SHELBY — The Galion Tigers volleyball team was busy Saturday at the Shelby Invitational. The day saw the Tigers take on three different opponents; the Western Reserve Blue Devils, the Crestview Cougars and the hometown Shelby Whippets. Unfortunately, Galion was able to win just one set out of the seven they played.
First up was the team from Western Reserve. The Tigers fell in two sets against the Blue Devils; 17-25 and 24-26.
Morgan Gregory was 7/9 serving with seven points and three of the four aces for the team. Kasidee Sinclair added 10/10 serving with six points and the other ace. Gregory was the top ball handler again for the Tigers, going 58/59 with 17 of the team’s 18 assists on the match. Sinclair was active on the attack at 6/11 hitting and recording five kills. Marissa Gwinner was the primary attacker for Galion, going 12/18 hitting with six kills.
Galion also recorded 34 digs on the match. Ashley Flowers and Callie Wildenthaler had 13 apiece for the Tigers.
Next for the Tigers was the Crestview Cougars. Galion won the first set 25-18, but fell in the next two; 14-25 and 21-25.
Primary servers for this match were Dusty Thomas and Sinclair. Thomas went 15/16 from the service line with two points and Sinclair had 13 points while also going 15/16. Sinclair also contributed seven kills on 24/27 hitting on offense and 12 digs on defense, while Thomas had 10 digs. Wildenthaler added 10 digs as well. Gwinner was once again on the attack at 23/26 hitting for 12 total kills.
In this match, Gregory was 88/90 ball handling while recording 23 assists.
The final matchup on the day for Galion was the Shelby Whippets. Galion fell in straight sets; 17-25 and 26-28.
Sinclair and Gwinner were the primary servers against the Whippets. Sinclair was 9/9 and Gwinner 8/8 with two aces. Sinclair added nine digs in the defensive effort for the Tigers and Gwinner was 9/12 hitting with seven kills. Thomas added 17/18 hitting and three kills. Wildenthaler had 17 digs in this match for Galion.
Gregory was the main setup player for the Tigers at 70/72 handling and notching 17 of Galion’s total 18 assists.
With the three defeats on Saturday, Galion is now 4-8 on the year and 3-3 in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division. On Tuesday, the Tigers will travel to North Union to meet up with the Wildcats in MOAC play.
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