KINNIKINNICK, Ohio — All good things must come to an end.
The Gallia Academy volleyball team’s season and eight-match winning streak both came to an end Wednesday night when the Blue Angels lost to Zane Trace in straight games in the sectional semi-final game in Ross County.
The Blue Angels (15-6) trailed 9-4 in the opening game and were forced to take a timeout. Following the timeout GAHS rallied to pull within one point at 11-10. Zane Trace went on a a 7-to-1 run, which forced GAHS to burn another timeout. The Lady Pioneers didn’t falter however and took the opening game 25-16.
Gallia Academy earned its first and only advantage in the match at 10-9 in the second game, and ZTHS was forced to call a time out. The Lady Pioneers rallied back and tied the game up at 17-17. Zane Trace rattled off eight consecutive points, despite of two GAHS timeouts, to take the the second game 25-17.
The Lady Pioneers jumped out to a 15-to-8 lead in game three and never looked back, winning the game 25-16 and advancing to the sectional final to play Athens.
Chelsy Slone led the Blue Angels with seven service points, followed by Jenna Meadows and Maggie Westfall with three apiece. Haleigh Caldwell and Brooke Pasquale each had two points in the setback to round out the GAHS total. Slone had a team-high two aces, while Meadows and Caldwell each added one.
Libero Ally Flechtner led the Lady Pioneers with 13 service points, followed by Alyx Chaffin with 10 and Kylan Strausbaugh with seven. Jillian Pontius marked six points, while Hayley Carle had five to round out the ZTHS total.
At the net Westfall led the Blue Angels with nine kills, followed by Caldwell with six, Maggie Clagg with four and Kassie Shriver with three. Slone finished the match with two kills, while Pasquale and Micah Curfman each had one kill. Caldwell led the defense with two blocks, followed by Slone and Clagg with one each.
The Blue Angels regular season success hasn’t carried over into the postseason in recent years, as they have felled to win a tournament game in three most recent SEOAL championships. In fact the Blue Angels last sectional title came in 2004 and the last time they won a postseason game was 2010.
Gallia Academy will be saying a final farewell to seniors Maggie Westfall, Hannah Roach, Kassie Shriver, Maggie Clagg and Haleigh Caldwell.