SANDUSKY — Galion saw its volleyball season come to an end on Thursday evening at the hands of Bellevue. The Lady Red won 3-1 to advance in the Division II volleyball tournament.
“I really love my seniors. They were very open minded with their fourth coach in four years,” Galion head coach Kathleen Davis said. “Next year we’re just going to keep pushing forward.”
The match was the final one for seniors Ady Monk, Kalyn Carroll, Dani Felder, and Emma Jutz.
Bellevue (14-9), the No. 4 seed in the district, started off the first set by securing an 8-7 lead and then extending it to 14-10. Galion was never able to get over the small lead by the Lady Red and dropped the first set 25-21.
Galion (15-8) dropped the second set to Bellevue by a score of 25-21. Galion led early 10-9 before Bellevue tied it up at 15 a piece. Galion had a couple critical errors late in the set to cause this one to get away from them.
“I don’t think they did anything new, just us not being able to adjust quick enough to the small things. Too many missed serves and it is not helping us,” Davis explained.
The No. 6 seed Tigers picked up a must-win set on the third go-round. Galion opened up with a 10-7 lead and then jumped out to a 21-14 advantage. Bellevue made it tough on Galion, but the Tigers maintained possession for a 25-23 win.
“Overall we played hard. We needed to focus on hitting spots a little bit. We made a little bit too many errors on our side, definitely serving,” Davis said.
The Lady Red held on to pick up the fourth set and the match win, 25-14. Bellevue jumped out to a 9-5 lead bad then made it 16-10. Galion was unable to put a nice run together in the set to give them a legit chance.
Bellevue will now face No. 2 seed Sandusky Perkins in the district semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at Seneca East High School. Perkins blanked No. 9 seed Shelby 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) to win a sectional championship on Thursday evening.
The other district semifinal match features top seed Vermilion and third seed Oak Harbor. Vermilion swept No. 12 seed Ontario 3-0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-8) and Oak Harbor was a 3-2 (19-25, 25-16, 26-24, 15-25, 15-11) winner against No. 7 seed Norwalk on Thursday evening.
The district championship match is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 28 at Seneca East.
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