CENTENARY, Ohio — The Blue Angles took the first step to defending their league title Thursday night, defeating visiting Warren in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League opener in Gallia County.
Gallia Academy took a 25-17 in the opening game, but the Lady Warriors answered with a 25-19 victory in the second game. The Blue Angels rolled to a 25-12 victory in the third game and drove the final nail in the coffin with a 25-21 victory in the fourth game.
Ryleigh Caldwell and Grace Martin led the GAHS service attack with 11 points apiece, followed by Hannah McCormick, Jenna Meadows and Allison McGhee with seven points each. Kathleen Allen had three service points, Micah Curfman added two, while Jordan Walker rounded out the Gallia Academy scoring with one point.
Danielle Lambert paced the Lady Warriors with 10 service points, Natalie Knowlton added seven, while Katie Knowlton and Kaylee Higgins each posted four points. Lindsay Joy and Vic Buzzard both contributed three points, followed by Katlyn Coffman with two.
The Gallia Academy net attack was led by Meadows with 12 kills and Curfman with 11. Martin marked six kills, Caldwell added five, Makenzie Brumfield had three, while Walker and Hanna Johnson each marked one kill. Martin had a game-high 10 blocks, Walker posted six, while Curfman and Brumfield each had four. Curfman’s seven digs led the Blue Angles, while McGhee marked three. McGhee had a team-best 17 assists, followed by Curfman with 12.
Buzzard’s eight kills paced WHS, followed by Lambert and Coffman with five each. Katie Knowlton had five digs and Lambert added seven blocks to pace the Lady Warrior defense.
The Blue Angels will be looking for the season sweep of Warren on September 15 in Vincent. GAHS hosts River Valley on Monday in its next game, while league action resumes for the Blue Angels on Tuesday at Portsmouth.