Southwestern needed all five sets but the Rebels came away with a win, 3-2 over Rising Sun in their Ohio River Valley Conference opener in Tuesday.

After dropping the first set 25-20, Southwestern roared back ti win the next two, 26-24 and 25-22. But the Shiners extended the match with a 25-21 game four win before the Rebels closed out the victory with a hard-fought 17-15 win in the finale.

“Tonight was not our best night. We were plagued by unforced errors all night,” Southwestern coach Chris Johnson said. “Rising Sun played well but we were able to get some key points when we needed them. It was a great conference win for us.”

Kylie Eccles had 21 kills on 44-for-52 hitting, two aces and 22 digs for the Rebels. Marissa Naylor had 13 kills on 44-for-52 hitting, one ace on 20-for-21 serving and 20 digs, Elle Ford and Autumn Harmon had nine kills each with Harmon also adding a block and two aces, and Ashleigh Ream was 45-for-45 passing with 46 digs.

Southwestern, now 8-6 overall an d and 1-0 in the ORVC, travels to Jac-Cen-Del on Thursday. The Rebels then compete in the Greenwood Invitational on Saturday.

Shawe loses at Borden

Shawe Memorial went down to the wire against Borden before falling in five sets in volleyball Tuesday on the road.

The Hilltoppers found themselves in a hole after dropping the first set 25-12 but rallied to win the next two by scores of 25-21 and 25-18. A close 27-25 loss in the fourth set was followed by a 15-10 loss in the tiebreaker.

“It was disappointing that we got off to such a bad start and then couldn’t close out the match,” Shawe coach Tim Torrance said. “However, this team continues to get better. It was a tough loss and a hard lesson learned.”

Grace McAllister was 17-of-23 serving with two aces, Abigail Hill was 13-of-17 serving with three aces, Taylor Barron and Emmaline Leatherman each had four kills, and Lina Leatherman had three kills.

Shawe, now 1-7 on the season, hosts Charlestown on Wednesday and hosts Lanesville on Tuesday.