Lady Cats drop tri-match

ASHTON, W.Va. — Streaks continued.

The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team won its fourth straight match, while Hannan remained winless with a pair of setbacks to OVCS and Ironton Saint Joseph on Tuesday night in Mason County.

The host Lady Cats (0-3) and Lady Defenders (4-1) were originally the only teams scheduled to meet, but Ironton Saint Joseph had HHS on its schedule for the same night — so Hannan ended up playing a tri-match against both visiting squads. OVCS, however, did not play the Lady Flyers.

In the opening match, Hannan led early in the first game — but ISJHS rallied from a 2-1 deficit and never looked back en route to a 25-17, 25-13 victory.

The Lady Defenders trailed 1-0 in the opening game of the second match, then reeled off 50 of the next 67 points while cruising to a 25-9, 25-9 triumph.

The Lady Cats led 1-0 and 2-1 in the opening game against St. Joe, but the guests answered with six consecutive points to take a permanent lead at 7-2. The hosts rallied to tie things up at seven, but the Lady Flyers scored 18 of the final 28 points and led the rest of the way while claiming an eight-point victory.

HHS managed to tie things at six and at nine during Game 2, but ISJHS reeled off 10 consecutive points for a commanding 19-9 cushion. The guests also scored six of the final 10 points to wrap up the 12-point win while securing a 2-0 match victory.

Kassidee Bush led Hannan with seven service points, followed by Cassidy Duffer with three points. Josie McCoy, Jessica Dalton and McKenzie McQueen also had a point apiece in the setback.

The Lady Cats again jumped out to a 1-0 led in the opening game against OVCS, but the Blue and Gold answered with 10 of the next 11 points while building a 10-2 advantage.

Hannan closed to within six (10-4) and were again within seven (14-7), but Ohio Valley Christian responded with 11 of the final 13 points to wrap up the 16-point Game 1 decision.

Emily Childers served up 10 straight points for OVCS in the finale, and Hannan never came closer than nine points the rest of the way. Leading 12-2, Katie Westfall reeled off 10 service points while giving the guests a sizable 21-3 advantage after losing serve.

The Lady Defenders immediately broke serve and increased their lead to 24-3, but the hosts retained serve and scored six straight points before ultimately running out of luck in the 16-point setback.

Childers paced the guests with 16 service points, followed by Westfall with 15 points and Marcie Kessinger with four points. Laura Young and Lauryn Mansfield were next with two points apiece, while Cori Hutchison also added a single service point.

Westfall led OVCS with four kills, while Childers, Hutchison and Mikala Sizemore also had a kill each for the victors.

Bush led Hannan with six service points, followed by McCoy with two points and Duffer with one point. Bush, Duffer and Halie Johnson also had a kill apiece in the setback.

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Hannan senior Cassidy Duffer (13) bumps a ball in the air as teammate McKenzie McQueen (52) looks on during Tuesday night’s match against Ironton Saint Joseph in Ashton, W.Va. senior Cassidy Duffer (13) bumps a ball in the air as teammate McKenzie McQueen (52) looks on during Tuesday night’s match against Ironton Saint Joseph in Ashton, W.Va. Bryan Walters|OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.