Ace Nation: Buckeyes hold on for a clean Raider sweep

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) —The Nelsonville-York Buckeyes hosted the River Valley Raiders in a TVC-Ohio matchup on Tuesday evening. The Buckeyes were confident coming into the matchup having won seven in a row including a sweep over undefeated Southern. After a back and forth affair, the Buckeyes came out on top to complete the sweep.  

Nelsonville-York came out slow to start the match but found their groove by the middle of the first set. The Buckeyes came out firing, scoring 16 straight points to extend the lead to 21-3. The Buckeyes took this set 25-8 thanks to Junior Gianna Dixon in the front row with four kills. 

Nelsonville-York high school volleyball versus River Valley
Nelsonville-York Buckeyes celebrate a kill versus the River Valley Raiders

After dropping the first set, the Raiders started to make things interesting. River Valley would go back and forth with Nelsonville-York, but the Buckeyes still held a 10-8 lead midway through the second set. However, the Raiders began to chip away slowly, leaving Nelsonville-York in the most vulnerable position of the night.  

“When you are winning big it is hard to create energy,” said coach Wayne Dicken after the game.  

Although it is difficult to do, the Buckeyes pulled it off. Nelsonville-York pushed through and won the set 25-19. Nine total kills from the Buckeyes made it hard for the Raiders to come back, leaving them down 2-0. 

In the third set, the Buckeyes created more energy and came out read hot, creating a huge lead of 7-0. Senior Chloe Lehman would give Nelsonville-York their first two points of the set with two crushing kills. Nelsonville-York cruised to a 25-9 victory and a 3-0 sweep against River Valley. The Buckeyes are now 4-0 in conference play and 10-1 overall. 

Nelsonville-York currently sits atop of the TVC-Ohio, but their next three games will be challenging. On Saturday, the Buckeyes play Alexander who are currently second in the conference. Next week Nelsonville-York will also see the Athens Bulldogs and the Vinton County Vikings.