Lady Tigers cruise to a pair of MOAC wins


Drop thriller to Watterson for first loss

By Chad Clinger - cclinger@aimmediamidwest.com



Photo submitted courtesy of Erin Miller The Galion Lady Tigers Taylor Keeran serves during Thursday’s road contest at Harding. Keeran, who played for the Prexies her first three years, and Galion swept their hosts in three sets to improve to 4-1 overall in 2019, including a perfect, 3-0 mark in conference play.

Photo submitted courtesy of Erin Miller The Galion Lady Tigers Taylor Keeran serves during Thursday’s road contest at Harding. Keeran, who played for the Prexies her first three years, and Galion swept their hosts in three sets to improve to 4-1 overall in 2019, including a perfect, 3-0 mark in conference play.


Galion 3, Harding 0

MARION — The Galion Lady Tigers put the wraps on their busy week, playing in their third game in as many days on Thursday, on the road at Marion Harding.

The Prexies proved to be no match for the Tigers as Galion took the match in three sets; 25-6, 25-9, 25-12. With the victory, the Tigers move to 4-1 overall on the season and 3-0 in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference play.

As a team, Galion would post 34 kills on 29 assists and record 28 digs and seven blocks all while going 69/75 at the service line en route to 50 points on 15 team aces. On service reception, the Lady Tigers posted an impressive, 53/56 clip.

Taylor Keeran led the way in the kills category in her return to her former school, racking up a team-high 12 in the victory. Samantha Comer also finished in double-figures, throwing down 10. Jaden Ivy finished with four kills while Kerrigan Myers and Gillian Miller netted three. Brooklyn Cosey rounded out the statistical category with a pair of winners. Kayla Hardy recorded all 29 assists on the evening for the visitors.

Five different players got involved in the Galion block party on Thursday, led by four blocks from Keeran. Comer posted a pair of blocks and the trio of Ivy, Miller and Ady Monk recorded one block apiece.

Serving statistics for the Lady Tigers against the Prexies were: Comer- 13/13, 10 points, 5 aces; Keeran- 3/6, 3 points, 1 ace; Ivy- 20/20, 15 points, 5 aces; Hardy- 8/8, 1 point, 1 ace; Monk- 1/1; Kate Schieber- 9/10, 8 points; Thomas- 12/13, 10 points, 2 aces and Kierra Pigg- 4/4, 3 points, 1 ace.

Additional defensive stats for Galion on Thursday were: Thomas- 10 digs; Ivy- 5 digs; Schieber- 3 digs; Monk- 2 digs; Myers- 2 digs; Comer, Keeran, Miller, Cosey, Hardy and Pigg- 1 dig apiece.

The Lady Tigers will return to their home floor on Tuesday, September 3 when they welcome the Clear Fork Lady Colts to town. Wednesday will see Galion on the road at Willard in non-conference play before they travel to Shelby to clash with the hosting Lady Whippets on Thursday in MOAC action.

Bishop Watterson 3, Galion 2

COLUMBUS —For their second contest in as many nights, the Galion Lady Tigers volleyball squad headed south to Columbus to face-off against the Bishop Watterson Lady Eagles in non-conference play on Wednesday.

The contest would go the grueling distance with the eventual victory going to the hosting Lady Eagles after the five sets; 25-15, 22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-17. With the defeat, Galion is handed their first loss of the early season and now sit at 3-1 overall and remain 2-0 in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference play.

Things would appear to begin promising for the Lady Tigers as they cruised to the 10-point victory in set number one. However, Watterson had other ideas, bouncing back and gaining the momentum with victories in sets two and three. Down to potentially the final set, Galion welcomed the test and knotted things up at two set victories apiece to force the decisive fifth. Bishop Watterson would have to fight off the Tigers’ attack and would eventually put the match away by gaining the two-point victory necessary once both teams hit 15 in the fifth set.

Comer would have another huge night for the visitors as she led the team in kills with 20, picked up four aces and eight points on a 17/18 serving performance while also tallying two blocks and 15 digs on the defensive side of the net.

Keeran hit double-digits in the kill category as well on Wednesday, throwing down 14 kills while Ivy racked up nine. Miller finished the night with six kills and Myers rounded out the statistical category with a pair of kills.

Hardy notched 44 of the 49 Galion assists in the loss with the others belong to Thomas (2), Ivy (2) and Keeran (1). Hardy also served well against the Lady Eagles, finishing at a 21/24 clip that earned 14 points and an ace while netting seven digs defensively.

Other stats from the Lady Tigers’ road contest on Wednesday were: Keeran- 13/15 serving, 8 points, 1 ace, 4 blocks, 5 digs; Ivy- 15/15 serving, 9 points, 3 aces, 3 blocks, 16 digs; Schieber- 11/12 serving, 5 points, 8 digs; Thomas- 15/15 serving, 6 points, 1 ace, 19 digs; Myers- 4 blocks, 1 dig and Miller- 4 blocks, 1 dig.

Galion 3, River Valley 0

GALION — Riding a 2-0 start to begin the 2019 season, the Galion Lady Tigers volleyball squad returned to their home floor on Tuesday evening to square off against a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference foe in the likes of the visiting River Valley Lady Vikings.

After a relatively routine first set that saw the home squad emerge on top by a score of 25-16, the two teams entered the pivotal second set. River Valley would provide more of a push in set two but the Lady Tigers would showcase their grit to take the set victory and put themselves up 2-0; 25-23.

Finding themselves down to their final opportunity to extend the match, the Lady Vikings continued to push. In a back and forth contest however, it would be Galion once again buckling down and eventually taking the set and the match by capturing the third set; 27-25.

With the victory, the Lady Tigers move to 3-0 overall on the early season, including a 2-0 mark in MOAC play. River Valley falls to 3-2 on the year and 0-1 in conference play.

As a team on Tuesday evening, Galion recorded 40 kills on 34 assists, racked up six total blocks and finished with 59 digs. At the service line, the Tigers went 57/67 on the night en route to 37 points on nine aces. On service reception, the home team appeared to struggle a bit as they wrapped their victory at 88/99.

Comer and Keeran both finished with double-digit kill figures on the night to lead the way for the Galion attack. Comer threw down 13 kills while Keeran chipped in 10. Ivy picked up seven kills and Myers recorded five. Hardy and Miller rounded out the statistical category with four kills and a kill, respectively.

Hardy was the primary ball handler on the evening for the home squad, earning 31 of the 34 assists while Ivy notched two assists and Comer, one assist.

Serving statistics for the Lady Tigers against River Valley were: Comer- 11/13, 5 points; Keeran- 6/8, 5 points, 4 aces; Ivy- 9/11, 10 points, 1 ace; Hardy- 8/9, 3 points, 1 ace; Schieber- 10/11, 4 points and Thomas- 13/15, 10 points, 3 aces.

Defensively, Thomas and Ivy sat atop the digs category, earning 20 and 13, respectively. The block party at the net for Galion saw Keeran record three blocks, Comer picking up two and Myers, Ivy, Miller and Hardy all contributing one block apiece.

Photo submitted courtesy of Erin Miller The Galion Lady Tigers Taylor Keeran serves during Thursday’s road contest at Harding. Keeran, who played for the Prexies her first three years, and Galion swept their hosts in three sets to improve to 4-1 overall in 2019, including a perfect, 3-0 mark in conference play.
https://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2019/08/web1_Taylor-Keeran.jpgPhoto submitted courtesy of Erin Miller The Galion Lady Tigers Taylor Keeran serves during Thursday’s road contest at Harding. Keeran, who played for the Prexies her first three years, and Galion swept their hosts in three sets to improve to 4-1 overall in 2019, including a perfect, 3-0 mark in conference play.
Drop thriller to Watterson for first loss

By Chad Clinger

cclinger@aimmediamidwest.com

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