Gallia Academy fights off Lady Tigers

By Alex Hawley - [email protected]

IRONTON, Ohio — An all-out offensive attack.

The Gallia Academy volleyball team earned 60 of its 75 points by either kill or ace on Tuesday evening in Lawrence County, as the Blue Angels rolled to a straight games victory over Ohio Valley Conference host Ironton.

Gallia Academy (16-3, 11-0 OVC) — which has now won 40 straight league matches — only trailed once in the opening game, as Ironton took the advantage at 4-3. GAHS responded by scoring nine of the next 10 points, and the guests cruised to a 25-13 win in the first.

The Lady Tigers — who fell to 4-7 in the eight-team league with the setback — scored the first two points of the second game, but the Blue Angels took the lead at 4-3 and never looked back. The Blue and White earned 10 aces in the second set alone, as they went up 2-0 in the match with a 25-9 victory.

Gallia Academy finished the night with a match-best 15 kills in the third game, which the Blue Angels led wire-to-wire and won by a 25-16 count to seal the match.

GAHS — which also defeated Ironton in straight games on Sept. 4 in Centenary — finished with a side-out percentage of 70, while IHS had a 35.6 side-out percentage.

The victors earned a 90.4 serve percentage and 22 aces, while pounding down 38 kills for a 30.6 hitting percentage. Meanwhile, the Orange and Black had two aces and a 97.5 serve percentage, to go with a dozen kills and a 1.7 hitting percentage.

Maddie Wright led the Blue and White with 13 points, including four aces. Taylor Burnette and Alex Barnes earned nine points apiece, with seven and four aces respectively. Peri Martin had eight points and one ace in the win, Hunter Copley added seven points and a quartet of aces, while Bailey Barnette came up with two points on a pair of aces.

Barnes led the winners at the net with 15 kills, followed by Maddy Petro with eight kills and three blocks. Wright and Barnette finished with six kills apiece, Unroe added two kills and a block, while Martin claimed a kill and a match-best 32 assists.

Burnette led the Blue Angel defense with nine of the team’s 35 digs.

Riley Schreck paced Ironton with five service points, including one ace. Peighton Rowe was next with three points, followed by Samantha Lafon with two. Demi Sands and Marybeth Burton had a point apiece, with Burton earning an ace.

Lafon led the hosts at the net with six kills, Rowe earned a team-best five assists, while Schreck and Burton paced the defense with five digs apiece, out of the team’s 25.

Gallia Academy will be back on its home court on Thursday against South Point. A Blue Angels’ victory will clinch at least a share of the program’s fourth straight OVC crown.

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.