RACINE, Ohio — Truth be told, it’s an estimated hour bus ride for the South Gallia Lady Rebels to Southern High School.
That said, it took the Southern Lady Tornadoes only 45 minutes to send South Gallia back down the road.
In dominating fashion, in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division volleyball match on Monday night, host Southern swept the Lady Rebels 25-14, 25-7 and 25-4.
Senior-laden Southern simply rolled the young Lady Rebels from start to finish, never trailing at any point in any of the three games.
In each instance, the Tornadoes tallied the first three points in each set, as their slimmest margin once the Rebels registered a point was 3-1 in each of the final two frames.
With the win, Southern keeps pace with TVC-Hocking leader Waterford, which is undefeated in the division — and has handed the Lady Tornadoes their only league loss.
Southern stands at 11-1 and in second-place in the league, part of an impressive 15-2 mark overall.
Monday’s match was also the Purple and Gold’s fifth consecutive victory.
The loss left the Lady Rebels at 2-13, and 2-10 in the TVC-Hocking.
South Gallia has also dropped four of its past five matches in straight games.
In the opening set, Southern scored the first five points before South Gallia gained two straight — getting as close as it would get the rest of the game.
The Tornadoes tacked on points in bunches, scoring four straight to make it 9-2, six straight to make it 15-3, and another five in a row to make it 20-5.
The Tornadoes’ largest lead was 23-8 following a Kamryn Smith kill, but the Rebels reeled off six consecutive counters of their own.
However, another Smith kill combined with an attack error ended the game at 25-14.
In similar fashion in game two, the Tornadoes opened with the first three points, then extended the lead to 18-6 — before scoring the final seven points for the 25-7 final.
In fact, the Rebels’ only points in the period were two kills by Erin Evans and one by Rachal Colburn —combined with a pair of attack errors, a service error and finally a hitting error.
In the final game, Southern once again opened with three in a row, then led 6-2 as South Gallia gained points on another Colburn kill and attack miscue.
From there, the Tornadoes amassed the next 14 points, as only a lift violation against the hosts halted the spree.
South Gallia got its final point on a net violation immediately following, but Southern closed out the match with the final five points —punctuated by a Faith Teaford kill.
Smith led in kills with six and Teaford followed with four, as Teaford also added a pair of solo blocks.
Smith was also 15-of-18 passing, as she landed 18 serves along with 16 by Marissa Johnson.
Marlee Maynard managed 62 sets.
The Rebels returned home, and returned to TVC-Hocking Division action, on Tuesday night against Trimble.
South Gallia will host Gallia County rival River Valley on Wednesday night, while the Tornadoes took to the road on Tuesday night at TVC-Hocking foe Federal Hocking.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106