Blue Angels top Ironton in straight games

IRONTON, Ohio — The streak stretches to 20.

The Gallia Academy volleyball team has now won 20 consecutive Ohio Valley Conference matches, all in straight games, with the latest Blue Angel victory coming over host Ironton on Thursday evening in Lawrence County.

Gallia Academy (6-0, 5-0 OVC) took the lead at 3-2 in the opening game and never looked back, rolling to a 25-13 triumph on the strength of seven aces.

In the second game, the teams fought through four lead changes and were tied for the seventh and final time at 15. The Blue Angels claimed 10 of the next 11 points and won the second by a 25-16 count.

Ironton led by as much as seven in the third game, before Gallia Academy rallied back to take an 18-17 lead. IHS tied the game at 18, but never regained the advantage, as GAHS won the final game by a 25-20 margin.

In addition to their 20 straight wins in the OVC, the Blue Angels have also won 28 consecutive matches overall regular season play.

Ashton Webb led the Blue and White with 12 service points, including nine aces. Taylor Burnette and Ryelee Sipple both marked 11 points and two aces, while Alex Barnes added five points and two aces. Hunter Copley finished with four points and one ace for the victors, while Peri Martin rounded out the team total with two points.

Webb also led the victors at the net, posting 19 kills and two blocks. Barnes had six kills for GAHS, Maddie Wright chipped in with four kills and one block, while Aubrey Unroe finished with three kills and one block. Copley contributed three kills to the Blue Angel cause, while Sipple came up with one block.

Martin had a team-best 34 assists in the win, while Gallia Academy’s defense was led by Copley and Barnes with 10 digs apiece.

Lexi Wise led the Lady Fighting Tigers with 11 service points, followed by McKenzie Cremeens with four.

Gallia Academy and Ironton will do battle again on Oct. 5 in Centenary. The Blue Angels have a non-conference challenge next, as they host Jackson on Monday.

By Alex Hawley

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