BIDWELL, Ohio — Revenge at its finest.
The South Gallia volleyball team avenged a September 9 loss to in county rival River Valley on Tuesday night, as the Lady Rebels claimed a 3-1 victory on the road.
The Lady Raiders (4-14) rallied from down five in the opening game of the evening, to take a 26-24 victory. River Valley fell behind early in the second game as well, but this time South Gallia (8-10) held on for the 25-21 win.
The Lady Rebels stormed to a 13-4 lead in the third game, cruising to a 25-22 victory and moving ahead 2-1 in the match. South Gallia claimed the fourth game by a 25-9 tally on the strength of 12 consecutive service points by senior libero Kirstin Burnette, which sealed the 3-1 victory for the guests.
“We really gave the first game to (River Valley),” SGHS head coach Tracey Burnette said. “I told them in the huddle ‘you’ve got to want it more, you didn’t want the first one, but you’ve got to want the next three’. They went and did what I asked them to do, so I’m very proud of them.”
Kirstin Burnette led the Lady Rebels with 23 points including five aces, followed by Courtney Haner with 10 points and four aces. Mariah Hineman marked seven points and an ace, Erin Evans added five points and two aces, Jayla Wolford chipped in with five points, while Caitlyn Vanscoy posted four points and an ace. The SGHS service attack was rounded out by Maddie Simpson and Taylor Burnette with two points apiece.
RVHS senior Courtney Smith paced the Silver and Black with 10 points and one ace, followed by Ashley Gilmore with eight points and one ace. Jayanna Armstrong posted six points and three aces, Angel Toler added four points and two aces, Jacey Walter had four points and one ace, while Alex Truance finished with four points. Rounding out the River Valley service attack were Jessi Steele and Peyton Browning with one point apiece.
At the net South Gallia was charged by Vanscoy with 10 kills and a block, followed by Hineman with eight kills. Wolford posted seven kills and four blocks, Taylor Burnette added two kills, while Haner finished with one kill and one block. Vanscoy and Taylor Burnette led the SGHS defense with five digs each, followed by Hineman with four. Taylor Burnette finished with a team-best 14 assist, followed by Evans with six.
Truance led RVHS at the net with nine kills, followed by Walter with six kills and a block. Smith posted two kills, one block and a match-high 15 assists, Armstrong and Gilmore both added two kills, while Browning finished with one. Smith led the RVHS defense with six digs, followed by Truance with five.
The win ended the four-game SGHS losing skid, while marking River Valley’s fifth straight setback. RVHS claimed a straight game victory over the Lady Rebels on September 9, in Mercerville.
After hosting Waterford on Thursday, South Gallia returns to action on Monday when Belpre visits Mercerville. RVHS will have five days off before hosting Alexander on Tuesday.
River Valley head coach Denise Toler declined to comment following Wednesday night’s loss.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.