RACINE, Ohio — One streak ended Monday night, the other continues on.
The South Gallia volleyball team had its three-match winning streak come to an end by the hands of Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Southern, which won its third consecutive match with the straight game triumph.
The Lady Rebels (7-7, 3-6 TVC Hocking) jumped out to an early lead in the opening game, but Lady Tornadoes (11-3, 7-2) took the lead at 3-2 and never relinquished it, cruising to a 25-14 victory.
Southern never trailed in the second game and rolled to a 25-16 victory, moving ahead 2-0 in the match. The Lady Rebels managed just one service point in the third game, giving the Lady Tornadoes a 25-8 win and the match by a 3-0 count.
“We came off of a tough week last week,” SHS head coach Chris Carroll said. “We lost to Federal Hocking, then we played great against Eastern and again against Waterford to get a couple of big wins. I let them have Friday off, so I was a little nervous about how they’d come out tonight, but I think they looked pretty good. We played pretty well overall, I think a couple of times we let up, but it was a pretty good win.”
The Lady Tornadoes were led by senior libero Ali Deem with 13 service points, followed by Brandy Porter and Kamryn Smith with eight each. Marlee Maynard posted seven points, Savannah Bailey added six, while Hannah Hill, Haley Hill, Cameryn Harmon and Talon Drummer each finished with two.
Southern also defeated the Lady Rebels in straight games on September 3, in Mercerville.
“We practiced a little today after school, but it’s really showing that we don’t really have a lot of time to practice now that the season has started,” South Gallia head coach Tracey Burnette said. “I’m really proud of them for coming away with three wins last week, I knew this week would be tough, but I just want them to celebrate every good thing they do and get excited about it. I’m not disappointed, I think we did a lot of good things tonight and I hope we can do more good things tomorrow night.”
South Gallia’s service attack was led by Jayla Wolford with six points, followed by Erin Evans with four, Courtney Haner with three and Mariah Hineman with two. Hineman led the Red and Gold at the net with five kills, Wolford added three, while Caitlyn Vanscoy and Rachal Colburn chipped in with one each. Taylor Burnette led SGHS with eight digs, followed by Hineman and Haner with two apiece. Taylor Burnette also posted a team-best four assists, followed by Evans with two, while Vanscoy and Wolford both posted one block.
After hosting league-leading Trimble on Tuesday, the Lady Rebels will return to action on Thursday at Federal Hocking. Southern, which visited Wahama on Tuesday, will return to the court on Monday when Trimble visits Racine.
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