SALINEVILLE OH- In a thrilling five-set showdown, Southern secured a remarkable victory over Wellsville with set scores of 25-21, 19-25, 13-25, 30-28, and 15-12. This triumph marked a significant turning point for Southern, ending a long-standing losing streak against Wellsville and halting the latter’s remarkable run of consecutive titles.

Southern, with a record of 15-3 (10-3), displayed tremendous determination and resilience throughout the match. Ashley Shroades was a force to be reckoned with, recording a remarkable 25 kills, showcasing her prowess as an offensive powerhouse.

Rylee Mellott orchestrated the offense brilliantly, contributing 40 assists to her team’s victory. Her precise setting and decision-making were instrumental in Southern’s success.

Hannah Reynolds proved to be a formidable presence at the net, tallying 12 kills and an impressive 8 blocks. Her defensive prowess and ability to thwart Wellsville’s attacks were crucial in the match.

Kennedy Lewis anchored the defense with 18 digs, ensuring that Wellsville’s offensive onslaught was met with solid resistance.

This victory not only snapped Southern’s 11-game losing streak against Wellsville but also brought an end to Wellsville’s remarkable five-year streak of consecutive titles in the EOAC.

On the Wellsville side, Presley Stokes led the charge with an incredible 31 kills, displaying her dominance as an offensive force. Bella Poppelriter contributed 7 kills and 2 aces, while Makenzie Nixon orchestrated the offense with 38 assists and added 7 kills of her own.

Southern looks to build on this momentum as they face United at home next, while Wellsville aims to rebound in their upcoming match against Columbiana at home.