CENTENARY, Ohio — What a way to start.
The Gallia Academy volleyball team opened its 2015 season the best way possible on Monday night, with a three-game win over Ohio Valley Conference guest Fairland.
The Blue Angels (1-0, 1-0 OVC) never trailed in the opening game, and surged to a 25-9 victory. Gallia Academy followed up the first game with a 25-9 win in the second game. The Lady Dragons managed just one service point in both of the first two games. The third game was tied at 10 before GAHS finished the evening with a 15-to-6 run, sealing the the victory.
“The whole team played well tonight,” GAHS second year head coach Janice Rosier said. “We haven’t yet had as much time together as I would like us to, so this was important to open the year the right way.
Not only was it the first game of a new season, but the first Ohio Valley Conference game for GAHS.
“This is the absolute best way to start,” Rosier said about the Blue Angels winning their OVC opener. “We’re excited, we’re happy that they let us in, and we look for good things.”
Freshman Ashton Webb led the Blue and White with 10 service points, including four aces. Sophomore Grace Martin had nine point, including four aces, Hannah McCormick added seven points, while Jordan Walker marked six points and two aces. Jenna Meadows had six points, including one ace, Carly Shriver added five points and two aces, while Allison McGhe finished with four points and one ace.
Nicole Wagner led the FHS service attack with four points, including one ace. Taylar Wilson, Karli Fulks, Emily Chapman and Kelsie Warnock each finished with one point for the Lady Dragons.
Walker led GAHS at the net with eight kills and four blocks, while Martin added seven kills and two blocks. Webb contributed seven kills, Meadows marked five, while Ryleigh Caldwell finished with four kills. Hanna Johnson posted a block and a kill for the Blue Angels, while McCormick finished with one kill. The Gallia Academy defense was charged by Meadows with 14 digs, followed by Martin and Abby Wood with 12 each.
Wilson led the Green and White attack with two kills and a block, while Champan’s nine digs paced the defense.
Fairland hasn’t defeated the Blue Angels on the volleyball court since 2002, and GAHS has now won 18 consecutive meetings. The Blue and White will look to make it 19 straight on September 19, when they visit Proctorville.
Gallia Academy, which faced South Point on Tuesday, will return to action on Sept. 1, when Chesapeake invades Centenary.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.