Gallia Academy rolls past Lady Raiders

CENTENARY, Ohio — A somewhat fitting end to the week that was.

The Gallia Academy volleyball team capped off a perfect week on Saturday as the Blue Angels took a victory in straight games over non-conference guest River Valley, which has now dropped four matches in a row since Monday.

The Blue Angels (4-0) topped the Lady Raiders (2-5) by a 25-11 count in the opening game, before winning by a 25-13 margin in the second game. The hosts capped off the sweep with a 25-12 triumph in the third game.

Gallia Academy’s service attack was led by senior Grace Martin with 16 points, including four aces. Peri Martin was next for the Blue and White with 11 points and four aces, followed by Hunter Copley with eight points and two aces.

Ashton Webb finished with five service points and four aces in the win, Ryelee Sipple added four points, while Taylor Burnette, Alex Barnes and Maddie Wright each had two points, with one ace by Burnette.

River Valley junior Kelsey Brown led the Lady Raiders with four service points, including one ace. Carly Gilmore posted three points in the setback, while Rachel Horner and Caterina Gattinara each had two points, with an ace by Gattinara. Isabella Mershon rounded out the RVHS service attack with one point.

At the net, GAHS was led by Webb with 17 kills, followed by Barnes and Wright with eight kills apiece. Copley marked seven kills for the victors, Katie Carpenter added two, while Grace Martin and Aubrey Unroe both recorded one kill. Peri Martin had the Gallia Academy’s only block, as well as team-highs of 39 assists and 10 digs.

Gilmore had the Lady Raiders’ only three kills of the match, with Jessica Roush picking up two assists. Gattinara had a block for RVHS, while Gilmore and Roush tied for a team-high with two digs apiece.

This is the lone scheduled meeting between these Gallia County foes this season. Both teams return to action on Tuesday, with the Lady Raiders hosting Jackson in non-league play and the Blue Angels welcoming Portsmouth for an Ohio Valley Conference showdown.

By Alex Hawley

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