Blue Angels split tri-match

By Alex Hawley -

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — You win some, you lose some.

The Gallia Academy volleyball team did both on Saturday in Pickaway County, defeating Chillicothe 2-0, but falling to host Logan Elm by a 2-0 count.

Against the Lady Cavaliers, Gallia Academy (15-3) allowed just three services points in the opening game and won 25-12. A trio of aces and 14 kills pushed the Blue Angels to a 25-18 win in the second game for the sweep of CHS.

In the win, Gallia Academy earned a 67.7 side-out percentage, to go with 28 kills and a hitting percentage of 41.0. Meanwhile, Chillicothe had a 41.7 side-out percentage, and a 10.9 hitting percentage, with 17 kills. The Blue Angels earned four aces and had a serve percentage of 89.6, while the Lady Cavs finished with two aces and a 93.5 serve percentage.

Ashton Webb had a pair of aces to lead GAHS, while Hunter Copley and Taylor Burnette each added one.

Webb — who had 11 of the team’s 25 digs — also led the Blue Angels at the net with 10 kills. Alex Barnes had seven kills for the victors, Maddie Wright added five kills and a block, while Maddy Petro came up with four kills and a block. Aubrey Unroe earned two kills in the win, while Peri Martin finished with a match-best 24 assists.

Against Logan Elm, the Blue Angels opened with four aces and 13 kills in the first game, but still fell by a 25-22 count. GAHS had a better side-out percentage than the Lady Braves in the second, but a quartet of serving errors proved costly, as LEHS claimed a 25-21 victory to seal the 2-0 win.

For the match, Logan Elm had an even 50 side-out percentage, while GAHS finished with a 42.9 side-out percentage. LEHS held a 16.1-to-13.4 edge in hitting percentage, even with the Blue Angels’ 28-to-16 advantage in kills. Gallia Academy earned five aces and a 86.4 serve percentage, while the Red and Black had three aces and a 95.9 serve percentage.

Webb again led GAHS with two aces, while Martin, Burnette and Barnes had one apiece.

Webb had a team-high 10 digs out of the team’s 37, while pounding down a match-best 17 kills.

Barnes had five kills in the setback, Petro had four kills and two blocks, while Wright had two kills and a block. Martin had a pair of blocks to go with 26 assists, while Unroe earned one block.

Gallia Academy returns to Ohio Valley Conference action at Ironton on Tuesday.

By Alex Hawley

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

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