Lady Tigers volleyball extends winning streak

RICHWOOD — After losing to the Willard Lady Crimson Flashes back on Saturday, August 26, the Galion Lady Tigers volleyball team has won their fourth consecutive game on Thursday evening. This victory came during a road trip to Richwood, where the Galion squad met up with Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference rival, the North Union Lady Wildcats.

The Lady Tigers needed four sets to defeat the host team (25-20, 25-19, 25-23 and 25-18) to improve to 6-1 overall in 2017 and now hold a MOAC record of 5-0.

Galion had three players finish with double-digit kill figures on Thursday evening, with Marisa Gwinner leading the way with 23. Samantha Comer and Gillian Miller turned in 10-kill performances for the Tigers’ offense in the victory over the Lady ‘Cats. Jaden Ivy and Kasidee Sinclair recorded eight and seven kills, respectively for head coach Jaime Valentine’s squad.

Kayla Hardy was once again the primary ball handler in charge of setting up the Galion attack game. Hardy finished the contest 111/115 setting en route to 49 assists. In total, the Tigers posted 55 assists. Ivy recorded two and Gwinner, Miller, Kate Schieber and Nicole Thomas chimed in with one assist apiece.

From the service line, the Lady Tigers netted 54 points and 11 aces on 79/89 serving.

Leading the way was Abby Foust, going 16/17 with 13 points and three aces. Ivy went 12/14 with 11 points and an ace for the visitors in the win. Hardy also scored in double-digits for the Tigers with a perfect 16/16 performance to earn 10 points and three aces.

Other service stats for Galion: Gwinner- 6/7, 4 points; Schieber- 5/8, 4 points and an ace; Thomas- 11/13, 3 points and an ace and Sinclair- 13/14, 9 points and 2 aces.

Defensively, the streaking Tigers recorded 86 digs and six total blocks throughout Thursday’s victory.

Ivy led the way with 18 digs while Hardy and Thomas notched 15 digs apiece. Sinclair and Gwinner also reached double-digit dig numbers with 13 each. Schieber and Comer had four digs apiece, Foust had three and Miller, one.

As for the blocks, it was Gwinner and Miler turning in three block performances to lead the way. Claire Miller, Ivy and Comer also assisted on one block each.

The Lady Tigers look to keep their winning streak alive when they welcome the Upper Sandusky Lady Rams to town on Monday, September 11 for a non-conference meeting. Galion will be back in MOAC play, at home on Tuesday against the visiting Ontario Lady Warriors.

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By Chad Clinger

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