CENTENARY, Ohio — Perfect.
The Gallia Academy volleyball team capped off an undefeated regular season on Thursday night in Gallia County, defeating Ohio Valley Conference guest South Point by a 3-0 tally.
The Blue Angels (22-0, 14-0 OVC) — which didn’t drop a single game in league play en route to their second straight outright OVC title —trailed early in the opening game, but took a 10-4 lead as part of a 7-0 run. GAHS led the rest of the way and claimed the 25-13 victory.
Gallia Academy scored the first seven points and led wire-to-wire in the second game, taking the 25-14 win. GAHS never trailed in the finale, winning by a 25-12 final to seal the 3-0 sweep and the perfect regular season.
“These girls have worked really hard,” GAHS head coach Janice Rosier said. “We’ve had a couple of injuries here toward the end, but they’ve just bounced back. It’s been one game at a time, all season long, and they’ve been better at that this year than ever.”
On senior night, the Blue Angels were led by seniors Ryleigh Caldwell and Carly Shriver with 11 points apiece, including two aces and one ace respectively. GAHS freshman Alex Barnes was next with 10 points and three aces, Brooke Pasquale added nine points and one ace, while Hannah McCormick finished with three service points. The GAHS service attack was rounded out by Jenna Meadows, with two points and one ace.
At the net, Grace Martin led GAHS with 10 kills and two blocks. Meadows had nine kills in the win, Caldwell added five kills and one block, while Aubrey Unroe chipped in with three kills. Shriver — who finished with one kill for the OVC champs — posted a match-best 27 assists. Pasquale and McCormick led the Gallia Academy defense with 13 digs apiece, followed by Meadows with 11.
This is Gallia Academy’s first-ever unbeaten regular season, and the Blue Angels won 60 of the 62 games they played. Circleville is the only team to win a game against GAHS this season, as the Lady Tigers fell to the Blue and White by 2-1 counts in the Athens Invitational, on August 27, and in the Circleville Invitational, on September 17.
“We have some strong leadership on the team this year,” Rosier said. “We have five seniors that have been playing together for a long time. They’re friends on and off the court and they’re a joy to be around. They’ve been really good about putting the ‘we’ before ‘me’.”
GAHS finished 11th in the final Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association Division II poll and will return to action in the sectional semifinal. The top-seeded Blue Angels will host the winner of eighth-seeded Waverly and ninth-seeded Vinton County, on Wednesday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.