GALION — The Galion Tigers volleyball team improved to 6-5 in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division play after defeating the visiting Marion Harding Prexies on Tuesday evening 22-25, 25-12, 25-21, 19-25, 15-10.
Galion relied heavily on the service game against Harding. As a team, the Tigers were 81/93 from the line with 49 points and seven aces. Leading the way was Morgan Gregory, who was 16/20 on the night with 11 points and two aces. Chloe McCleese was 15/17 with 11 points and an ace. Abby Foust and Callie Wildenthaler had 10 and nine points respectively and recorded one ace apiece. Marisa Gwinner added the other two aces for the Tigers.
Gwinner was also the main attacker against the Prexies. Although Harding did their best to stunt the attack of Gwinner at the net, she was still able to go 34/45 hitting with 25 kills. McCleese was also busy at the net, going 21/30 hitting with 10 kills. Dusty Thomas also added to the kill total with nine on 22/24 hitting. With the many contributing players, Galion racked up a total of 56 kills over the five sets. Gregory assisted on 49 of those kills while going 143/145 handling the ball.
The Tigers’ defense was very good, too. The Prexies brought a formidable attack at the net but Galion was up to the challenge. Gwinner and Kelsey Redman provided the front line defense for the match. Gwinner recorded six blocks on the night while Redman had three. This accounted for all nine of the Tigers’ blocks. As a team, Galion had 84 digs against Harding. Leading the way in this statistic was captain Wildenthaler with 20. McCleese added 18 more digs to keep the Prexies’ attack at bay. Nicole Thomas and Foust contributed 14 and 12 digs as well.
Galion is 7-12 overall this season. Their final regular season matchup is Oct. 11, at home, against Jonathon Alder. Alder is 14-4 overall and a perfect 10-0 in MOAC play. Galion is looking to avenge their September 15 loss to the Pioneers as they tune up for the MOAC Crossover on Oct. 13.
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