PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — There’s a first time for everything, unfortunately for the Blue Angels there’s a second time for somethings.
The Gallia Academy volleyball team — which clinched at least a share of its first ever Ohio Valley Conference title on Thursday when Portsmouth lost to South Point — dropped its second match of the season Monday night, falling to OVC host Portsmouth in five games.
The Blue Angels (18-2, 12-1 OVC) — who are ranked 14th in the latest OHSVCA Division II Coaches Poll — surrendered a 3-2 lead in the opening game and the Lady Trojans (15-5, 12-2) never relinquished the advantage. PHS led by as many as seven in the first and held on for the 25-19 triumph.
Gallia Academy fell behind again in the second game, as Portsmouth built a 17-11 lead. The Blue Angels battled back to take a 20-19 lead and kept the momentum rolling to a 25-22 victory, tying the match at one game apiece.
After exchanging leads early in the third game, Portsmouth rallied to tie the game at 17. The Lady Trojans then scored eight of the next 11 points to take the third by a 25-20 tally.
Down 2-1 in the match, Gallia Academy charged out to a 13-7 lead in the fourth game. However, PHS battled all the way back to take a 19-16 lead, which forced the Blue Angels to call a timeout. The Blue and White outscored Portsmouth 9-to-2 over the remainder of the fourth and won the game by a 25-21 final mark.
In their first Game 5 of the season, the Blue Angels jumped out to a 7-3 lead. GAHS held the lead at 13-11, but Portsmouth scored four straight points to take the fifth by a 15-13 final, and the match by a 3-2 tally.
Gallia Academy was led by freshman Ashton Webb with 15 points and four aces, followed by junior Brooke Pasquale with 11 points and five aces. Carly Shriver posted seven points and one ace, Grace Martin added six points and three aces, while Abby Wood, Ryleigh Caldwell and Jenna Meadows each had five points, featuring two aces apiece by Wood and Caldwell and one ace by Meadows.
Martin led GAHS at the net with 10 kills, four blocks and 10 assists, followed by Meadows with nine kills and two blocks. Webb finished with six kills and three blocks, Caldwell added four kills, Jordan Walker contributed two kills and one block, while Shriver had two kills and a team-best 14 assists. Pasquale led the Blue Angel defense with 27 digs, followed by Shriver with 20 and Meadows with 17.
Gallia Academy faced Coal Grove on Tuesday in attempt to win the Ohio Valley Conference outright. The Blue Angels will return to action on Thursday when they host Jackson in Gallia Academy’s final Southeastern Ohio Athletic League match.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.