GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — A Senior Night to remember, just like all the others.
The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team remained unbeaten while wrapping up a perfect regular season home schedule on Monday night following a 25-3, 25-6, 25-15 victory over visiting Team Ignite in a non-conference match in the Old French City.
The Lady Defenders (19-0) honored seniors Katlyn Bradley and Rachel Sargent before the contest, then the hosts proceeded to assure a fitting send-off for their two upperclassmen by rolling to a straight-game triumph.
OVCS trailed 1-0 in opening game, but the hosts reeled off 16 of the next 17 points and never looked back while posting a 22-point decision for a 1-0 match advantage.
The Lady Defenders never trailed in Game 2 and broke away from a one-all tie by scoring 19 of the next 23 points for a 20-5 cushion, then scored the final five points for a 19-point win and a 2-0 match cushion.
Team Ignite — a sports program for home-schooled kids in the Teays Valley (W.Va.) area — managed to make things a little more competitive in Game 3, as the guests stormed out to early leads of 4-2 and 5-3.
OVCS, however, countered with four straight points to secure a 7-5 edge and never trailed again. The hosts went on to lead 23-13 before trading points the rest of the way — wrapping up the 3-0 match triumph.
The Lady Defenders also claimed a season sweep of Team Ignite after posting a 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 25-16 win in Teays Valley back on September 12.
Afterwards, OVCS coach Heather Priddy was pleased that her troops were able to give the two upperclassmen a Senior Night worth remembering.
“Both of the seniors are good girls. They are good players, they have good attitudes and they are good team leaders,” Priddy said. “It’s a joy to have them on the team and it is nice to send them out with a win in their final home game of the regular season.
Cori Hutchison led Ohio Valley Christian with 16 service points and six aces, followed by Sargent with 12 points and Emily Childers with 11 points. Sargent also had five aces in the victory.
Bradley was next with eight points, while Katie Westfall and Marcie Kessinger respectively added seven points and two points.
Bradley led the hosts with seven kills, followed by Sargent with six kills and Westfall with five kills. Childers was next with three kills, with Hutchison and Makala Sizemore also recording a kill apiece.
Hutchison also had both blocks for the Lady Defenders.
Natalie Parra led Team Ignite with four service points. Emma Tapley and Erica Rhodes also recorded a point each in the setback.
OVCS will have another home game this year as the Lady Defenders earned the top-seed in the OCSAA Southeast Regional tournament. The Lady Defenders will host an opening round game against a yet-to-be-determined opponent at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.