Blue Angels suffer first loss

By Alex Hawley -

LOGAN, Ohio — All good things must come to an end, but there’s always a silver lining behind every cloud.

The Gallia Academy volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season Thursday night, falling to Southeastern Ohio Athletic League host Logan, by a 3-1 count at Jim Myers Gymnasium in Hocking County. Even in defeat the Blue Angels — who are 4-1 in the SEOAL — wrapped up the outright SEOAL championship as Warren fell to Jackson, which gives the Lady Chiefs, Lady Warriors and Ironladies each a 2-3 league record with one league match left to play.

The Blue Angels (18-1, 4-1 SEOAL) never trailed in the opening game of the night and cruised to a 25-15 victory. Logan (7-13, 2-3) trailed early in both of the next two games, but battled back to win both by a count of 25-21. The Blue Angels battled back to take a 27-26 lead in the fourth game, but Logan scored three straight points and prevailed by a 29-27 final.

Gallia Academy’s service attack was led by Abby Wood with 10 points and two aces, followed by Brooke Pasquale with nine points and two aces. GAHS freshman Ashton Webb posted seven points and two aces, Jenna Meadows added six points, while Carly Shriver had five points and Grace Martin marked three points in the setback.

Webb led the Blue Angel net attack with 15 kills, followed by Martin with 11 kills and four blocks. Jordan Walker posted 11 kills and three blocks, Meadows added six kills, Hanna Johnson chipped in with two kills and two blocks, while Ryleigh Caldwell finished with two kills and one block. Meadows led the GAHS defense with 35 digs, followed by Pasquale with 24 and Wood with 18. Shriver marked a team-best 16 assists, followed by Martin with 11.

Logan was led by Grace Libben with nine points, followed by Regan Warren with eight, Rachel Pierce with seven and Grace Mckee with six. Pierce posted a team-best 15 kills for the Purple and White, followed by Cassidy Bosch with 13 and Allison McNeal with nine.

GAHS had defeated the Lady Chieftains in four consecutive meetings prior to Thursday night, including a 3-0 sweep on September 16, in Centenary.

Gallia Academy will try to bounce back on Monday when the Blue and White visit Portsmouth. The Blue Angels will clinch the Ohio Valley Conference championship with a victory. GAHS will play its last SEOAL match on Thursday when arch rival Jackson invades Centenary.

GAHS has also won out right SEOAL championships in 2007, 2009, and 2013, while sharing the crown in 1978 (with Waverly) and 2014 (with Warren).

Logan Daily News sports editor Craig Dunn contributed to this report.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley