Tigers volleyball spikes Vikings


GALION — The Galion Lady Tigers volleyball team welcomed the River Valley Lady Vikings to town on Tuesday evening to compete in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference play.

Galion was able to bounce back after a lopsided loss last Saturday to Willard and defeated River Vally in three sets; 25-12, 27-25 and 25-13. With the home victory, the Lady Tigers improve to 3-1 overall and are 2-0 in the MOAC.

While the offense struggled against the Crimson Flashes last Saturday, it picked right back up against the rival Vikings.

The Lady Tigers racked up 43 points off of the serve on Tuesday night, lead by a 14/15 performance by junior Abby Foust. Foust recorded three aces en route to earning 13 points for the home team. Nicole Thomas also contributed big number for Galion, going 11/12 from the service line while notching two aces and 10 points.

Other service stats for the Tigers were: Marisa Gwinner- 7/7, 5 points and an ace; Jaden Ivy- 7/8, 5 points; Kayla Hardy- 6/7, 4 points and Kate Schieber- 6/7, 6 points and an ace.

Usual names topped the attacks list for the Lady Tigers against the visiting Vikings. Gwinner, alongside freshman Samantha Comer combined for 31 kills on Tuesday night (Gwinner- 17 and Comer- 14). Ivy added eight kills for the home team while Gracie Groves chimed in with three and Gillian Miller one. In total, Galion threw down 43 kills as a team.

Hardy was once again the primary ballhandler for the Galion squad, going 85/88 with 35 of the 38 Tigers’ assists. Gwinner, Ivy and Schieber each recorded one assist as well for the Tigers in the victory.

Defensively, the home team tightened up to set up the ferocious Tigers’ offense.

With 68 total digs on Tuesday, Galion often returned the River Valley offensive attacks with one of their own. The freshmen duo of Ivy and Hardy both dug out 13 Vikings’ kill attempts. Gwinner racked up 12 digs as well and Thomas was also in double figures with 11.

Other defensive stats for the Tigers were: Comer- 5 digs; Claire Miller- 2 digs; Schieber- 5 digs; Groves- dig and Foust- 6 digs.

“After a great week last week, including the big win over Pleasant, we had the rough game Saturday. Tonight, we had to regroup and refocus,” says Galion head coach Jaime Valentine. “We had to switch rotations, figure out a line up that worked and we had some kids step up and I was pleasantly pleased with the result,” Valentine concluded post-game.

The Lady Tigers will look to keep their newfound momentum going when they travel to Marion on Thursday, August 31 to clash with the Harding Prexies in conference action.

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Erin Miller | Galion Inquirer Galion captain Marisa Gwinner prepares to set up the Lady Tigers offense while Gillian Miller looks on. Galion defeated the visiting River Valley Lady Vikings in MOAC action on Tuesday in three sets to improve to 3-1 overall.
http://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2017/08/web1_Gwinner-and-Gillian-Miller.jpgErin Miller | Galion Inquirer Galion captain Marisa Gwinner prepares to set up the Lady Tigers offense while Gillian Miller looks on. Galion defeated the visiting River Valley Lady Vikings in MOAC action on Tuesday in three sets to improve to 3-1 overall.

By Chad Clinger

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