MERCERVILLE, Ohio — There’s no place like home.
The South Gallia volleyball team opened its 2015 in grand style Wednesday night during a 25-19, 25-21, 25-18 victory over visiting Meigs in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Rebels (1-0) trailed briefly in Game 1 at 7-6, but the hosts went on a 13-8 run to secure a 19-15 cushion. The Lady Marauders (0-2) closed to within two points at 19-17, but were ultimately never closer as SGHS claimed a 1-0 match lead with the six-point victory.
MHS led 1-0 in Game 2, but the Lady Rebels reeled off 12 of the next 19 points to secure a 12-8 advantage. The Lady Marauders rallied back to knot things up at 18-all, but the hosts scored seven of the next 10 points to secure a 2-0 match edge.
SGHS stormed out to an early 6-0 lead in Game 3, but the guests answered with eight of the next nine points for their final lead of the night at 8-7. The Lady Rebels broke away from an 10-all tie by going on a 15-8 run down the stretch, which wrapped up the straight-game triumph.
Kirstin Burnette led the South Gallia service attack with 12 points, followed by Taylor Burnette with 11 points and Erin Evans with six points. Jayla Wolford was next with four points, Courtney Haner added three points, and both Mariah Hineman and Caitlyn VanScoy chipped in two points apiece.
Wolford and Hineman led the host net attack with nine kills each, followed by Haner with eight kills. VanScoy and Taylor Burnette also had two kills apiece for the victors. Evans led the Lady Rebels with 10 assists and Taylor Burnette chipped in eight assists.
Morgan Lodwick led the MHS service attack with six points, followed by Devin Humphreys and Devyn Oliver with five points apiece. Jordan Roush also had three points for the Maroon and Gold.
Kassidy Betzing led the Meigs net attack with seven kills, followed by Humphreys with four kills and Alliyah Pullins with three kills. Allie Hanstine also had two kills in the setback, while Oliver led the guests with 14 assists.
The Lady Marauders have lost all six games they have played in this season, both of which have been on the road. Meigs dropped a straight-game decision at Federal Hocking earlier in the week.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.