CENTENARY, Ohio — Now that’s saving your best for last.
The Gallia Academy volleyball team defeated non-conference guest Meigs in three games Tuesday night, the most convincing of which was the 25-13 Blue Angels triumph in the third set.
A back and forth opening set was pushed in the Blue Angels (4-2) favor with a seven point run. Gallia Academy took the opening set 25-21 over Meigs (1-5), which led 18-15. Gallia Academy kept the momentum going from the opener and the Blue Angels took the second set 25-16. After the Lady Marauders opened the third set with a 5-to-1 run the Blue Angels bounced back to take the 16-13 lead. Nine consecutive points for Gallia Academy ended the set at 25-13 and ended the match with a 3-0 GAHS sweep.
Maggie Clagg led the victors with 11 service points, while Hannah Roach finished with 10, all of which came in the third set. Kassie Shriver and Maggie Westfall each marked six points, followed by Jenna Meadows with four. Haleigh Caldwell and Kathleen Allen each finished with three points, while Chelsy Slone rounded out the Blue Angels service attack with two points.
Aly Dettwiller led the Lady Marauders with six points, followed by Olivia Cremeans with four. The trio of Brook Andrus, Brooke Reynolds and Devyn Oliver each finished with three points, Kelsey Hudson added two, while Lindsay Patterson and Ariel Ellis each finished with one marker.
Westfall finished with a match-high 12 kills, while Micah Curfman had eight for GAHS. Clagg marked five kills, Caldwell had three, while Shriver and Sam Morrissey each had one. Shriver’s 20 assists led the Blue Angels, while Clagg led the way with four blocks. Slone marked two blocks in the match. Roach finished with a team-high four aces, followed by Meadows and Clagg with three each. Westfall marked two aces, while Caldwell and Shriver each had one ace.
Andrus posted six kills to lead Meigs, while Olivia Cremeans had five. Dettwiller, Oliver and Hannah Cremeans each had a pair of kills, while Ellis finished with one. Lindsay Patterson’s four assists led MHS, as did Andrus’ four digs. Andrus, Dettwiller, Ellis and Hannah Cremeans each had one block in the game. Dettwiller finished with four aces, followed by Olivia Cremeans with two and the trio of Ellis, Oliver and Patterson with one apiece.
The Lady Marauders have now dropped five consecutive contests.
This is the lone meeting between MHS and GAHS this season. Meigs is the only Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division opponent for the Blue Angels this season.