A night of good team volleyball lifted Portsmouth to its first win of the season, a four-set 25-21, 13-25, 25-19, 25-10 victory over West.
Aija Johnson, with 26 points, three aces and two kills, and Ruthie Stanley with 21 points six aces and 12 assists led the Lady Trojans.
LaTaysha McGinnis added 10 points, nine kills and four blocks while Monica Hall served up 11 points to go with her four blocks and four kills.
"West is a good volleyball team," Portsmouth coach Dan Stanley said. "They hustle and were getting the ball back over the net. West's coach is doing a good job out there and their team is going to be good. It was a really tough match."
Hannah Foster had eight assists and served up as many points in the winning effort. Kacey Simpson, who had six digs, stood out with her performance.
"You don't hear a lot of people talk about liberos," Stanley said. "Statwise, she only had six digs, but she was diving all over the floor and gettting to balls you didn't think anybody could get to. She was making great passes for Ruthie and Hannah."
Portsmouth hosts Jackson tonight in its home opener.
Record — Portsmouth 1-2
Clay 1, Northwest 1
Jared Miller of Northwest and Clay's Jon Valentine scored the lone goals for their respective teams on Wednesday as the Panthers and Mohawks played to a tie.
Felipe Barroso had the assist on Clay's goal and the Panthers' keeper Josh Porter had 16 saves.
Perhaps the most important plays of the game came from Brad Hempill, who managed to make three saves himself while not even playing goalie.
"We didnt show up to play that's for sure," Clay coach Joe Conkel said. "We had two out because of injuries...We played hard they were just more prepared than we were."
Clay plays at Valley today.
Northwest 1 0 — 1
Clay 1 0 — 1
First Half — N, Jared Miller, 18:00; C, Jon Valentine (Barroso) 24:02
Record — Clay 2-2-1
Gallia Academy 164, Portsmouth 178,
Rock Hill 225
Portsmouth took second place in a tri-match at the Elks Country Club late last week. Gallia Academy took home the win led by Jordan Cornwell who shot a 38.
Portsmouth's Evan Somer fired a 40 while Mitch Gower posted a 46 to pace the Trojans.
The Trojans will be at the Elks again today when they take on Clay.
Medalist: Jordan Cornwell, Gallia Academy, 38
Gallia Academy — Cornwell 38, Hamilton 41, Saunders 42, Smith 43
Portsmouth — Somer 40, Gower 44, Minton 46, Rowland 48
Rock Hill — Yaniko 54, Cox 54, Schob 55, Kidd 57