Lady Rebels sweep St. Joe in sectional

By Paul Boggs -

IRONTON, Ohio — Now that’s what you can call an emphatic underdog sweep.

That’s because the South Gallia High School volleyball team, in dominant fashion on Monday, swept the host Ironton St. Joseph Flyers 25-17, 25-8 and 25-12 in a Division IV sectional semifinal tilt.

The Lady Rebels, which raised their record to 7-16, are the 11th-seeded squad in the sectional — and pulled off the upset of the sixth-seeded Flyers.

The win advanced South Gallia to Thursday’s sectional championship, where the Rebels will encounter third-seeded Eastern.

Monday’s victory was also South Gallia’s fifth in its last seven matches.

Against Ironton St. Joe, Erin Evans amassed 11 kills and Rachal Colburn collected 10, while Christine Griffith garnered two blocks and Colburn added one.

The Lady Rebels racked up several service points as well, as Griffith and Taylor Burnette each had a dozen — and Hannah Shafer and Olivia Hornsby had eight points apiece.

Evans added six service points, as Griffith served up six aces, while Burnette had another five.

Burnette also set for seven assists, while Maddie Simpson led the defense with five digs.

South Gallia, which lost its first two matches against Eastern this season, will face the Eagles on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs