A-B netters sweep Ohio Valley

VIENNA – The Ohio Valley University volleyball team couldn’t continue its winning ways here Saturday afternoon inside the Snyder Activity Center as visiting Alderson-Broaddus posted a 25-11, 25-23 and 25-22 Great Midwest Athletic Conference victory.

Friday night, the Fighting Scots of head coach Paul Jacoby won a five-set match against Davis & Elkins.

However, the Battlers (11-9, 5-1 GMAC) proved to be too tough as a balanced hitting attack led by Jayla McCrary’s eight kills took advantage of an Ohio Valley squad which had 18 attack errors and eight service errors.

The Fighting Scots (9-15, 2-4 GMAC) never led in the opening set, but had things tied at one apiece early after an Alyx Henry kill. A-B, though, scored the next three points thanks to an Ashley MacDonald kill, a Caitlin Cain ace and a Victoria Morgan stuff at the net. By the time OVU’s Amanda Weatherwax registered one of her nine kills, the hosts trailed 11-4 and never got closer than 12-6 after an Imani Ward ace.

Despite 10 unforced errors in the second set by A-B, coach Jacoby’s squad couldn’t take advantage to make it a best-of-three match. OVU’s lone lead in set two came on the first point when Megan Morrison got the assist on Felicia Zartman’s downed spike. The hosts trailed just 22-21 after a Ward block and at 24-23 following a Cayla Palmer ace, but following a timeout by A-B head coach Carrie Bodkins, Palmer’s service error ended the set.

A-B darted out to a 10-6 cushion in set three behind the play of MacDonald, McCrary and setter Kayla Peterson, who had a match-high 30 assists. OVU fought back and scored six straight, in large part to the play of Ward and Henry, but the visitors took the lead for good at 13-12 on a Megan Christmann ace.

Jillian Brown had a match-high 16 digs for A-B, while Ohio Valley setter Jessica Simpson notched 29 assists and seven digs.

OVU returns to action with Pikeville University at 5 p.m. Friday in a triangular at Kentucky Christian University.