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Altavista tops Galax 3-1

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Galax ends third straight season in state semifinals.

By The Gazette

 RICHMOND –– Galax jumped out to an early one-set lead but Altavista pulled out close wins in the next two sets and ended the Maroon Tide’s season 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 in the Group 1A state volleyball semifinals Friday morning at the Siegel Center.

The Maroon Tide, runners-up in the West Region, trailed just 19-18 in the second and 23-22 in the third before the East Region champion Colonels pulled out the wins to take a 2-1 match lead.

JMU-bound Sydney Morris led Altavista (22-1) with 19 kills and Victoria Burgess put up 42 assists.

Paige Hanks, Lindsey Ayers and Morgan Neff had six kills apiece for the Maroon Tide on 22 Susan Davis assists.

See Monday’s print edition for full coverage.