Exciting Volleyball Tri At PCHS
On Oct. 25 at Paden City High School a volleyball clash of Magnolia, Paden City and Williamstown high school rocked a jam packed the Bob Burton Gymnasium in high fashion.
The Williamstown Yellow Jackets took on the home-standing Paden City Wildcats in the opening of the best of three sets. It was nip and tuck the whole set and the Lady Wildcats held a 21-17 lead when the Lady ‘Jackets went on a 10-4 run to win 27-25 in OT.
After losing a set they could have won, the Lady Wildcats fell apart and Williamstown took them to the cleaners, winning 25-8 to win the match.
Heasley and Graeson Baker paced the Wildcats with eight points apiece, while Lynnsie Parsons tallied six markers. Haley Hizer netted five points, while Dominique Craft and Logan Cosper each scored three points. Cosper had 53 sets, while Craft and Heasley each recorded eight kills. Hizer, Craft and Heasley each produced five digs for Paden City.
The Lady Yellowjackets took on the Magnolia Blue Eagles in the second match. The first set was a carbon copy of the first set of the Paden City match. The Lady Eagles took a huge 23-17 advantage only to see Williamstown come storming back to win, 26-24.
The loss of the first could have done in the Lady Eagles, but in this set, the Lady Eagles didn’t lose their large lead by not substituting its top hitter, Jordan Babe. The Yellow Jackets couldn’t make a run with Babe in the lineup, and Magnolia went on to claim a much deserved 18-25 victory.
The tie-breaker was a set to remember, as both teams made nice attacks at the net and handled spikes with nice digs that made for long volleys, that had the crowd on its feet with applause for both teams. However, it would be Williamstown that would get the win to earn the tri-match with a 25-21 victory.
Emily Clegg tallied 15 points to pace the Eagles in the scoring department, while Makenzie Dawson followed with 14 points, and Emily Blake contributed 13 points. Babe netted 10 points, while Mallory Chapman tallied nine points and Lauren Clegg eight markers.
Cline also added 28 assists, while Babe and Chapman each rocked the Yellowjackets world with 11 kills apiece. Babe also had a game-high eight blocks, while Chapman had a game-high 15 digs. Blake and Dawson teamed with 22 digs, while Babe and Clegg each had five digs apiece.
The final match of the night at Bob Burton Gymnasium pitted the home-standing Lady ‘Cats against its county opponent, Magnolia. Just like the final set of the Magnolia-Williamstown match, the match was a classic too. Although the bigger Eagle team flexed its volleyball talents, the Lady ‘Cats would lay some down and dirty missiles of their own to keep the hard-charging Eagles some what gun shy at the net too.
However, nice digs from the ‘Cats Craft and Parsons and the Eagles Chapman, Blake and Dawson took away a lot of bombs that both teams were throwing at each other. The Eagles Blake, Lauren Cline and Dawson along with the ‘Cats Craft, Parsons and Cosper created good sets for their teammates to pound away at each other. And Cline and Cosper was equally diligent on defense and offense in creating scoring opportunities for Craft, Heasley, Chapman and Babe to put them away with their continuous spikes.
The Eagles Babe, Blake and Chapman stood their ground with blocks at the net as well as the Wildcats Heasley, Parsons and Heasley that made an exciting match.
However, the more experienced Blue Eagle team went on to claim a 25-19 and a 25-23 two-set match victory.
Craft had 11 points to pace the Lady Wildcats, while Cosper added eight points and 58 sets, including 18 assists. Heasley, Baker and Kelsey Loy teamed for 17 points. Heasley had a team-high seven kills, while Craft and Loy totaled 10 kills. Craft also had seven digs, including one at the end of the match that was outstanding.
For the Lady Eagles it was Babe and Blake with 15 points each, while Clegg chipped in with 10 markers. Cline, Chapman and Dawson combined for 15 points, with Cline earning top honors with 30 assists. Again it was Babe and Chapman leading the way with 11 kills each, while Chapman and Blake recording eight and seven digs respectively.