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River, Wetzel County Volleyball Team Action Detailed

By Staff | Oct 1, 2014


The Hundred Hornets Volleyball Team has won three of their last four matches, with the last one against the Cameron Dragons inside the Hornets Nest Sept. 22, in four sets, 25-19, 25-19, 24-26, and 25-18.

Mady Wheeler was lights out at the service line, scoring a season-high 12 aces, while Paige Shriver hand delivered 12 kills and four service aces to power the Lady Hornets in the victory. Defensively, Meliah Umstead recorded five digs, while Josie Phillips dished out eight assists.

In addition, Allie Hayes drilled five service aces while making two kills. Emily Rine followed with two aces and a kill, while Madeline Goff and Miranda Gray netted an ace and a kill, respectively.

Paden City/Bridgeport

Graeson Baker tipped the scale against the Lady Bulldogs Sept. 22 in Bridgeport with 24 points and three service aces, while adding nine digs, two aces, 36 sets and seven assists to lead Paden City to its 12th victory of the season against only one loss.

The ‘Cats won set one, 25-18, but lost the second set, 15-25. The Wildcats got by the Bulldogs in the third set, 25-23, and put them away rather easily, 25-15, to close out another impressive performance.

Audrey Neff made 155 sets with 28 assists to go along with 13 points, three kills, and three digs. Megan Pierce and Taylor Cosper each earned 15 points. Pierce also recorded five aces and Cosper two, while Pierce made eight kills and one block. Cosper also contributed 23 digs and two kills.

In addition, Haley Hizer had a game-high 18 kills and one block, while scoring 14 points and one service ace. Abby Still followed suit with nine points, 11 kills, six digs and assists, while rejecting three Lady Bulldog shots at the net. Cydney Blatt made seven kills, while Kallie Arnett made two and Dezirae Middleton made four digs.

River/Wheeling Central

Amanda Bennett fired 13 service aces on 33 points to lead the River Pilots to its home-opener victory against Wheeling Central Sept. 22 inside the newly-remodeled R.L. Potts Gymnasium. The Lady Pilots have been on the road since their season opener against Bellaire Aug. 25 as their gymnasium floor took on destructive water after being refurbished during the summer.

The Pilots jumped on the Maroon Knights as Bennett tilted the opening set in the Pilots favor with 15 points and six aces. Monica Curtis set up Jensen Caretti with seven kills to help the Big Red Machine to a 25-18 victory.

In the second set, the Lady Pilots scored 10 service aces, but Wheeling Central fought back and won the set 15-25, to break even in the match with a win apiece. Bennett had a team-high five aces on nine points, while Mackenzie Marshall added nine points and one ace in the second set.

The third set was a thriller from start to finish, with River outscoring Central 25-23 to gain the nod. Bennett scored a team-high nine points, including a pair of service aces, while Mackenzie Wade chipped in with six markers. Caretti smashed seven kills for the Lady Pilots in the match, while Curtis set the table with seven assists.

In the fourth set, the Pilots kept the heat on Wheeling Central and walked away with a 25-15 victory to win the match.

Besides Bennett’s stats, Caretti ended the night with 12 kills, five blocks, and scored two service aces, while Mackenzie Wade tacked on 12 points with two aces, four assists, and two digs. Marshall tallied 11 points and two aces, while Curtis added two points and 20 assists. Brissa Marshall, Bailey Caldwell, and Haylee Winkler each scored points with an ace.


The Lady Pilots served up 23 aces in a three-set match victory over the Beallsville Blue Devils Sept. 23 at Hannibal.

Wade drilled three aces and Mackenzie Marshall got two, while Caretti smacked seven kills and made two blocks to lead the Lady Pilots to a 25-8 victory in the opening set.

In the second set, the Pilots bumped it up a notch with eight service aces. Curtis led the charge with five of them and Mackenzie Marshall provided the power with three kills in a 25-12 second-set victory. River stayed the course in the third set with eight service perfections, with both Marshall and Curtis providing three, while Wade tacked on seven points and Bennett four points.

For the match, Wade led the way offensively with 26 points and seven aces, while Mackenzie Marshall added 11 markers with seven aces. Curtis tallied nine points and Bennett five with three aces. Caretti had one service ace and led the defense initiative with nine kills and two blocks. Brissa Marshall made six digs, while both Mackenzie Marshall and Wade had five digs each.


Kelsi Chapman paced four Magnolia double-digit scorers with 20 points to help them get back on track after losing their last two engagements with a three-set victory, 25-16, 25-21, and 25-14, in Beallsville Sept. 23.

Grace Berisford continued her fine work at the service line with 18 points and one ace, while Cierra Fowler and Taylor Ludewig chipped in with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Evan Estep scored six points and Logan Riggs added three to finish the Blue Eagle scoring.

At the net, Fowler made four blocks and Tylar Seckman one, with Fowler smacking nine kills. Berisford and Estep each pounded five kills, while Chapman and Ludewig each powered four down. Ludewig and Chapman bumped up 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Berisford made 30 assists.

Paden City

Wheeling Central/Madonna

Hizer scored 18 points, with five service aces, eight kills, and one block to lead the Paden City Lady ‘Cats to a 25-13 and 25-12 victory Sept. 23 in Wheeling. However, Weirton Madonna knocked the ‘Cats off with a 25-17 and 26-24 victory in a later match.

Against Central, Baker followed Hizer with 12 points and one ace, four assists, and four digs to lead the way offensively. Pierce and Neff teamed with 15 points, while Cosper and Still each contributed three,

Still added 13 kills and a block, while Hizer pounded eight kills. Pierce shot down four and made two blocks, while Blatt and Baker each recorded one kill. Meanwhile, Neff dished out 17 assists on 53 sets. Cosper paced the ‘Cats with six digs and Baker netted four.

Against Madonna, the Lady ‘Cats couldn’t win a set, as the Blue Dons issued only the second Paden City defeat of the season. Pierce scored 10 points with two aces and made two kills, while Baker and Neff each tacked on seven markers and an ace.

Both Hizer and Cosper scored six points, while Still added five. Neff made 56 sets and had 11 assists, while scoring a pair of kills. Hizer and Still divided a dozen kills, while Blatt made five, Pierce two and Middleton one.

Baker and Cosper each bumped up three digs, while Still made two and Middleton one.


Bennett and Caldwell combined for 31 points and Caretti knocked down 22 kills and blocked seven shots to lead the River Pilots to a 25-20, 16-25, 25-14 and 25-17 four-set victory over Steubenville Catholic Sept. 25.

Brissa Marshall got the Lady Pilots off to a quick start with four points, 11 digs and two aces, while Caretti smacked four kills, blocked three and had five digs to pace the rejuvenated Lady Pilots to the opening set victory.

However, Steubenville fought back to win set two, 16-25 and evened things up. But, Caretti’s four kills and Brissa Marshall’s 10 digs made it a bit harder for Central.

In the final two sets, the Lady Pilots were just too much for the Lady Crusaders. Bennett drilled 10 points in the third set and eight more in the fourth, while Caretti landed 14 spikes for kills, with Curtis dishing out 19 assists.

Bennett ended up with a game-high 19 points, including four service aces, and three kills, while Caldwell ended the night with 12 points, one block, and nine digs. Brissa Marshall scored half of her six points with service aces, while making a game-high 37 digs. Caretti scored four points from the service line and made 22 kills and seven blocks at the net, while making 13 digs.

In addition, Mackenzie Marshall scored four points, one ace, three kills, and seven digs, while Curtis tallied three points and made 29 assists. Winkler came off the bench to drill a pair of kills.

Paden City/Linsly/Toronto

Megan Pierce and Hillary Hizer combined for 44 points, 22 kills, and blocked seven shots to lead the Lady Wildcats to a pair of two-set victories over Linsly and Toronto in Wheeling Sept. 25. Paden City outscored the Linsly girls, 25-19 and 25-21, then disposed of Toronto 25-23 and 25-12 to raise its season record to 15-2 with only a handful of games remaining until the Mason-Dixon and OVAC Conference Tournaments and sectional play.

Baker followed with 18 points and a pair of service aces, while Neff dished out 41 assists on 150 sets. Neff also added 13 points, three kills, and three digs, while Cosper contributed 17 points 10 digs and three kills for another impressive outing.

In addition, Still dropped in 13 points, while making 25 kills and three blocks. Blatt smacked seven kills, while Middleton and Kallie Arnett responded with one kill, two digs, and issued an assist for the girls in Green.


After the Valley Lumberjills won their first two sets, 25-20 and 25-13, to the Cameron Dragons in a best of five sets, Cameron would put it all together and win the final three, 19-25, 19-25, and the tie-breaker 11-15 to win the match in Cameron Sept. 24.

“We had them on the ropes, but we shot ourselves in the foot time-after-time and Cameron would take advantage and got the job done,” said Valley Head Coach Kari Brown.

Erin Brown had seven spikes, seven dinks, five blocks, three kills, and four digs to lead the young Lady ‘Jills, while Cassidy Price made seven digs and two dinks. Rachel Baker had an impressive outing, scoring two service aces and making five spikes, five dinks, five blocks, and four digs.

In addition, Bailea Underwood had five digs, two spikes, and scored an ace, while Sammi Roberts tacked on two digs, two spikes, and made one kill. Cassidy West came off the bench to add a pair of spikes, while Grace Hayes added a dink.

In the junior varsity match, it was a bit of the same. Valley won the opening match 25-13, but dropped the last two, 24-26 and 22-25.

Maggie Hornbeck had an impressive outing. She scored seven points, including an ace, and tacked on six sets, one dig, and had a pair of dinks. Deanna Davis followed with six points – half of them by service aces – while Katie Bassett scored three with one ace.

Steshka Strum scored a game-high eight service points, while Amanda Sharpe followed with six points, one spike and one dig. West scored twice and made three digs, three spikes and had a dink drop in. Alex Bassett finished the stats with a service point.


Notre Dame/Clay-Battelle

Paige Shriver scored seven service aces, while smacking 11 kills, and made one dig, one assist, and a block in leading the Hundred Hornets to a split tri-match with Notre Dame and host Clay-Battelle Sept. 25.

Hundred upended the Lady Irish, 25-9, 19-25, and 25-5, while the Cee-Bees beat the Hornets, 18-25 and 19-25.

In the two matches, Josie Phillips had two service aces, two digs, eight assists, three kills and a block, while Mady Wheeler scored 10 service aces and made two kills. Emily Rine and Allie Hayes teamed for five aces, two kills and three assists.

In addition, Alexis Bragg and Madeline Goff each recorded a pair of aces, while Miranda Gray and Kaitlin Kuhn each drilled one kill. Makalya Posthelwaite had a spike, while Meliah Umstead made a dig.