Lady Raiders top Belpre in home opener

Bryan Walters

August 22, 2014

BIDWELL, Ohio — There’s no place like home.

After an up-and-down week on the road, the River Valley volleyball team opened its home schedule on a positive note Thursday night following a 25-18, 25-11, 25-20 victory over visiting Belpre in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.

The host Lady Raiders (2-1) — who opened the season with four-game victory over Eastern before being swept at Federal Hocking — never trailed by more than three points in the entire three-game match, which happed in the midway moments of the first game.

RVHS rallied back from a 14-11 deficit after Chelsea Copley reeled off four consecutive service points, allowing the hosts to turn a 17-16 deficit into a 20-17 lead. The Lady Raiders went on to win five of the next eight points for a Game 1 win and ultimately never looked back.

Jaime Wooldridge paced River Valley with a team-high 14 service points, followed by Copley with 10 points and Alex Truance with seven points and a team-best two aces.

Rachael Smith chipped in five service points, while Ashley Gilmore added four points and Leia Moore had two points. Courtney Smith also had a service point for the victors.

Rachael Smith led the net attack with six kills, while Moore contributed three kills and a block to the winning cause.

The Lady Raiders return to action Monday when they travel to Centenary for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference matchup at Gallia Academy.