VINCENT, Ohio — The match was worth the price of admission, but the result made for a long bus ride home.
The Gallia Academy volleyball team stormed out to a two-games-to-one lead Thursday night, but host Warren rallied with consecutive victories to secure a thrilling 22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 20-18 decision in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League opener for both programs.
The Lady Warriors ended the night with a total of five more points than the visiting Blue Angels (3-2, 0-1 SEOAL) during the contest, but those extra points proved to be big at critical points in the contest — particularly in the decisive fifth game.
During the race to 15 in the finale, neither team was able to gain control — as each squad continued trading points with one another. WHS eventually got over the hump at 19-18 by scoring a second straight point, allowing the hosts to wrap up the come-from-behind triumph.
The Blue Angels recorded 48 kills, 40 assists, 27 digs, 12 blocks and nine aces in the setback. The guests were also successful on 88.9 percent of their service chances. Jenna Meadows led the service attack with five aces, followed by Haleigh Caldwell with two aces. Brooke Pasquale and Maggie Clagg also had an ace apiece.
Maggie Westfall led the net attack with 26 kills, followed by Caldwell with seven kills and Clagg with six kills. Chelsy Slone and Kassie Shriver also chipped in four and three kills, respectively. Slone also led GAHS with 4.5 blocks, while Clagg added two blocks.
Shriver dished out a team-best 38 assists for the Angels, while Hannah Roach had a team-high nine digs. Caldwell and Meadows also contributed seven and five digs, respectively, in the setback.