GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — A high five.
The Ohio Valley Christian volleyball team picked up its fifth straight victory of the season Friday night following a 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 decision over visiting Calvary in a non-conference match in the Old French City.
The Lady Defenders (5-1) never trailed by more than two points at any point in the first two games and were never down by more than five points throughout the match as the hosts went on to claim a straight-game sweep in their 2017 home opener.
OVCS trailed 1-0, 3-2, 5-3 and 10-9 in Game 1, but the Blue and Gold responded with four consecutive points en route to a 13-10 edge. Calvary rallied to tie the game at 13, but the hosts reeled off five straight points for an 18-13 lead — then scored half of the final 14 points while securing a five-point win and a 1-0 match advantage.
The Lady Defenders led wire-to-wire in Game 2 after surging out to an 8-0 lead, but the guests responded with seven straight points before finding themselves down 11-9 midway in.
Ohio Valley Christian responded with seven straight points while doubling the lead to 18-9, and Calvary never came closer than 24-20 before OVCS scored the final point to secure a 2-0 match lead with another five-point decision.
Calvary led 3-0, 6-2 and 8-3 in the finale, but the Lady Defenders broke away from a 10-all tie by scoring six straight points and 15 of the final 21 points while wrapping up the nine-point win and the straight-game triumph.
Makala Sizemore led the Ohio Valley Christian service attack with 14 points, followed by Emily Childers with 13 points and a team-high six aces.
Cori Hutchison and Marcie Kessinger were next with nine points apiece, while Katie Westfall and Chasity Deckard respectively added two points and one point.
Hutchison also chipped in four service aces and Westfall added a pair of aces for the hosts.
Westfall led the OVCS net attack with 11 kills and a block, followed by Childers with seven kills and two blocks. Hutchison added four kills to the winning cause, while Deckard also had one kill.
The Lady Defenders host Cross Lanes Christian on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.