WELLSTON - The Vinton County Lady Vikings volleyball team captured a straight set 25-10, 25-13, 25-20 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division win over the Wellston Lady Rockets on Tuesday night.
The Tuesday evening match was noted as the Love for Lewis game (part of the Volley for a Cure) in honor of former Wellston Teacher Phil Lewis.
Before the match, Public Address Announcer Hester Cosby announced Lewis lost a battle to brain cancer. Many Wellston businesses donated prizes given away during the match.
With the victory, Vinton County improves to 12-6 (6-4 in the TVC-Ohio Division) while Wellston falls to 7-11 (2-9 in TVC-Ohio).
For Vinton County, Sydney Smith had nine kills while Lacy Ward had seven. Maylea Huff had six aces while Cameron Zinn had 22 assists and Josie Hembree had 15 digs. For Wellston, Sydney Mullins had 23 digs while Tressa Lambert had 15 kills to pace the team,
On the floor, the action tilted toward the Lady Vikings in the opening set. Lacy Ward made a kill, the first of five in the game, to place Vinton County ahead 1-0. The guest continued to play well as they took a 7-2 lead on an ace by Huff.
In the third set, Wellston got off to a 15-8 lead on a kill by Kamryn Karr. Wellston went on to build an 18-6 lead when Vinton County ran off 12 points to tie the score. Wellston was not finished yet as they pulled back ahead at 20-19 on a monster kill by Lambert. However, the Lady Vikings rallied to cap the win.
Vinton County head coach Ashley Graves thought the Lady Vikings come out ready to play.
"We came out and played well tonight especially in the first game," said Graves. "We let down a little in the third set but had a nice comeback."
Wellston returns to action Monday at Oak Hill, and on Tuesday at Miller. The Lady Rockets close out the regular season Thursday at home against Meigs, The Lady Vikings end the season by traveling to Southeastern on Monday, Meigs Tuesday and will host Nelsonville York on Thursday
Vinton County 3-0 over New Christian Academy
The Vinton County Lady Vikings defeated New Hope Christian Academy by scored of 25-17, 25-14, and 25-15 in a non-league contest recently.
Vinton County had 33 kills as Sydney Smith paced the Lady Vikings with 11 and Lacy Ward had 10. Serving was a key in the game as the Lady Vikings racked up 20 aces, as Ward had six, Josie Hembree had five, and Cameron Zinn had four, The winners also had 31 digs as Kerrigan Ward and Zinn had ten each. Zinn also has 26 of the 28 assists in the contest.