CENTENARY, Ohio — The Lady Raiders weren’t going to go away without a fight, but the Blue Angels were up for a scrap.
The Gallia Academy volleyball team defeated non-conference guest River Valley 25-22, 25-14 and 25-22 Monday night in a Gallia County showdown.
The opening game went the Blue Angels (3-1) way early, opening up an 11-7 lead, but the Lady Raiders (2-2) rallied back to gain the 18-16 advantage. Five straight service points by GAHS junior Jordan Walker allowed Blue and White to regain the lead and take the three-point win in the opening game.
The second game was broken open early on with a seven-point swing in favor of the Blue Angels. The Lady Raiders allowed a six-point run late in the game, and Gallia Academy rolled to a 25-14 victory.
The Blue Angels again gained an early edge in the third game, pushing their lead to nine points at 14-5. GAHS sustained the advantage and led 20-to-11 but the Lady Raiders didn’t give up, battling back to within one point at 22-21. Gallia Academy stymied the RVHS surge, claiming game by a 25-22 count and the match victory 3-0. The Lady Raiders never led in the third game, their last lead was 2-to-1 in the second game.
The Gallia Academy service attack was paced by Jenna Meadows with nine point and Brooke Pasquale with eight. Allison McGhee posted seven points, Jordan Walker and Grace Martin each added six, Ryleigh Caldwell chipped in with five service points, while Micah Curfman rounded out the victor’s scoring with two points. Walker and Meadows each posted three aces, Martin marked two, followed by Pasquale and McGhee with one apiece.
Alex Truance led River Valley’s service attack with seven points, followed by Jacey Walter and Leia Moore with five points each. Courtney Smith marked four service points, Rachael Smith and Angel Toler both finished with two, while Chelsea Copley capped off the scoring with one marker. Courtney Smith marked three aces in the setback.
The Blue Angels’ net attack was led by Martin with eight kills, Walker with seven and Curfman with six. Meadows marked five kills, followed by Caldwell and Makenzie Brumfield with one each. Walker posted six blocks to lead the defense at the net, while Caldwell and Martin each had two blocks, and Curfman finished with one.
Curfman marked a game-high 10 assists, followed by McGhee with seven. Martin and Meadows each had six digs for the GAHS defense, Curfman chipped in with five, followed by Caldwell and Kathleen Allen with four each. Pasquale marked two digs and Walker contributed one in the win.
Moore and Rachael Smith paced the RVHS net attack with four kills each, followed by Courtney Smith with two. Truance and Walter each added a kill, while Courtney Smith had a team-high five assists and Copley added three helpers. Rachael Smith led the defense with three blocks, Courtney Smith added two digs, while Truance finished with a block and a dig.
Gallia Academy and River Valley will meet again on September 24, in Bidwell. The Blue Angels return to action on September 4 when they host Logan in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League tilt, while the Lady Raiders return to the court on Thursday when the Silver, Black and Pink host Athens in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup.