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Lady Hornets edge past Lady Panthers in five set match

CHESAPEAKE — Now that was a volleyball game.

The Coal Grove Lady Hornets and Chesapeake Lady Panthers went five sets to determine the outcome of their Ohio Valley Conference match Thursday including two sets going overtime.

Coal Grove won the match 29-27, 23-25, 18-25, 27-25 and 15-5.

“It was an absolute war. That’s the best volleyball I’ve seen all season,” said Chesapeake coach Dana Edwards.

Coal Grove got strong play from Haley Johnson, Cami Hillier and Allie Bently. Ashley Jenkins had 15 kills and 6 aces and Cassie Rucker 7 kills and 6 aces to pace Chesapeake.

“Ashley Jenkins really stepped it up, but Coal Grove did a great job especially in the fifth set. They controlled the game with their serves,” said Edwards.

In the reserve match, Coal Grove won 17-25, 25-17, 25-23 behind the play of Cheyenne Bellomy and Bailey Harrison.

Kenzi Moore and Caitlin Heffner pace the Lady Panthers.

Day of Champions

In the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League volleyball Day of Champions, the Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers (2-6) will host Chillicothe (3-6) on Saturday at the Ironton Middle School.

The game will determine fifth and sixth place in the league standings. Ironton beat Portsmouth in five sets on Thursday to earn the fifth place seeding.

In other DOC games, Marietta (7-2) plays at Gallipolis (8-0) for first place, Warren (7-2) goes to Jackson (6-3) for third place and Logan (1-8) travels to Portsmouth (1-8) for seventh place.

Coal Grove vs. Fairland

COAL GROVE — The Coal Grove Lady Hornets posted a tough five-set Ohio Valley Conference volleyball win over the Fairland Lady Dragons on Tuesday.

The Lady Hornets won the match 25-20, 16-25, 25-21, 20-25 and 17-15.

Allie Bently had 18 service points and Ashley Adkins 14 kills to lead Coal Grove.

Rock Hill at River Valley

CHESHIRE — The River Valley Lady Raiders topped the Rock Hill Redwomen Thursday in an Ohio Valley Conference volleyball game.

River Valley won 25-7, 25-3, 27-25 as Aubrie Rice had 18 service points.

Katie Johnson led Rock Hill with five points.

Rock Hill vs. Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE — It was just what Chesapeake coach Dana Edwards expected, it just wasn’t the outcome he wanted.

In a five-set match, the Rock Hill Redwomen beat the Lady Panthers in an Ohio Valley Conference volleyball game Tuesday, 18-25, 25-20, 25-15, 14-25 and 15-10.

“It was a war. I told the girls we were in for a tough game. Rock Hill never quits. Coach (Jennifer) Besco does a great job,” said Edwards.

Sarah Rice had 7 points including 3 aces to lead Chesapeake in the first set. Rock Hill’s Nicole Stamper came back with 7 points — 4 aces — to even the match in the second set.

Kate Johnson came up big for Rock Hill in the third set with 12 points including 8 aces with 5 coming in a row.

Courtney Heffner’s 4 aces and Ashley Jenkins 2 kills and 4 aces enabled Chesapeake to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth set.

But Rock Hill won the tiebreaker 15-10 to win the game.

In the reserve match, Chesapeake won 25-23 and 25-17. Beth McWhorter had 5 kills and 3 aces and Caitlin Heffner 3 aces to lead the Lady Panthers.