GALION — The Galion High School volleyball team defended home court on Tuesday evening with a 3-0 clean sweep of visiting Marion Harding.
“We were ready to get back on a groove and start a winning streak,” Galion head coach Kathleen Scott said happily after her team’s win. The Lady Tigers dropped a Mid Ohio Athletic Conference match to River Valley by a 3-1 count last Thursday, ending a three-match winning streak for Galion.
Galion (9-3, 6-2 Mid Ohio Athletic Conference) started this one off strong. The Tigers won the first set by a score of 25-11. At one point, Galion was able to build a 17-4 lead early on in the set.
“I think it’s huge for us to start quick. Losing one to River Valley set us back a little bit,” Scott explained. “We have a couple girls out with, so it kind of screwed with the lineup a little bit.”
The Tigers again proved to be dominant in the second set. Galion was able to churn out a 25-10 win. Harding (4-8, 0-8 MOAC) did not lead again after taking an early 1-0 lead in the set.
Sophomore Ashley Dyer was money for the Tigers over the top. Dyer led the team in kills, as she normally does.
“Ashley is a great hitter overall. Anytime I tell her to hit a spot she hits the spot. For her to be spot on with everything is huge for us,” Scott said of her talented front line player.
The third set was much more competitive. Galion won the set 26-24 to close out the sweep. The Presidents led 22-20 before Galion was able to storm back and finish it out.
“Biggest thing for us is anytime the lineup changes we can’t talk to eachother,” Scott said after a tough third set. “We are trying to prepare for that before tournament time, with players out and everything going on.”
Galion travels to Clear Fork on Thursday evening as MOAC play continues. The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Colts 3-0 in the previous matchup between the two programs this season.
Galion’s road trip continues on Monday when they travel to Monroeville. The Lady Tigers return home on Tuesday to face Shelby and then entertain Ontario next Thursday to close out the September schedule.
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