McARTHUR – The Vinton County Lady Vikings captured their second-straight Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division title with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-21) win over the Nelsonville-York on Tuesday night.

Vinton County now holds a 15-4 record with the win, including an 11-1 mark in the TVC-Ohio Division.

The game was also marked as Senior Night, with the lone senior Tristan Kirby being honored before the game.

The Lady Vikings are now ready to begin play in the sectional tournament in Division II on Wednesday night when they host Meigs.

Vinton County head coach Ashley Ervin was pleased with her teams’ play and said they are where they want to be.

“The off-season this year was weird with COVID,” said Ervin. “We didn’t get started like we normally do. We didn’t go to a team camp, and our routine was just weird. We told our players they would have a target on their backs, and no matter what the situation, we have to be ready to play.”

Against the Lady Buckeyes, the Lady Vikings got off to a slow start as they dropped the first set.

Vinton County won the second set to even the match at 1-1, and in the third set, the Lady Vikings jumped out to a 7-2 lead en route to a 25-12 win. Sydney Smith had nine of her team-high 23 kills during the set. 

Coach Ervin said Smith’s contribution in the third set was significant toward the win.

“She’s going to dominate teams and put the ball where it needs to be,” said Ervin.

Lacey Ward finished with 13 kills for the match, while Zoey Kiefer had seven, and Cameron Zinn added six for Vinton County.

The Lady Vikings used their serve game as an offensive tool, as Taylor Houdasheldt had four aces, while four other players had two each.

Zinn finished with 32 assists and had 20 digs on defense for Vinton County.

Kerrigan Ward led the defense for the Lady Vikings with 20 digs while Lacy Ward chipped in with 15, and Mika McFadden had 11.

As the post-season nears, Coach Ervin said the team is taking it one game at a time.

“We can’t overlook anybody,” Ervin said. “Our next goal is winning a sectional title, and we would like to make a run in the district. We have to play our game, stay in charge, and really work on the little details of playing together.”

Note – The Lady Vikings were scheduled to play a non-league regular-season game against Jackson on Saturday at home, but the match has been canceled.

Vinton County 3, River Valley 0: The Vinton County Lady Vikings defeated the River Valley Lady Raiders 25-12, 25-10, and 25-12 in a TVC-Ohio Division match on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Lacy Ward led the Lady Vikings in kills with 15, while Sydney Smith added 10 to the team total.

Cameron Zinn dished out 26 assists for the match and had seven ace serves.

Vinton County libero Kerrigan Ward led the defense with 10 digs, and Taylor Houdasheldt had eight.