Over the last few years, the volleyball programs at Clay and Portsmouth, along with the girls tennis program at Wheelersburg, have always proven to be competitive.
And over the past week, that fact remained the case as Portsmouth took home a straight-set victory over West and defeated Chesapeake in a five-set thriller, while Clay split a pair of tough matches against Chillicothe Southeastern and Greenfield McClain.
Portsmouth def. West 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-14)
In their opening match of the regular season, the Trojans took care of West in strong fashion by defeating the Senators, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-14) to move to 1-0 on the year. Allison Douthat, Lyda Spencer, and Aiden Fields collected a combined total of 34 points in the match to move to 1-0 on the year.
Portsmouth def. Chesapeake 3-2 (25-14, 25-19, 23-25, 25-27, 15-13)
After sweeping their crosstown rivals at home, Portsmouth continued to maintain its own turf on Wednesday evening, where the youthful Trojans showed excellent poise by outlasting Chesapeake in a five-set thriller (25-14, 25-19, 23-25, 25-27, 15-13) on Wednesday evening. Fields continued to dominate by collecting a massive total of 23 kills on the evening, while Spencer (14 points) and Katie Fannin (18 points) also turned in standout efforts.
With the victories, the Portsmouth volleyball program improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Trojans will play Ironton on Tuesday evening.
Wednesday (8/23) — Chillicothe Southeastern Tri-Match
Clay 2, Greenfield McClain 0
On Wednesday evening, the Clay Lady Panthers started off the regular season portion of their volleyball schedule in fine fashion as Clay defeated Greenfield McClain, 2-0 (25-8, 25-13) to collect a Wednesday evening victory in Londonderry.
Taylor Lewis, Delanie Gilliland, and Jensen Warnock each put together strong efforts for the Lady Panthers as Lewis collected 10 kills and two aces, with Warnock adding seven spikes, four digs and four service receptions to the table. Gilliland added four kills, four aces, a solo block, and a team-high 12 points from serving to round out a strong effort from the trio. Lila Brown collected 19 assists in setting the Clay attack up.
Shaelyn Vassar’s eight points from serving, along with the backline player’s six digs, five service receptions, and two aces helped head a strong backline effort that also included Jaelyn Warnock, who added eight digs, seven service points, and a pair of aces in her own right.
Chillicothe Southeastern 2, Clay 0
Unfortunately, Clay couldn’t keep the momentum in the first match rolling as host Chillicothe Southeastern handed Clay a straight-set defeat on Wednesday.
Brown’s 11 assists and four digs helped set the table for Gilliland, Jensen Warnock, and Lewis, who combined for each of the 11 kills during the match. Lewis added a team-high three aces and three points from serving in addition to her three aces while Gilliland collected four points from serving and 10 service receptions in addition to her four kills. Warnock added eight digs to finish off a strong effort.
Vassar’s 10 service receptions and four digs, along with Jaelyn Warnock’s eight service receptions, five digs, and two aces, finished off a solid effort for Clay in its first pair of matches during the 2017 season.
Clay played Northwest at Northwest on Thursday.
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