Volleyball Action Heats Up The Valley
The Lady Hornets buckled down within and fought the good fight. However, in the end, they couldn’t contain the heavy onslaught of West Greene, losing in straight sets 25-13, 25-12 and 25-20 inside the Hornets Nest Sept. 18.
Paige Shriver paced Hundred with five kills, five digs and a very pretty jump-serve ace that no one could touch. Josie Phillips was making sets from the net all the way to the back line and as far as the stands to get a set to give Hundred a chance to make a point. She ended up with five assists, two kills and a pair of digs.
In addition, Allie Hayes scored an ace and belted four kills, while Emily Rine contributed a trio of assists, with one kill and a block. Meliah Umstead made three digs a scored a kill. Mady Wheeler scored an ace, while adding a kill and a dig.
Grace Berisford had 34 service points and made 35 digs, while Kelsi Chapman nailed eight service aces towards her 22 points, 25 digs and seven kills. But, it wasn’t quite enough to get past the Ritchie County Lady Rebels 25-20, 19-25, 25-19 and 25-16 for the Magnolia squad’s first loss of the season Sept. 16 inside the MHS HammerDome.
Taylor Ludewig and Cierra Fowler each contributed 16 points, while combining on five service aces. Fowler laid to rest 16 kills and blocked six Lady Rebel shots, while Ludewig knocked down five kills. Bailey Estep scored five points and had five kills and blocked five, while Bailey Estep netted seven markers, two kills, and added 45 assists and blocked four shots.
Evan Estep had 17 service points, five kills and two blocks, but the Lady Eagles ran into a buzz-saw as Buckeye Trail gave the Blue Eagles their second loss of the season, 25-17, 25-16, 21-25 and 25-18 Sept. 18 at New Martinsville.
Ludewig added 15 points, including a pair of service aces, two kills and blocked a shot, while Fowler mustered 13 points, three aces, 12 kills and rejected six Trail shots at the net. Berisford netted 11 markers, while both Chapman and Bailey Estep accounted for nine points and five kills. Chapman also had three blocks.
The Paden City Lady Wildcat spikers pushed their regular season record to 9-1 after defeating Trinity and Cameron on Sept 16 and Bridgeport Sept. 15.
In the tri-match with Trinity and Cameron, Paden City whisked away with two-set victories, beating Trinity 25-18 and 25-19, while disposing of Cameron 25-14 and 25-15 on Sept. 16 inside the Cameron’s Den.
Against Trinity, Graeson Baker paced the Lady ‘Cats with 15 points, including three service aces, while Audrey Neff and Abigail Still each contributed nine points. Neff also made 65 sets with 18 assists, while Still pounded out eight kills and made three digs.
In addition, Hayley Hizer scored eight points and made four kills, while Megan Pierce tacked on five points, one ace and hand-delivered three kills. Taylor Cosper scored four points and had five digs, while Cydney Blatt smacked three kills. Dezirae Middleton added a digs for the Lady Wildcats.
In the victory over Cameron, Cosper and Neff each tallied 10 service points, with Neff blasting two kills and making eight assists on 27 sets to lead Paden City to victory.
Hizer was on her game as well, contributing nine points with two aces and making a pair of kills, while Blatt responded with seven points and two kills. In addition, Baker and Still each scored six points, with Still dropping in three service aces, six kills and blocking three shots, while Baker followed with a kill and four digs. Pierce made a kill, while Arnett added three kills and one block.
Against the Lady Bulldogs, it took five sets – 25-19, 25-22, 24-26 and 25-14 – for Paden City to get the job done against the Bridgeport Bulldogs Sept. 15 at home.
Five Lady ‘Cats scored in double-digits, led by Hizer’s 21 points and three service aces. Hizer added 20 kills, two digs and blocked a Bulldog shot. Baker followed with 18 points and one ace, while making 10 digs, eight assists on 35 sets, smacking two kills and blocking two shots.
In addition, Pierce and Cosper combined for 30 points, five aces and 12 kills, with Cosper tacking on 16 digs, while Still provided 12 points, including a pair of service aces, four digs and blasted 19 kills.
In addition, Neff added 10 points, two kills, four digs, 155 sets and 42 assists, while Blatt had eight service points, four kills and six digs. Arnett made four kills and Middleton added two kills and four digs.
The Lady ‘Cats owned the Valley Lumberjills and Notre Dame, winning in straight sets. Against Notre Dame, the Wildcats used 13 different players that got varsity stats, led by Pierce with 13 points and a kill, while Hizer and Baker combined for 22 points, five aces and five kills. Cosper and Neff added seven points, with Neff coming up with 10 assists on 26 sets.
In addition, Kallie Arnett added four kills and a block, while Still put away seven kills and blocked two at the net. Jenna Arnett came off the bench to tally five points, with three aces, while Madison Kelly made five sets and two assists. Kameron McClain scored two points, while Blatt, Middleton and Jenna Ferrebee each pounded a kill.
It was a little tougher for Paden City against the Lumberjills, winning 25-13 and 25-1, while only using eight players. The duo of Hizer and Pierce scored 22 points, with five aces, 12 kills and two blocks. Baker netted eight points, one ace, three kills and had a block.
In addition, Neff tallied nine points, two aces, with two kills and made 17 assists on 60 sets. Cosper contributed seven markers, two service aces, three kills and six digs. Still scored four points and led the ‘Cats with nine kills, while Blatt and Kallie Arnett teamed with seven kills and two blocks.
Mackenzie Marshall aced 11 of her game-high 17 points, while smacking three kills and making two digs to lead the River Pilots to a 25-10, 25-14 and 25-7 victory over the home-standing Valley Lumberjills Sept. 17 in Pine Grove.
The Lady ‘Jills couldn’t handle the Lady Pilots’ serve, as four girls combined for 18 service aces. Amanda Bennett added four aces to go along with her 13 points and two kills. Bailey Caldwell drilled two aces on her three service points, while adding three kills and one block. Mackenzie Wade knocked down one ace on 12 points, three kills and two digs.
In addition, Jensen Caretti tallied two points from the stripe, while belting out 18 kills, making three digs and blocking four ‘Jill shots. Monica Curtis followed with two service points, made three digs and dished out a game-high 17 assists. Brissa Marshall chipped in with seven digs.
For the young Lady ‘Jills, Rachel Baker made two spikes, two digs and blocked five Lady Pilot shots. Erin Brown, in her first game action of the season, drilled six spikes, made three digs and blocked three Pilot shots. Sarah Bassett contributed eight dinks, while Sammi “The Beast” Roberts drilled two spikes and made 10 digs. Bailea Underwood provided six digs, while Cassidy Price – on her second match of the season – had two spikes and had a service ace.
The Lady ‘Jills defeated the Beallsville Blue Devils, Sept. 22 in Pine Grove in four sets, while their junior varsity team won in two straight sets, .
Rachel Baker had a monster game for the Black and Gold, scoring 10 points, making 11 digs, smashing 10 spikes and blocking eight Blue Devil shots to pace the Valley spiker attack. Erin Brown, Sarah Bassett and Maggie Hornbeck each tallied six markers, while Brown contributed 11 spikes and three digs.
In addition, Cassidy Price and Bailea Underwood each netted four service points, while Price chipped in three digs and eight spikes. Sammi Roberts scored two points and made three digs, while Cassidy West made a dig. Amanda Sharpe tallied a service ace.
In the junior varsity contest, Deanna Davis scored a team-high five points, including a pair of service aces, while West, Hornbeck and Katie Bassett each provided four points. West also added four digs, two spikes and blocked a shot, while Bassett added an ace and a dig.
In addition, Amanda Sharpe and Grace Hayes each scored three markers, while Sharpe also contributed a service ace, two spikes, two digs and blocked a shot. Stehka Shum scored a service point and made a dig.