OAK HILL – After being in COVID-19 quarantine for more than a week, it didn’t take long for the Vinton County volleyball team to shake off the rust Monday night.

The Lady Vikings made it look easy on the road against Oak Hill, taking down the Lady Oaks 3-0 in a non-conference volleyball match.

Sydney Smith, who tallied match-highs in kills with 11 and digs with eight, also had one block to lead the Lady Vikings, which improved to 4-0 on the season. Cameron Zinn and Zoey Kiefer had six kills each to help pace Vinton County’s offensive attack that hit .353 for the match.

Zinn also had a match-high 20 assists and seven ace serves for the Lady Vikings.

Vinton County took the first set, 25-10, getting key contributions from Smith with eight kills, while Zinn had four service aces to pace the offensive attack.

The Lady Vikings trailed 1-0 to begin the second set but finished on a 25-6 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Smith continued her dominating performance in the third set with three kills and three service aces to help close out the match for the Lady Vikings.

Vinton County hit .353 as a team with 33 kills on 68 swings and just nine errors. The Lady Vikings also had 22 aces, 29 digs and five blocks.

Smith (3 kills) and Zinn (3 aces) got the Lady Vikings started in the opening set for an 8-0 lead. From there, Smith led a 10-5 run with three kills to push Vinton County’s lead to 18-5. Oak Hill answered with a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 18-9. But Smith (2 kills), Taylor Houdasheldt (1 kill), and Teagan Bartoe (1 kill), along with two service aces by Zinn, and a hitting error by Oak Hill, allowed the Lady Vikings to capture the first set, 25-10.

After falling behind 1-0 to begin the second set, the Lady Vikings used a 6-0 run to take the lead for good. Vinton County got an efficient effort from Smith with two kills and a block, and Keifer, who finished with three kills to give the Lady Vikings a 2-0 lead in the match.

The third and final set was all Vinton County, which led wire-to-wire in the set. Leading 10-6, the Lady Vikings went on an 11-2 run to make it 21-8. Oak Hill closed within nine at 24-13 on a kill by Baylee Howell, but a kill by Kiefer ended the set and the match for the Lady Vikings, 25-13.

Oak Hill returned to Southern Ohio Conference Division II play at Portsmouth West on Tuesday. Results were not available at press time. The Lady Oaks will be back on the home court Thursday when they host Northwest.

Vinton County, which returned to Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division play on Tuesday at Meigs, will remain on the road to take on River Valley on Thursday. The Lady Vikings will conclude their week with a non-league showdown against South Webster at home on Saturday.,