WHEELING - A pair of Ohio Valley Athletic Conference big school volleyball teams both in need of a victory met up Tuesday with Morgantown visiting Wheeling Park.
When the dust settled, it was the Mohigans who picked up a victory in a big way while the Patriots were left with not only a loss, but a little self doubt.
Junior Hannah Robison provided eight kills and five aces while freshman Rachel Gantzer added five aces as Morgantown rolled to a 25-22, 25-21, 25-10 victory in three games against Wheeling Park at the Palace on the Hill.
The victory comes on the heels of a 1-4 stretch for Coach Jason White's Mohigans, who had opened the season 4-1 and improved to 6-5 on the campaign.
Meanwhile, JT Greer's team dropped to 2-3, even though the Patriots had opportunities in the opening two contests.
Morgantown shot out to a quick 10-4 lead in the opener before Park rallied to knot the cout at 13-13, one of eight ties n the game. However, the Patriots were never able to get the lead and the Mohigans closed things out with four consecutive points at the end, including a pair of Hannah Clements kills.
Trailing 1-0, it was Wheeling Park which went on the early run in the second game, leading by as many as five points on two separate occasions before Morgantown came storming back.
The Mohigans next lead came at 16-15 and they were never behind again. Park was able to stay within three at 22-19, before a Jen Hatton kill put the visitors up two games.
With Robison serving, Morgantown raced to a quick 4-0 lead in the clincher, got another five on service from Gantzer a short time later to go up 11-2 and a four-point run from Clements later on that pushed the count to 19-6.
Gantzer recorded the final two points in serve with a Clements' spike finishing off the Patriots.
"Holding serve is a big thing, and something that we really preach here," White said. "I always tell the girls that if we can get at least two points from service we can either make up ground or extend a lead and that is huge. They have heard me harp on that a lot.
"This is a very good win for us. We are trying to build a program here and have a junior and a freshmen play so well (Tuesday) is great, especially with our reserve and freshman teams each winning also and then watching this.
"This is a good time to start building the steps and a foundation for this program. I am very proud of this effort, especially with the younger girls stepping up."
On the other side of the coin, Greer was left to wonder a little about his team.
"We are missing the aggressiveness and discipline on the floor that you have to have to win volleyball games," he said. "Coming into this game we had been having some problems passing the ball.
"(Tuesday) I felt like we did a nice job passing, but there were just too many unforced errors and not enough aggressiveness and discipline."
The Patriots return to action Thursday night when another big school rival, Parkersburg South travels up the hill.