ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Momentum is a powerful, whether its for you or against you.
Coming off of a tournament win over the weekend, the Gallia Academy volleyball team kept rolling on Monday and claimed a non-conference victory in straight games over host Meigs, which has now lost back-to-back matches.
The Lady Marauders (6-7) led initially in the opening game, but the Blue Angels (13-0) took the lead at 4-3 and stretched it to as high as nine at 18-9. Meigs cut the GAHS advantage to four points at 19-15, but Gallia Academy scored six of the next seven points, winning Game 1 by a 25-16 final.
Meigs led 1-0 and 2-1 in the second game, but the Blue Angels took the lead at 3-2 and never relinquished it on their way to a 25-9 win.
Gallia Academy never trailed in the third game, leading by as many as 13 points en route to the sweep-sealing 25-12 win.
“Obviously we’re still on a high from Saturday, so that’s a big help,” GAHS head coach Janice Rosier said. “I think our block is starting to get better, we’ve been working on the timing and the setting of the block. We’re not a real big team, so we need what we’ve got to go up when it needs to, and they’re getting there, it’s improved.”
Gallia Academy — ranked 10th in the OHSVCA Division II Coaches Poll — has now won 35 straight regular season matches.
The Blue Angel service attack was led by Peri Martin and Hunter Copley with 11 points apiece, including three aces by Martin. Taylor Burnette was next with 10 service points and five aces, followed by Ashton Webb with five points and four aces. Katie Carpenter and Alex Barnes each earned four service points in the win, with Carpenter marking one ace.
MHS freshman libero Bre Lilly led the Lady Marauder service with five points. Maci Hood posted two points for Meigs, while Marissa Noble and Maddie Fields had a point apiece.
“We made a few mistakes and got down on ourselves,” MHS head coach Lea Ann King said. “I had two of my starters sick today and they didn’t get to play, two of my back row players. We had people playing back row that haven’t played back row all year. I’m not making any excuses, but when you’re not used to playing back row against this kind of ball team, you struggle tremendously. Our serving was great, we didn’t miss many serves tonight.”
At the net, GAHS was led by Webb and Barnes with 14 kills apiece. Maddie Wright marked nine kills in the win, while Aubrey Unroe added four. Martin finished with three kills and a match-high 39 assists, while Copley contributed two kills. Webb also led the Blue Angel defense, coming up with 10 digs.
Kassidy Betzing led the Maroon and Gold at the net with four kills. Noble, Hood and Paige Denney each had two kills, with Fields recording a team-high eight assists. Lilly led the Lady Marauder defense with six digs in the setback.
This was the first volleyball meeting between the Lady Marauders and Blue Angels since the 2015 postseason, when GAHS ousted Meigs in the sectional semifinal. This is Gallia Academy’s third straight win over Meigs, and the Blue Angels have claimed seven of the last 10 head-to-head meetings. MHS and GAHS will not meet again this season.
Both teams resume league play next, as Meigs hosts Athens in Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division action on Tuesday, and Gallia Academy hosts Fairland in an Ohio Valley Conference showdown on Thursday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.