping for more of a spirited effort from his troops, given that they did manage to pick up a win in the first contest with Belpre.
But, as he noted afterwards, there is still time to improve this year.
“We’ve got a bad habit of getting down when we are trailing, rather it be in a game or in a match. You know, we play a best of five in these matches so you can have a bad game or two and still win the match,” VanMeter said. “The sooner that we realize that we can still win after losing a game or two, maybe our energy level will improve.
“It is hard when you have so many young players and so many new players going through losses, and it’s not a forgiving league, but this comes down to basics and staying focused for the duration of a match. We are learning, but we also need to show what we have learned as we keep going forward. We cannot keep making the same mistakes.”
Lizzy Mullins led the WHS service attack with six points, followed by Maddy VanMatre with five points and Hannah Billups with four points. Madison VanMeter also had three service points in the setback.
Mullins led Wahama with three kills, with VanMatre adding two kills and a block. Makinley Bumgarner and Madison VanMeter also had a kill apiece.
Williams led the Belpre service attack with 19 points, followed by Katie Osburn with 14 points and Abby Lafatch with four points.
Lauryn Simmons, Sydney Spencer, Trinity King and Sydney Hall each had three points, with Daisy Cowdery and Katie Richards chipping in a point apiece.
Cowdery led the BHS net attack with five kills and Spencer also had two kills for the victors.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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