Blue Angels soar past Coal Grove

COAL GROVE, Ohio — The Blue Angels keep rolling … and the streaks keep stretching.

The Gallia Academy volleyball team picked up a straight game victory over Ohio Valley Conference host Coal Grove on Thursday evening in Lawrence County, giving GAHS its 18th straight league win and 25th consecutive regular season triumph.

Also, the Blue Angels have now won 54 straight games within the eight-team conference.

On Thursday, Gallia Academy (3-0, 3-0 OVC) won the opening two games by identical 25-15 counts, before taking a decisive 25-9 win to complete the sweep.

GAHS senior Grace Martin led the guests with 17 service points, including seven aces. Ashton Webb was next with 11 points and nine aces, followed by Hunter Copley with seven points and Peri Martin with five points. Taylor Burnette and Katie Carpenter both marked four points and two aces in the win, while Alex Barnes finished with two points.

At the net, Webb led the Blue and White with team-highs of 14 kills and two blocks. Maddie Wright finished with six kills and one block, Barnes added four kills, Copley chipped in with three kills, while Peri Martin and Aubrey Unroe both marked two kills and one block in the victory.

Peri Martin earned a team-best 25 assists for Gallia Academy, while Barnes came up with a team-high five digs.

GAHS will look for a similar result when the Lady Hornets visit Centenary, on September 28.

After a non-conference clash with River Valley on Saturday, the Blue Angels will resume OVC play on Tuesday, when Portsmouth comes to Gallia County. The Lady Trojans are responsible for Gallia Academy’s last regular season setback, on October 12, 2015, in Portsmouth.

By Alex Hawley

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