MERCERVILLE, Ohio — They just kept getting better with time.
The Southern volleyball team started the 2015 league season on a solid note Thursday night during a 25-20, 25-15, 25-10 victory over host South Gallia in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Tornadoes (3-0, 1-0 TVC Hocking) battled through five ties and six lead changes in the opening game alone, but the guests reeled off the final six points en route to a five-point win in Game 1.
The Lady Rebels (1-1, 0-1) responded by jumping out to a 5-1 lead in Game 2, but SHS answered with seven of the next 10 points for a permanent lead at 9-8. The Lady Tornadoes extended that cushion out to 23-15 before capturing the final two points for a 2-0 match lead.
SGHS never led in Game 3 as the guests jumped out an 11-3 advantage. The Purple and Gold followed with a 14-7 run to end the straight-game triumph.
Hannah Hill led the Southern service attack with 12 points, followed by Marlee Maynard with nine points. Hayley Hill and Cameryn Harmon were next with eight points apiece, while Savannah Bailey and Madison Maynard respectively followed with five and four points.
Sierra Cleland and Ali Deem also chipped in three and two points, respectively, for the guests. No other SHS statistical information was available at press time.
Taylor Burnette led SGHS with six service points, followed by Kirstin Burnette with five points. Caitlyn VanScoy, Erin Evans and Jayla Wolford each had three points, while Rachal Colburn added two points.
Mariah Hineman led the Lady Rebel net attack with four kills, followed by Wolford and Courtney Haner with two kills each. Wolford also had a team-high four blocks, while Taylor Burnette came away with eight digs.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.