MERCERVILLE, Ohio — While Wahama won its fifth division set this season, host South Gallia garnered its second seasonal victory.
That’s because the Lady Rebels — in snapping a six-match losing streak — captured a 25-17, 25-19, 24-26 and 25-16 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division volleyball victory over the visiting White Falcons on Tuesday night.
With the win, South Gallia —which also dropped its first five tilts to open the season —improved to 2-11, and to 2-6 in the TVC Hocking.
The White Falcons, which swept Belpre before winning the second game in a four-game loss against Southern on Monday night, fell to 2-6 — and 1-6 in the league.
In all three games in which they won, the Lady Rebels pulled away, including reversing a pair of early Wahama leads in games two and four.
In the back-and-forth third game — which featured five lead changes and 10 ties — the Lady Rebels led by as much as 20-17, but the White Falcons fought back for a 24-22 advantage on a Victoria VanMatre ace, then broke the 24-24 tie on a Rebel service error and ace by Madison VanMeter.
Wahama then raced out to a 5-0 advantage in the fourth set, but the Rebels rallied back with eight of the next 11 points, including a Rachal Colburn kill for the 8-8 tie.
The Rebels, on one of Erin Evans’ dozen kills on the night, finally seized the lead at 13-12 — and erased a 12-10 deficit by scoring 15 of the game’s final 19 points.
For Evans, who is primarily a setter, she had the kill switch going on Tuesday — as Colburn chipped in seven and fellow middle hitter Christine Griffith another six.
That trio actually combined to top the smaller White Falcons’ total amount of kills, which was 24.
South Gallia’s Aaliyah Howell and Kara McCormick collected three kills apiece, as Olivia Hornsby had five assists and Keirsten Howell four aces.
Colburn and Griffith each had a block at the net, while Amaya Howell had three aces and Colburn and Aaliyah Howell had two apiece.
In the opening game, Wahama held leads of 3-2 and 4-3, as there were also seven ties — the last of which was 16-16.
The Rebels never trailed again after gaining a 5-4 advantage, and pulled away from the 16-16 tie by reeling off nine of the final 10 points.
After an Aaliyah Howell kill made it 17-16, Griffith served for six consecutive points, which were punctuated by a pair of Colburn kills.
The White Falcons fired off fast in the second set, scoring the opening six points on a Madison VanMeter kill, an attack error, two VanMeter aces and two kills by Emma Gibbs.
However, the Rebels kicked it into gear, amassing nine of the next 12 points to forge the set’s only tie at 9-9.
From there, they pushed the lead out to 14-10, as Wahama scored the next three points — before Gracie VanMeter’s kill made it 18-16.
But South Gallia got the job done down the stretch, scoring seven of the final 10 points for the win, which was capped off by an Evans kill.
In similar fashion in the fourth, the White Falcons’ fast start featured three Rebel errors and two Gibbs kills, before the Rebels rallied for ties at 8-8 and 12-12.
The Red and Gold got 13 of the final 17 points for the four-game win, and breathed a sigh of relief after it appeared that the White Falcons could at least force a fifth set.
Madison VanMeter paced the White Falcons with five kills and four aces, as Gracie VanMeter also served for four aces —part of a team 13.
Gibbs and Hannah Billups added four kills apiece for Wahama, while MaKinley Bumgarner and Harley Roush registered three — and Gracie VanMeter and Lizzy Mullins managed two apiece.
In that nip-and-tuck third affair, the Rebels’ largest lead was at 20-17, while Wahama held four-point edges at 11-7, 13-9 and 14-10.
The White Falcons returned home, and returned to TVC Hocking Division action, on Wednesday night against Miller.
The Rebels return to action on Monday night, when they host Southern in another league contest.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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