CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Blue Angels overcome a slow start to continue their streak.
The Gallia Academy volleyball team dropped the opening game of its Ohio Valley Conference clash with Chesapeake, Wednesday night in Lawrence County. However, the Blue Angels claimed the next three games, to push their winning streak to 11.
Chesapeake and Gallia Academy (11-0, 8-0 OVC) battled through 10 ties in the opening game, the latest of which came at 11-11. The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 21-14 lead and held on for a 25-23 victory, moving ahead 1-0 in the match.
The second game featured six ties, but Gallia Academy took a 10-9 lead and never relinquished it. The Blue Angels led by as many as seven en route to a 25-19 second game victory, which evened the match at one.
The Blue Angels never trailed in the third game, winning by a 25-20 margin to move ahead 2-1 in the match. Gallia Academy showed how dominate it can be in the fourth game, jumping out to a 13-2 lead and increasing it to 20-4. GAHS claimed the finale by a 25-9 final, sealing the 3-1 victory.
GAHS freshman Ashton Webb led the Blue and White service attack with 17 points and two aces, followed by Carly Shriver with eight points and Ryleigh Caldwell with seven. Abby Wood, Brooke Pasquale and Grace Martin each had six points, with Pasquale marking three aces, while Wood and Martin added one ace each. Gallia Academy junior Jenna Meadows rounded out the Blue Angels scoring with four points and one ace in the win.
Martin led Gallia Academy at the net with 15 kills and four blocks, while Meadows added 11 kills. GAHS senior Jordan Walker posted 10 kills and two blocks, Webb had eight kills, Caldwell marked six kills and a block, Hanna Johnson finished with three kills and a block, while Shriver contributed one kill to the win.
Shriver posted a team-best 18 assists, followed by Hannah McCormick with 12. Martin led the Blue Angel defense with 23 digs, Meadows chipped in with 21, while Wood and Webb each had 11.
The Blue Angels — who moved up to 15 in the latest Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Poll — also defeated Chesapeake on September 1, in three games at GAHS.
Gallia Academy, which visited Fairland on Tuesday, returns to action on Wednesday at Ironton. The Blue Angels will then wrap up their week with a trip to Jackson on Thursday for a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League tilt.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.