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) claimed the opening game of the night by a 25-15 count, but dropped the second by a 25-21 mark. Logan (7-13, 2-3) also won the third game by a 25-21 mark, and held on for a 29-27 victory in the fourth game.
Gallia Academy libero Brooke Pasquale posted nine service points in the setback, while Ashton Webb marked seven and Jenna Meadows added six. Webb led GAHS at the net with 17 kills, followed by Jordan Walker with nine, Grace Martin with seven and Meadows with six.
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.