CENTENARY, Ohio — Another year, another league championship for the Blue Angels.
The Gallia Academy volleyball team claimed a 3-0 victory over Ohio Valley Conference guest Portsmouth, on Thursday night in Gallia County, sealing at least a share of the Blue Angels’ second straight OVC championship. This is the fifth league title in the past four seasons for GAHS, as the Blue Angels won the final three Southeastern Ohio Athletic League championships.
The Blue Angels (20-0, 12-0 OVC) — who have yet to drop a single game in OVC play this season — led wire-to-wire in the opening game, claiming the 25-18 victory.
After three lead changes early on in the second game, the teams were tied for the seventh time at 9-9. Gallia Academy claimed the next six points and rolled to the 25-18 win, moving ahead 2-0 in the match.
Gallia Academy never trailed in the third game, winning it by a 25-19 count to cap off the 3-0 win and the season sweep of PHS (12-5, 10-2), which can finish no worse than second in the league.
GAHS freshman Alex Barnes led the hosts with 10 service points, including four aces. Junior libero Brooke Pasquale posted eight points and two aces, while Jenna Meadows and Carly Shriver each had seven points, including four aces by Meadows. Ryleigh Caldwell finished with six points in the win, while Grace Martin contributed two points and one ace.
Martin led the net attack for GAHS, posting 12 kills and four blocks. Meadows finished with 10 kills and one block, Barnes added four kills and one block, while Shriver had two kills, two blocks and a match-best 30 assists. Aubrey Unroe finished with two kills and one block in the win, while Caldwell added two kills for the victors.
Pasquale led the Blue Angel defensive effort with 24 digs, followed by Martin with 18.
Aiden Fields led Portsmouth with 10 kills, while Savanna Spence had the team’s lone block. Allison Douthat had Portsmouth’s only ace, as well as a team-best 17 assists, while Baleigh Bradley marked a team-high 15 digs.
GAHS also sweep the Lady Trojans on September 8, in Portsmouth.
Gallia Academy returns to action on Tuesday, at Ironton. A victory over the Lady Fighting Tigers will give GAHS the outright OVC championship.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.