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Eagles Defeat Madonna For Region I, Section I Crown

Blue Eagles Fall Short In Regional; Earn Trip To State Friday

November 13, 2013
By Bruce Crawford , Wetzel Chronicle

Magnolia's Kelsi Chapman nailed down a game-high eight service aces in her 23-point performance, while Cierra Fowler plated 18 kills to lead the new look Eagles to their second consecutive WVSSAC Region I, Section I crown, defeating Weirton Madonna Nov. 7 at Wheeling Central Gymnasium.

In the first set, the score see-sawed until a Madonna net serve that turned the ball over to Magnolia. It was Madonna's first of three net serves in the set and the seventh in the match. The Blue Dons stayed within reach of the Eagles, thanks to four bad serves from Magnolia. The Lady Eagles has eight bad serves in the match.

Even so, Taylor Ludewig scored a service point and Ashley Moore got two service aces, including the game-winner. Mallory Chapman nailed down six kills, while Fowler jacked six kills to power Magnolia to a 25-18 victory.

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In the second set, Ludewig racked up eight straight points, including a pair of aces, to give the Big Blue a 8-1 advantage. Mallory Chapman added an ace, Fowler made a kill that combined with other points to extend the Eagles' lead to 11-3. Madonna then made an ace and won a five-minute volley to cut their deficit to 12-6.

Madonna got tangled up in the net to give Magnolia two straight points, but won another long volley to gain a point. Kelsi Chapman then scored four service aces, in between powerful kills by Fowler, to give Magnolia a commanding 19-9 advantage.

Mallory would smack three kills, while Ludewig drilled another one to finish off set two with a 25-13 victory.

In the third set, Magnolia took a 2-0 lead after a Mallory Chapman kill, and would take a 4-2 advantage after another Ludewig service perfection. However, the Blue Dons would take the lead at 6-5 before Fowler started to heat up with her first of eight kills. Kelsi Chapman added four more service aces to help give the Eagles a 20-7 lead after a Fowler block.

Madonna wouldn't go down quietly, scoring on a pair of kills and a block. But, Mallory Chapman added two more kills and Fowler would get the game winner with her 16th kill.

Besides Fowler and Kelsi Chapman's heroics, Ludewig added 19 points, including five service aces, while Mallory Chapman tacked on eight points, 13 kills and 20 digs.

In addition, Bailey Estep dished out 35 assists, while scoring six points and making five digs in her best performance of the season. Grace Berisford netted five points, including a pair of aces, while contributing seven digs and Evan Estep added a dig. Last but not least Ashley Moore tacked on eight points, including a pair of service aces, while hitting the floor with a dozen digs.

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Lady Eagle Grace Berisford tallied 20 service points, including for aces, while Bailey Estep dished out 30 assists and Cierra Fowler drilled a game-high 15 kills to lead Magnolia to 25-18, 25-16 and a 25-9 victory over Wheeling Central in the semifinals of the Region I, Section I WVSSAC Class-A volleyball playoffs.

Berisford also had a trio of digs, while Estep tacked on eight points, two aces, two blocks and made three digs. In addition to her massive kills, Fowler made two blocks and contributed a pair of digs, while Taylor Ludewig produced 15 points, including a pair of service aces and made two digs.

Also contributing to the victory were, Kelsi Chapman with 12 points, four service aces, while Mallory Chapman nailed down 11 points, two aces, eight digs and made dented the Maroon Knights gym floor with 11 heart-stomping kills that put her over 1,000 career kills. Ashley Moore contributed seven points, 10 digs and made one kill.

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Both Tyler Consolidated and the Magnolia Blue Eagles breezed to easy victories in the semifinals over Madonna and Paden City, respectively, in the Region I West Virginia Class A volleyball tournament at TCHS, Nov. 9 to punch their tickets to the WVSSAC State Volleyball Tournament in Charleston this weekend.

The Lady Eagles won the first set 25-21 for the early edge. However, it was short-lived, as the Lady Knights won the next three sets to win the championship match, 25-17, 25-13 and 25-12.

Even though the Eagles settled for second, there was some consolation in knowing they will still be in Charleston later this week. "We knew what we had accomplished after beating Paden City," said MHS Head Coach Pam Chapman, "but the girls still wanted that game bad. I told them afterwards to be proud of how they played and reminded them they still going to the state tournament."

Mallory Chapman had a triple double, scoring 16 points, blasting 16 kills and making 12 digs, while blocking nine shots. Cierra Fowler belted 12 kills and blocked nine shots to pace the Lady Eagle attack. Taylor Ludewig scored 14 points and made eight digs, while Grace Berisford contributed nine points and seven digs and Bailey Estep scored 11 points and made 30 assists.

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In the semi final match with Paden City, it was Kelsi Chapman's game-high 22 points and six digs that lead the Eagles to 25-9, 25-17 and 25-12 victories.

Mallory Chapman accounted for 18 service points and seven kills, four blocks and six digs, while Fowler blasted 16 kills and made seven blocks. Ashley Moore scored four points and had eight digs, while Bailey Estep was credited with four points, 24 assists, four digs and four blocks.

For the Wildcats, Megan Pierce tallied nine markers and made three kills, while Taylor Cosper dished out 16 assists and scored four points. Graeson Baker tallied seven markers and made four kills, while Haley Hizer contributed four service points.

In addition, Myah Charkawi finished with six markers, while Cydney Blatt added five points and belted four kills. Chelsea Baker scored two points and smacked two kills, while Kallie Arnett belted four kills and Abigail Still contributed five digs.

Then Lady Wildcats will lose only Charkawi to graduation, while the Eagles will lose seniors Moore and Mallory Chapman.

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The Paden City Wildcats' Taylor Cosper tallied 19 points, including a pair of aces, and dished out 37 assists on 87 sets to lead Paden City to 25-14, 25-14 and 25-18 wins over Clay-Battelle Nov. 5 in the Region I Section II semifinal matchup at Paden City. Cosper also put back two kills.

Myah Charkawi nailed down 15 points, including three perfectly placed service aces, while adding a kill and two digs. Graeson Baker netted 14 points, one ace, eight kills, four digs and made 17 sets, while Sydney Blatt tacked on 12 points, two aces and made seven kills.

In addition, Haley Hizer blasted away a game-high 17 kills, scored eight points, and had one service ace, while teammate Megan Pierce drilled nine points and scored nine points. In addition, Kallie Arnett belted four kills off the bench.

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Lady 'Cat Hilary Hizer's six points, 11 kills and a dig weren't enough to stop Tyler Consolidated from winning its second straight Section II Region I volleyball semifinal Nov. 6, 25-19, 25-9 and 25-13 in Bob Burton Gymnasium.

Paden City stayed right with the defending WVSSAC Class-A runnerups in the first set, thanks, in part, to Hizer's heavy hitting that included seven of her team-high 11 kills. Teammate Taylor Cosper dished out nine of her team-high 14 assists and scored two of her seven points that included an ace.

However, the Lady Knights rocked the gym floor with eight of their game-high 38 kills and four of their 28 blocks to break away and win the first set, 25-19.

Thereafter, it was lights out as Tyler controlled the net and took away any chance the Paden City Mason-Dixon Champions had of overcoming them, winning in impressive fashion, 25-9 and 25-13 in the next two sets to get the nod.

Graeson Baker paced the Lady 'Cats with nine markers, including two service aces, and added six assists, two kills and made a pair of digs. Myah Charkawi, Paden City's lone senior, contributed eight points, two assists and four digs. Megan Pierce scored seven markers, added three kills and a dig, while Cydney Blatt chipped in with three points, three kills and a dig.

In addition, Kallie Arnett and Dezirae Middleton each made a kill, while Abbi Still made a dig and Chelsea Baker added a point to the Wildcat cause.

The Lady Silver Knights were led by Bridget Matthews with 13 points, seven blocks, seven kills and four digs, while Megan Carpenter followed with eight points, 11 kills and eight blocks.

 
 

 

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