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Lady Hornets win OVC volleyball championship

The Coal Grove Lady Hornets are all smiles after beating River Valley in four sets on Tuesday to win the Ohio Valley Conference volleyball championship. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

COAL GROVE — The Coal Grove Lady Hornets set a goal to win the Ohio Valley Conference volleyball championship this season.

Mission accomplished.

With a four-set win on Tuesday, the Lady Hornets clinched their second-ever OVC volleyball championship.

“These girls worked hard and came out champions,” said Lady Hornets’ coach Trish Damron. “The Coal Grove student section was a huge factor in winning this game.”

The Lady Hornets knocked off River Valley 25-20, 23-25, 25-21 and 25-16 in a battle against the perennial league champions.

The last time Coal Grove won the OVC was 20 years ago when Damron was a senior on the team. Coal Grove is now 14-1 overall and 9-0 in the league. Their final league game is at Fairland on Thursday.

Seniors Gabbie Carpenter and Haley Johnson led the Lady Hornets to the win. Carpenter had 17 points, six kills and two blocks. Johnson racked up 20 points and 12 kills.

Bailey Harrison added 14 points and nine kills, Cami Hillier scored 19 points and had 47 for 71 in assisted sets, Cheyenne Bellomy finished with nine points, six kills and four blocks, and Ashley Adkins contributed 19 points, five kills and three aces.