BIDWELL, Ohio — The last time, it took four games.
This time, the Federal Hocking Lancers needed only three.
The visiting Lancers, in completing the season sweep, swept host River Valley 25-13, 25-18 and 25-18 on Wednesday night in a non-league volleyball match.
With the loss, which was River Valley’s fourth in a row in only three games, the Lady Raiders fell to 2-11 — while Federal Hocking improved to 5-7.
A month ago, the Lancers topped the Lady Raiders in four games at McInturf Gymnasium in Stewart — in only River Valley’s second tilt of the entire season.
Wednesday was also the second contest in a row in which Valerie Tabor was serving as head coach for the Lady Raiders.
In game one, Federal Hocking never trailed, building several three-point leads before River Valley forged a 10-10 tie.
But the Lancers scored the next five points, and opened up a 20-13 advantage — after scoring another five consecutive points when the match stood close at 15-12.
Finally, five more consecutive points — including kills by Jaylen Rogers, Makayla Bowen and Paige Watkins — ended game one with the Lancers winning 25-13.
The Raiders then led 3-1 in the second set, but another five straight Lancer points put FHHS ahead and it never looked back.
Once again, the Lancers maintained leads of three-to-six points, eventually opening up a cushion of 20-12.
The two teams traded points throughout the remainder of the game, as Federal Hocking’s Hannah Dunfee made it 25-18 with another hard kill.
In the third game, River Valley again led at 2-0, but the Lancers scored four of the next five points to lead 4-3 — and never trailed again.
The Raiders tied the set for the third and final time at 6-6, and were within 10-9 after four straight by the Lancers, but Federal Hocking had nine of the next 11 points to build its largest lead of the game.
From there, and once again, the two teams traded points — as River Valley got no closer than four points three times at 19-15, 20-16 and 21-17.
The Maroon and Gold clinched the match on an RVHS net violation.
Carly Gilmore led the Lady Raiders with eight kills, as she and Emily Adkins accounted for a pair of blocks.
Angel Toler served up a pair of aces, while Jaden Neal had one ace and two kills.
The Lady Raiders returned home, and returned to Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division action, on Thursday night against Wellston.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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