MASON, W.Va. — When Baylee Grueser got behind the serving line, the Lady Tornadoes got going on Monday night.
That’s because Grueser served up six aces as part of several service points, and spearheaded visiting Southern to a 25-11, 19-25, 25-15 and 25-9 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division volleyball victory over Wahama at Gary Clark Court.
Aside from the Tornadoes’ trip-up in game two, in which they let an 8-3 lead evaporate into a 25-19 loss, Southern scored almost at will against the White Falcons —collecting 33 kills and forcing Wahama into multiple hitting and attack errors.
With the win, the Tornadoes’ tally now stands at 4-8 — and an even 3-3 in the TVC Hocking.
The White Falcons, despite winning only their fourth division set all season, fell to 2-5 — and 1-5 in the league.
Baylee Wolfe paced the Tornadoes’ net attack with 15 kills, as the White Falcons finished with just 10 as an entire team.
While Wahama did record 13 aces, most of them were sporadic outside of the second set.
The White Falcons — on a pair of attack errors — did lead 2-0 in the opening game, but Southern scored 15 unanswered points, as Grueser was serving all throughout.
Wahama had stretches of two more and three more points twice to trim the deficits to 15-4, 19-7 and 20-10, but the Tornadoes notched five of the final six markers —including an ace by Marissa Brooker.
In the third game, Grueser served for the opening six points, as the White Falcons never got closer than 9-6 on a back-to-back kill and ace by Gracie VanMeter.
Southern’s Paige VanMeter mustered six of her eight kills in the third game, as a pair of Phoenix Cleland’s four kills around two from VanMeter opened up a 21-8 advantage.
Wahama did rally to within 21-15 on six straight points, including a kill and three aces by Madison VanMeter, but Grueser returned to the service line and notched the final three points, which included a pair of kills by Wolfe.
In the fourth game, Grueser opened with three straight service points, as the Tornadoes were never seriously challenged after scores of 3-1 and 6-2.
With the White Falcons trailing 20-4, Hannah Billups served for four consecutive points including a pair of aces to make it 20-9, but Southern ended the match on a service error, three straight kills by Jolisha Ervin, and finally an ace by Jane Roush.
Wolfe and Cleland also had a block apiece for the Tornadoes, which actually jumped out to an 8-3 advantage in game two —only to have Wahama rally with five straight service points by libero Harley Roush, which also included a pair of aces.
The White Falcons — despite ties of 8-8, 9-9, 16-16 and 17-17 — never trailed after taking the 9-8 advantage, and evened the match at 1-1 by scoring eight of the final 10 points, including the final two on back-to-back Billups aces.
Besides Billups’ quartet, Roush, Madison VanMeter and Gracie VanMeter all amounted three apiece apiece.
Billups and Madison VanMeter also led in kills with three, as Emma Gibbs chipped in with two — with one apiece by Gracie VanMeter and Alexis Mick.
The White Falcons were back in TVC Hocking action on Tuesday and Wednesday, when they traveled to South Gallia and hosted Miller.
Southern returned to the road, and returned to league competition, on Tuesday night at Trimble.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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