Tomcats end Lady Rebels’ season

By Paul Boggs -

GLOUSTER, Ohio — Unfortunately for the Rebels, the third time wasn’t the charm.

Facing the Trimble Tomcats for the third meeting this season on Monday, the South Gallia High School volleyball squad got swept for the third time — only this instance occurred in Division IV sectional tournament play.

The Tomcats turned aside the visiting Rebels, and ended South Gallia’s season, with a 25-14, 25-16 and 25-11 straight-games sweep inside William White Gymnasium.

Trailing by a game, South Gallia gained a 15-11 advantage in the second set, but the Tomcats took a timeout —and turned around with an eight-point rally to eventually stake a two-games-to-none lead.

In the third game, the Rebels —which never led in the opening set in falling 25-14 — led briefly at 6-5, but Trimble turned the tide again and won 13 of the next 14 points to put the match on ice.

It also concluded the Rebels’ campaign at 4-19, as Trimble swept South Gallia in both of their Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchups.

Trimble, the seventh-seeded squad in the sectional, raised its record to 10-12.

The Tomcats dominated Monday’s meeting for the most part, as Macinsey Cooper paced the winners with a dozen kills, while Peyton Spencer and Lauren York added eight kills apiece.

Cooper contributed consecutive kills, four to be exact, in the opening game — in which Trimble doubled up 10th-seeded South Gallia 17-9.

To tip off game three, she had three kills and an ace.

Taya Lackey racked up 21 assists, including five as part of the 13-1 run in the third.

South Gallia’s middle hitting combination of Christine Griffith and Rachal Colburn collected five kills apiece, as Griffith also had two blocks.

Olivia Hornsby had five assists, as Erin Evans added a pair.

Amaya Howell had a pair of aces, while Griffith, Colburn and Evans served up one apiece.

The match marked the final for five Rebel seniors —Evans, Hornsby, Hannah Shafer, Keirsten Howell and Aaliyah Howell.

By Paul Boggs