Gallia Academy sweeps Lady Dragons

By Alex Hawley -

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — Perfection never seemed so, well, perfect.

The Gallia Academy volleyball team defeated Ohio Valley Conference host Fairland in straight games on Thursday in Lawrence County, finishing off the Blue Angels second straight perfect league campaign, this time winning all-14 matches without dropping a single game.

Gallia Academy (19-3, 14-0 OVC) — which also swept every league team twice in 2016 — never trailed for the second straight match.

In the opening game, the Blue Angels boasted a perfect side-out percentage en route to a 25-10 victory over the Lady Dragons — who finish no worse than runner-up in the eight team league with a 11-3 record.

The Blue and White led 17-5 in the second game before allowing their first service point of the match. GAHS responded with eight straight markers to take Game 2 by a 25-6 final.

After a 1-all tie in the third game, GAHS scored the next four points and led the rest of the way to the match-clinching 25-17 victory.

Peri Martin led the Gallia Academy service with 11 points, followed by Alex Barnes with 10. Aubrey Unroe earned eight service points in the win, Taylor Burnette added seven, while Ashton Webb came up with four markers.

Gallia Academy’s service attack was rounded out by Bailey Barnette and Maddy Petro, with three and two points respectively.

GAHS also claimed a straight games win over Fairland on Sept. 13 in Centenary.

The Blue Angels — the No. 2 seed in the Division II district bracket — will be back on their home court for their sectional opener against seventh-seeded Jackson on Wednesday.

By Alex Hawley

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.