GLOUSTER, Ohio — About as close as it can be.
It took five games to decide a winner Wednesday night, but the host Trimble volleyball team pulled out a narrow victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Southern.
The Lady Tornadoes (1-1, 1-1 TVC Hocking) earned a 25-22 victory in the opening game but Trimble won the next two games, 25-23 and 25-21. Southern evened the match with a 25-21 victory but the Lady Tomcats scored a 15-11 victory in the fifth game to take the match.
Ali Deem led Southern with 13 service points followed by Cierra Turley with 12 and Jansen Wolfe with 10. Brynn Harris added eight points, while Marlee Maynard and Cameryn Harmon marked six points apiece in the setback.
Wolfe led the Purple and Gold at the net with 10 kills and 17 blocks, followed by Madison Maynard with five kills and six blocks. Turley marked four kills, Harris had three, while Hannah Hill had two kills and four blocks, Brooke Reynolds and Savannah Bailey each had a kill, and Haley Hill added four blocks. Harmon had a team-high 11 assists, followed by Marlee Maynard with 10, while Deem led the way with 25 digs.
Southern will have a chance for revenge on September 23 when the Lady Tomcats visit Racine. Southern returns to action on Monday when it hosts Miller.