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Lady Tigers, Panthers win volleyball openers

ASHLAND, Ky. — A lot of losses didn’t stop the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers for one win.

Ironton, which lost five seniors from last year’s district qualifier, opened the volleyball season with a win over the Rose Hill Royals, 25-18, 23-25, 26-24.

“It was a good win. We lost a lot of good seniors, so we’re learning how to fill our roles and play as one unit,” said Ironton coach Beth Campbell.

Jessica Seevers had 10 points — 8 aces — and 22 setting assists to lead Ironton. Kayla Wileman had 9 points and Michelle Pancake led with 7 kills.

Ironton statistics

Jessica Seevers: 10 points, 8 aces, 22 assists; Kayla Wileman: 9 points, 6 aces, 5 kills; Janie Morris: 6 points, 2 aces, 3 kills; C.J. Fletcher: 7 points, 2 aces, 3 kills; Michelle Pancake: 2 points, 7 kills; Jessica Weaver: 5 points, 3 aces, 3 kills.

Junior Varsity

Ironton won 19-21, 21-15, 21-14.

Cortney Rister: 9 points, 4 aces; Autum Markel 7 points, 5 aces, 12 assists; Nikki Elswick 6 points, 2 aces, 4 kills; Carie Rister: 6 points, 4 aces, 5 kills; Allison Freeman: 6 points, 4 aces; Baylee Williams: 3 points.

Lady Panthers win

CHESAPEAKE — It was a win, but it wasn’t easy.

The Chesapeake Lady Panthers got two aces by Sarah Cravens to edge the St. Joseph Female Flyers in the decisive fifth set to open the volleyball season Monday.

The Lady Panthers edged St. Joseph 25-18, 11-25, 22-25, 25-15, 15-13. Chesapeake trailed 7-0 in the final set before rallying to win.

“The kids played hard for both schools,” said Chesapeake coach Dana Edwards. “The girls came back and hit some really good balls and didn’t get flustered. Harris and Heffner did an excellent job.”

Rachel Harris had 29 points including 7 aces and Courtney Heffner 22 pints and 7 aces to pace Chesapeake.

Kacie Rucker led the Female Flyers with 24 points and Michelle Staton had 21 points.

Chesapeake visits Ohio Valley Christian Tuesday and goes to South Point Thursday to start Ohio Valley Conference play.