Lady Pilots Starting Strong In Volleyball Action
Amanda Bennett scored 43 points in two volleyball matches to lead the Lady Pilots to victories over Beallsville 25-6, 25-9 and 25-13 Aug. 29; Linsly, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-19 Aug. 28.
Against the Blue Devils, Bennett pumped in a career-high 27 markers, including four aces, while Brissa Marshall added 13 points, three service aces and made seven digs to pace the Lady Pilot victory.
Mackenzie Wade and Mackenzie Marshall combined for 20 points, with Wade adding 17 digs and Marshall three aces. Jensen Caretti followed with five points, one ace and eight kills, while Monica Curtis slipped in four points, one ace, two assists and one dig. Bailey Caldwell ended the Pilot scoring with three points, one ace and one dig.
In the contest with Linsly, Bennett served up 16 points, while Mackenzie Marshall recorded up 17 points, including one ace, and made five kills to pace the Lady Pilots.
Curtis and Wade teamed for 83 assists, with Wade tacked on 14 points and Curtis added seven markers. Caretti scored four points and deposited 19 kills and three blocks, while Caldwell scored six points and Brissa Marshall contributed a service point and six kills.
After losing its first two sets 25-23 and 25-22 against Monroe Central, the Lady Pilots would win 19-25, 18-25 and 13-15 to best their county rival in five sets and win the match Sept. 2 in Woodsfield.
Amanda “Bam-Bam” Bennett scored 30 service points in the match, including four service aces, while the defending OVAC Class-AA MVP Jensen Caretti put-back 25 kills and blocked 16 shots to lead the way. Monica Curtis distributed 23 assists and Mackenzie Wade 10 assists.
In the opening set, Caretti earned seven points with her outstanding kills, while Mackenzie Marshall and Bailey Caldwell each added three.
Marshall scored five service points, including a pair of service aces in the set, while Caretti slammed 17 spikes with five going for kills and Caldwell jacked 10, with two going for kills.
Marshall slapped eight with one kill, while Caretti and Caldwell each made a block. Mackenzie Wade and Monica Curtis each made 14 sets.
In the second set Curtis, Caretti, Wade, Marshall and Bennett each had double-digit attempts in the set, with Caretti and Marshall each earning eight points. Marshall ended up with three kills and as many dinks, while Wade had six service points. Bennett and Marshall each tacked on four.
Caretti roughed up the Lady Seminoles in the set, blasting 19 at the net, six of which went for kills. Marshall hammered 11, with one going as a kill. Caretti also made two blocks, while Curtis and Wade each had 30 sets.
In the third set, the Lady Pilots started to heat up, outscoring the Lady ‘Noles 25-19 for their first set victory of the night. Once again, five Pilot spikers made double-digit attempts, with Caretti getting her paw on the ball the most at the net. She earned 10 of 25 points, with Bennett being credited with 10 points from her serves.
Makenzie Marshall added another service ace, while Caretti and Marshall each had double-digit spike attempts. Bennett made two blocks in the set, while Curtis added 24 sets and Wade added nine.
The Big Red Machine went into overdrive, as the Pilots outscored Monroe 25-18 to force a tie-breaker. Caretti showed why she is the reigning OVAC Class-AA MVP, while Bennett tallied eight service points and Curtis had four in the set.
Both Bennett and Caretti had a service ace, while Caretti, Caldwell and Marshall were a force at the net blasting spikes. Caretti added six blocks in the set, while Caldwell blocked two. Curtis made 19 sets and Wade set up nine.
In the tie-breaking fifth set, neither team would give in. But, when the smoke cleared, it was the PIlots getting the 15-12 set victory and the match.
Bennett did the heavy lifting with seven service points, two of which came as service aces. Marshall tallied three points from the stripe, while Caretti netted a service ace. Caretti and Marshall each had double-digit spikes in the set, while Bennett and Caretti shared four blocks. Curtis added 13 sets.
The Lady Pilots knocked off the Wheeling Central Lady Maroon Knights 25-23, 25-5 and 26-24 to win the match in three straight sets at Wheeling Sept. 4.
Caretti had a monster game for the Pilots. She scored eight points, drilled 15 kills, eight digs and made three blocks. Wade tallied 17 points, including five service aces to lead the River team.
Bennett added nine markers, while Brissa Marshall netted four, Curtis two, and Caldwell, one point.
The Shenandoah Zeps defeated the Lady Pilots in straight sets 25-9, 25-14 and 25-12 Sept. 6.
The Lady Pilots were on their heels all night and had to make 61 digs, while making six blocks and had seven service aces. Curtis led the scoring with five points.
The Lady Pilots defeated the Linsly Cadets for the second time this season Sept. 8, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-11.
Mackenzie Marshall led all scorers with 17 points that included eight service aces, while Caretti tacked on nine points, added four digs and 19 kills to lead the Lady Pilots.
In addition, Bennett followed with eight points and three aces, while Brissa Marshall netted four points, two by service ace. Wade and Curtis teamed for 23 assists, with Curtis adding eight markers and Wade making five digs.