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September 19, 2018

9/14/2018 2:43:00 AM
VOLLEYBALL: Wellston tops Belpre 3-0
Wellston's Tressa Lambert had a match-high 15 kills in a non-conference volleyball match between the Lady Rockets and Belpre on Thursday night. (Photo By Todd Compston)

Wellston's Tressa Lambert had a match-high 15 kills in a non-conference volleyball match between the Lady Rockets and Belpre on Thursday night. (Photo By Todd Compston)

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WELLSTON - The Wellston Lady Rockets volleyball team recorded a 3-0 sweep and second consecutive win in a 25-21, 25-17, 25-16 victory over Belpre in non-conference action on Thursday night.

With the win, Wellston improved to 5-5 on the season.

Tressa Lambert scored a match-high 15 kills to lead the Lady Rockets, while Emily Kisor and Kelli Aubrey added three each.

Sydney Mullins had a match-high 16 digs while setter Naveah Ousley had 21 assists in the match to go along with three digs.

The Lady Rockets held the advantage in service aces, 10-2, led by Shai Brandau with four, while Sadie Henry and Mullins had three each.

"I thought we played really well tonight," said Wellston head coach Hilary Nichols. "Our back row stepped it up after the first set. They were slow getting started, but they started moving well off their blocks and tracking the ball, which is something we worked on in practice. Also, our front row stepped it up, and Tressa had another great game for us."

Overall, Coach Nichols felt her team starting to gel after switching their rotation at Meigs on Tuesday night.

"We stayed in the same rotation tonight, and I think this is the one," she said. "We are finally coming together, and I think we have figured out how to play with each other and be successful."

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The Lady Rockets fell behind to start the match but went up 16-10 after a 10-4 run. Belpre responded with an 8-2 run to tie the score at 18-18, but kills by Lambert and Henry, followed by three errors by the Lady Eagles, and a kill by Molly Smith ended the first set in Wellston's favor, 25-21.

With the second set tied 4-4, Wellston scored 10 unanswered points, which featured three kills by Lambert for a 14-9 lead. The Lady Rockets did not relinquish their advantage from there, cruising to a 25-17 victory.

In the third set, Wellston sprinted to an 11-9 lead, and then Belpre strung together four unanswered points to gain a 13-11 advantage before the Lady Rockets knotted it at 13-13. Wellston went on to secure 12 of the last 15 points to take the set and the match, 25-16.

Wellston returns to the court for a pair of TVC-Ohio Division matches next week. The Lady Rockets face Athens on Tuesday, before getting back on the road Thursday at Alexander.

Wellston 3, Meigs 2

POMEROY - The Wellston Lady Rockets volleyball squad recorded their first win in the TVC-Ohio Division with a 3-2 victory at Meigs on Tuesday night. The Lady Rockets won by set scores of 16-25, 26-24, 9-25, 25-20, 17-15.

With the win, Wellston is now 4-5 on the season, including 1-4 in TVC-Ohio play.

Tressa Lambert led Wellston with 18 kills, one block, and two digs. Kelli Aubrey had nine kills, while Emily Kisor added six and Tory Doles had six for the Lady Rockets.

Six Wellston players finished in double-digits in digs, led by Sydney Mullins with a match-high 32. Molly Smith followed with 19; Maddie Mullins had 18, while Kamryn Karr and Aubrey had 13 each. Shai Brandau also had 10 for the Lady Rockets. Karr earned a double-double with 13 assists.

In addition, Nevaeh Ousley notched a match-high in assists with 20.

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