GA gets past Lady Panthers

By Alex Hawley - [email protected]

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Halfway through the conference schedule and the Blue Angels remain perfect.

The Gallia Academy volleyball team has now faced and swept all seven of it Ohio Valley Conference opponents this fall, with the Blue Angels claiming a 3-0 victory over host Chesapeake on Thursday evening in Lawrence County.

Gallia Academy (9-0, 7-0 OVC) — winners of 22 league matches in a row, all in straight games — had a side-out percentage of just 50 in the opening game, but made up for it with 14 kills, as the Blue Angels fought for a 26-24 win.

GAHS didn’t have any issues in the second game, serving up seven aces and adding eight kills en route to a 25-13 triumph.

The Blue Angels had their best serving performance of the night, at 96 percent, in the third game and, teaming that with 12 kills, Gallia Academy claimed a 25-15 win to cap off the 3-0 sweep.

Gallia Academy’s regular season winning streaks stretched to 31 matches and 54 games with the victory. The Blue Angels committed 36 errors in the win, five fewer than Chesapeake.

Peri Martin and Ryelee Sipple led the Blue Angel service attack with four aces apiece. Ashton Webb and Taylor Burnette both had three aces in the win, while Katie Carpenter finished with one.

Webb led the Blue and White at the net with 10 kills and one block. Alex Barnes was next with nine kills, Maddie Wright added five kills and one block, while Hunter Copley came in with four kills. Martin and Madison Petro each finished with three kills in the victory, with Martin marking a team-high 30 assists.

The Gallia Academy defensive effort was led by Webb and Copley, who came with 12 digs apiece for the victors.

The Blue Angels will rematch Chesapeake on Oct. 12 in the regular season finale at GAHS. After a non-conference tournament on Saturday at Circleville, Gallia Academy will visit Meigs on Monday.

By Alex Hawley

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Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.