By: Bryan Waltersbwalters@heartlandpublications.com
October 19, 2012
WATERFORD, Ohio — The South Gallia volleyball team had its 2012 season come to an end Thursday night following a 12-25, 16-25, 25-23, 18-25 setback to host Waterford in a Division IV sectional final contest in Washington County.
The visiting Lady Rebels (13-10) fell behind 2-0 early on in the contest, but rallied to win their only game from WHS this season to cut the match deficit down to 2-1. The Lady Wildcats (19-4), however, held on to win Game 4 and claimed the program’s fifth straight sectional championship.
Third-seeded Waterford will face second-seeded Portsmouth Clay in a D-4 district semifinal Thursday night at Jackson High School. These teams will play after the Eastern-Fairfield contest scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Apple City.
WHS led by as many as 14 in the opener before claiming a 13-point decision, then the hosts stormed out to an early 10-5 edge in Game 2 before closing with a 15-11 run to take a two-games-to-none advantage.
SGHS made its big charge of the night in Game 3, which earned the Lady Rebels their first game victory over Waterford in nine chances. The Lady ‘Cats, however, regained control of the match after taking small leads of 10-8, 14-11 and 22-16 in Game 4 before ultimately claiming the seven-point decision.
Shelby Sanders led the SGHS service attack with seven points, followed by Ellie Bostic, Brynn Adams and Bailie Corbin with five points apiece. Meghan Caldwell and Sara Bailey also had two points each in the setback. Corbin had a team-high two aces, while Caldwell and Adams both contributed one ace.
Caldwell led the net attack with 12 kills and six blocks, followed by Bostic with eight kills. Adams and Courtney Haner also had three kills apiece. Sanders and Bailey both had four digs apiece to lead the defense.
Brooke Drayer led WHS with 14 service points and 19 kills.
It was the final volleyball match for Ellie Bostic and Meghan Caldwell in the Red and Gold.