CENTENARY, Ohio — The streak continues.
The Gallia Academy volleyball team won its fifth straight match Saturday afternoon, defeating non-conference guest River Valley in consecutive games, 25-16, 25-17, and 25-21.
The Blue Angels (5-0) jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the opening game and never looked back, claiming a 25-16 victory on the strength of eight service points by freshman Ashton Webb. Gallia Academy never trailed in the second game, allowing just five service points en route to a 25-17 victory.
The third game — which featured 13 ties and seven lead changes — went Gallia Academy’s way after the Blue Angels went on a 5-to-1 run, after tying the game at 20.
“We have a lot of powerful servers on this team, they’re very aggressive and we like to challenge the opposing team,” GAHS head coach Janice Rosier said. “I give River Valley some credit, they got up a lot and I wasn’t so sure they would, but they showed us they can pass the ball. We just count our blessings, and take it one day at a time.”
Jenna Meadows led the Blue Angels with 13 points, including seven aces, followed by Ashton Webb with 10 points and four aces. Grace Martin marked seven points and an ace, Carly Shriver marked six points and an ace, while Jordan Walker had three points, Allison McGhee marked two points and Hannah McCormick added one point.
“We woke up in the third set, so I was really happy about that,” RVHS head coach Denise Toler said. “I made a lineup change, we decided that we were going to be more effective hitting on the outside and it was much more effective. Today our breakdown was communication in the back row, so that’s something we will defiantly have to work on before we head to Athens on Tuesday.”
River Valley’s service attack was paced by Courtney Smith with seven points and an ace, followed by Ashley Gilmore with six points and an ace. Alex Truance marked four points, Jacey Walter added three, while Brianna McGuire and Emily Adkins each finished with one.
At the net, GAHS was paced by Walker with 16 kills and seven blocks. Webb posted 13 kills and four blocks, Meadows added eight kills, while Martin finished with five kills and two blocks. Ryleigh Caldwell finished with three kills and two blocks, Hanna Johnson added a kill and four blocks, while Katie Bradley contributed a kill and two blocks. Shriver led the Blue Angels with 20 assists, followed by McGhee with 12, while Meadows led the defense with 16 digs.
Walter led the Lady Raiders at the net with five kills and a block, followed by Truance with four kills. Jessi Steele posted a kill for the Silver and Black, while Smith came through with a block. Smith led River Valley with five assists.
This is the lone scheduled meeting between GAHS and RVHS this season. The Blue Angels have won their last 19 matches against River Valley, with the Lady Raiders last win in the series coming in the first meeting of the 2004 season.
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