Lady Rebels fend off Miller in 4

Bryan Walters

September 5, 2013

MERCERVILLE, Ohio — There was a brief lapse in Game 2, but otherwise, it was a good night for the South Gallia volleyball team.

The Lady Rebels improved both their season and league marks to .500 overall Wednesday night following a 25-18, 17-25, 25-12, 25-22 victory over visiting Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Gallia County.

SGHS (2-2, 1-1 TVC Hocking) never trailed in the opening game after breaking a two-all tie with a 14-5 surge to secure a 16-7 cushion. The Lady Rebels led by as many as nine points on three occassions in the opener, which the hosts ultimately won by seven points.

Game 2 started with ties at one, three and four, but the Lady Falcons reeled off five consecutive points to claim a 9-4 edge. South Gallia rallied to knot things up at 12-all, but the guests countered with a 13-5 run to even the match up at one game apiece.

There were four ties and five lead changes in Game 3, but the Lady Rebels broke away from a four-all tie with a 20-7 charge for their biggest lead of the night at 24-11. Both teams traded points to close the game, allowing SGHS to secure a 2-1 match lead.

Six ties and six lead changes into Game 4, both teams found themselves deadlocked at eight. The hosts went on a 14-9 run for a 22-17 edge, then gradually held on for a three-point decision and the 3-1 match victory.

Shelby Sanders led the service attack with 12 points, followed by Alicia Hornsby, Brynn Adams and Katie Bostic with eight points each. Sara Bailey and Bailie Corbin rounded out the scoring with seven and six points, respectively. Hornsby recorded a team-high three aces, while Adams, Bailey, Bostic and Corbin added two aces apiece.

Adams led the net attack with 17 kills and two blocks, followed by Courtney Haner with five kills and one block. Rachel Johnson added three kills and Bostic had two kills, while Bailey, Hornsby, Sanders and Mariah Hineman chipped in a kill each.

Sanders recorded a team-best seven digs, while Bailey dished out 28 assists in the triumph.

Ali Bray, Hayley Williams and Makayla Alexander had seven service points apiece for the Lady Falcons.