PARK HILLS – Valley held on through 13 separate ties in the decisive third set against Kingston to capture 11th place in the MAAA volleyball tournament on Tuesday night.
Madison Schrum and Mariah Buxton each provided crucial offense to push the Lady Vikings ahead for a 20-25, 25-21, 25-23 win in the fourth meeting this season between the county rivals.
Valley (8-16) fell to Kingston (7-18-1) in straight sets twice earlier in the regular season.
Buxton maintained an outstanding effort through each set to tally six kills, and Schrum matched with six kills while adding three blocks.
Despite the constant tightness of the third set, Valley regained the upper hand out of nearly every tied score.
The Lady Vikings squared the score for the last time at 21-21 before Buxton recorded two kills down the stretch for the win, including a spike on match point that deflected off the net before falling untouched to the opposing side.
Kingston began the first set on a 5-0 run that was aided by an ace from Gracie Boyer, who tallied five kills. However, Buxton answered with two aces to bring Valley back even at 5-5.
Jessica Yates, who led all players with eight kills, attacked effectively to keep the Lady Cougars slightly ahead early.
Madi Lucas notched 12 digs and Emma Beers had 11 to help Valley stay within striking distance.
Kingston benefited from multiple Valley errors to secure its lone set, but suffered in the second either by allowing its own passes to fall on its side or by hitting into the net.
The score was close early in the second set, as the Lady Cougars tied it at 8-8 and later took the lead on improved hitting from Yates.
Lily Greer posted two blocks for Kingston to keep a brief edge until Valley moved ahead at 20-19.
The Lady Cougars battle to force the second Valley timeout at 21-20, but the Lady Vikings secured the set when Rain Hongsermeier-Baxter went over the net attempting a block.