Area Volleyball Action Heats Up The Courts
W. Central/B. Donahue
PCHS seniors Megan Pierce and Haley “Frozen” Hizer evenly split 22 points and a pair of service aces, while combining 14 kills, two blocks and three digs to lead Paden City to a 25-14 and 25-8 victory over Wheeling Central Sept. 30 inside Bob Burton Gymnasium. The wins pushed the Lady ‘Cats to 18-3 on the season.
Taylor Cosper had a team-high 12 service points, including five aces, while Madison Kelly and Graeson Baker followed with seven and five points, respectively. Baker also added 17 sets, five assists, a block, two kills an ace.
In addition, Cydney Blatt contributed a pair of kills, while Abby Still scored two points and smacked eight kills. Aubrey Neff made 53 sets, including 19 assists, while scoring two service points and making a dig in the match.
In a 25-15 and 25-19 victory over Bishop Donahue, Still tomahawked 14 sets for kills, while scoring eight points. Baker netted 14 points, one ace, two kills, three digs, and five assists on 15 sets. She threw in a block to help the Wildcats to victory over the Lady Bishops.
Neff pitched in with 83 sets and 19 assists, while scoring two points and making a dig. The combination of Hizer and Pierce churned out 13 points and 14 kills, with Pierce adding a dig and blocking two Donahue shots.
In addition, Cosper scored three points and made three digs, while Kallie Arnett drilled a kill and made a dig. Dezirae Middleton dug out two spikes in the two set victory.
The dynamic duo of Hizer and Pierce was at it once more in straight set victories over Cameron, 25-19 and 25-7, to open a tri-match Sept. 29 that included the red-hot River Pilots, who swept both the Wildcats and Lady Dragons at Bob Burton Gymnasium.
Hizer and Pierce put out the Lady Dragons’ fire with 20 points and seven kills, with Hizer adding a dig and a block, and Pierce tacking on a pair of digs and four service aces. Blatt recorded eight markers, while both Cosper (three aces) and Neff (one ace) each scored seven tallies. Neff also contributed 53 sets and 14 assists.
In addition, Baker chipped in six points, one block, one dig, one kill and eight assists, while Still scored two points, one ace, and powered eight over the net for kills. Arnett and Kelly each contributed a kill in the victory over Cameron.
The Lady Pilots were using high-test in a 25-19 and a 25-20 victory over the home town girls from Paden City.
Hizer and Baker led the ‘Cats with nine points each, with Hizer adding eight kills and Baker six digs and five assists on 24 sets. Cosper followed with eight points and Neff made seven markers, with Cosper adding two digs. Neff tallied 12 assists on 51 sets, while blocking a shot and making a kill.
Still followed with four points, eight kills, two sets and rejected one Pilot shot, while Pierce added two points, three kills and a trio of blocks. Blatt made three kills and blocked two Pilot shots, while Middleton ended the Lady ‘Cat stats with a pair of sets and one assist.
The Lady Pilots tallied 14 service aces, with Bailey Caldwell leading the way with five to help power River in two straight-set victories over a very tough Paden City squad.
Besides the five service aces, Caldwell tallied 11 points, one kill and six digs, while Amanda Bennett scored four points with three service aces. Brissa Marshall, Jensen Caretti and Mackenzie Marshall each drilled two service aces, with Marshall leading the way with 10 digs. Caretti showed why she was the Class-AA MVP last year, posting 11 kills, 12 digs and six blocks. Mackenzie Marshall added five digs to go along with her 11 points, while Monica Curtis dished out 11 assists and two digs. Haylee Winkler came off the bench to reject three Wildcat spikes at the net in the victory over Paden City.
Four Lady Pilots scored 16 service aces, including a game-high six by Brissa Marshall, in a 25-12 win over the Cameron Dragons inside Bob Burton Gymnasium Sept. 29.
Brissa Marshall scored 11 service points to go along with her six aces, while Bennett nailed four aces to go along with a game-high 14 points. Mackenzie Marshall slapped four service aces along with seven points, while Caretti made two aces, nine kills, two blocks and a dig.
In addition, Monica Curtis had nine assists and Bailey Caldwell tallied on point, two digs and a block for all the Pilot stats.
It took four sets for the Magnolia Blue Eagle spikers to defeat Monroe Central inside the MHS HammerDome Sept. 29.
Mallory Chapman warmed up with four aces, while scoring 24 points, 19 digs and eight kills to lead Magnolia in a 25-21, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-18 victory over the Lady Seminoles. Grace Berisford and Cierra Fowler (two aces) each tallied 11 service points, with Bersiford making a team-high 23 digs. Fowler posted 12 digs, four blocks and a game-high nine kills.
In addition, Evan Estep tacked on 14 points, including a pair of aces, while making seven kills, five blocks and six digs. Taylor Ludewig scored 16 points and had as many digs, while drilling six kills. Bailey Estep netted 11 markers, one ace, one kill, three blocks and dished out a game-high 31 assists.
The Lady Blue Eagles split a tri-match, beating Ravenswood, 25-16 and 25-14 and losing to Buffalo 25-21, 19-25 and 25-22 Sept. 30 inside the Eagles’ HammerDome.
In both matches, Chapman scored 31 service points that included seven aces and 10 kills, while Bersiford added 27 points and four aces to lead the Eagles offensively. Bailey Estep added 16 points (one ace), while Fowler tacked on 18 points (three aces). Evan Estep tallied 15 markers and Ludewig netted a dozen points.
Defensively, Fowler paced the Blue and Gold with 18 kills and four blocks, while Evan Estep cashed in on 16 kills and blocked three shots. Ludewig added nine kills, Bailey Estep had four kills and one block, while Tylar Seckman drilled two kills.
The Lady Lumberjills ran into a buzz saw at R.L. Potts Gymnasium Sept. 30, losing in straight sets, 25-14, 25-3 and 25-8, to the Lady Pilots.
All six River starters had at least one service ace, totaling 25, with Bailey Caldwell leading the way with eight. Bennett and Mackenzie Marshall had five, while Curtis added four points, Caretti three points and Brissa Marshall, one ace.
Bennett set the pace with 16 points, while Caldwell and Mackenzie Marshall added 15 and 14 points, respectively. Curtis and Caretti each netted five points and Brissa Marshall one point. Caretti smacked 11 kills, while Haylee Winkler and Mackenzie Marshall pounded one each. Brissa Marshall also added nine digs and Curtis made 12 assists.
For the ‘Jills, Rachel Baker led the way offensively with five points, while Sarah Bassett, Erin Brown, and Cassidy West each dropped in two. Cassidy Price and Bailea Underwood each scored one point, while Brown added six digs, three spikes and blocked three River shots. Sammi Roberts made six digs, while Underwood made two. Underwood and Grace Hayes each had one.
A trio of Pilot players were instrumental in leading the Lady Pilots to a three-set match victory over Magnolia in the new and improved R.L. Potts Gymnasium Oct. 2.
Amanda Bennett scored a game-high 29 points and four services, while Jensen Caretti controlled the net, spanking 22 kills and blocking 11 shots. Monica Curtis spread the Pilot wealth with 23 assists
After losing to Magnolia in their first meeting, River wasn’t going to let it happen this time, as the Pilots “Rat Pack” student body was out in full force to give their girls all the juices needed to dethrone the Blue Eagles in this match.
Bennett scored a set-high 10 points, while Caretti drilled 9-11 spikes that went for kills. She also blocked four shots, as Monica Curtis dished out seven assists to lead the Big Red Machine to a 25-15 victory to open the match.
Bennett, Caretti and Curtis were at it again as the trio accounted for nine points, 4-6 spikes for kills, four blocks and seven assists, respectively, to win rather easily, 25-10. In the final set, Bennett led the charge with 10 points and three aces/ Caretti hammered away at the Eagles scoring with 9-10 spikes with kills and blocking three Magnolia shots. Curtis dished out nine assists in helping the Pilots win, 25-17.
Besides the outstanding play of Bennett, Caretti and Curtis, the Pilots’ Bailey Caldwell, Haylee Winkler, Mackenzie and Brissa Marshall each contributed in the win. Caldwell scored two points (one ace), two kills, four digs and one block, while Winkler smacked a kill and blocked a shot. Mackenzie and Brissa Marshall teamed with seven points and 18 digs.
For the Eagles, Ludewig led the way offensively with 10 points and 21 digs, while Evan Estep scored seven points and blocked five Pilot spikes. Grace Berisford also scored seven points, while making 21 digs. Kelsi Chapman tallied six markers, made five kills and 10 digs, with Bailey Estep contributing six points. She also chipped in with three kills, seven digs and 11 assists. Logan Riggs and Olivia Anderson, fresh off the junior varsity squad, combined to score seven points, 14 digs and two kills for all the Magnolia stats.
Paden City/Notre Dame
The Lady Wildcats won a pair of two-set matches over Notre Dame and Hundred Oct. 2 inside the HHS Hornets Nest.
In the victory over Notre Dame, the Wildcats raced out to a huge lead and never looked back, winning 25-4 and 25-3.
Madison Kelly came off the bench to lead the ‘Cats with 15 points, while Haley Hizer tallied 13 points and seven kills. Aubrey Neff scored seven points and dished out 12 assists, while Baker netted eight service points and Megan Pierce claimed four.
In addition, Taylor Cosper scored twice and bumped up two digs, while Arnett tallied a point. Still made five kills and blocked a shot, while Dezirae Middleton smacked one kill and bumped up a dig.
In the victory over the Lady Hornets, Cosper tallied 13 markers and made seven digs to help hold off a gallant effort by Hundred, 25-10 and 26-24. Hizer netted eight points and delivered seven kills and blocked a shot, while Pierce added seven points and a kill.
In addition, Neff, had seven service points and made 11 assists on 30 sets. Still followed with six points and contributed eight kills and a block. Arnett and Blatt had two and one kill, respectively, while Middleton and Kelly combined for three digs.
Against Notre Dame, Hundred won 25-7 and 25-19 to gain a split on the night. In the two matches, Paige Shriver again paced the Lady Hornets with eight kills, while Josie Phillips contributed five assists and Emily Rine laid out four service aces. Mady Wheeler served up five aces, while Meliah Umstead recorded three digs.
A number of players also pitched in during the night, as Umstead, Madeline Goff, Miranda Gray, Kaitlin Kuhn and Makayla Posthelwaite each had a pair of service aces. Goff, Gray, Kuhn, Phillips, Wheeler and Rachel Posthelwaite each recorded a kill, with Allie Hayes recording two kills.
East Richland/West Greene
Hundred defeated East Richland 25-10 and 25-17 and downed West Greene 25-18 and 25-18 in a tri-match Sept. 29 inside the Hornets Nest.
Shriver led the way with five aces and 15 kills in the two matches, while Wheeler contributed 10 aces and six kills. Phillips had 11 assists, while Rine contributed eight assists and Hayes pitched in with seven aces as well.
The large contingency of fans from Conotton Valley and River High Schools witnessed an outstanding five-set marathon between two top-notch volleyball teams inside the new and improved R.L. Potts Gymnasium Oct. 4.
The Lady Pilots won the opener, 25-22, while Connotton returned the favor in the second set, 15-25. However, the Lady Pilots took the third set, 25-19, but swapped wins with Conotton in a deciding fifth match with a 22-25 victory.
The Pilots were up 14-10 in the tie-breaking fifth set, but would lose the serve to the Lady Rockets, who would storm back to take the lead at 15-14. However, the never-say-die Lady Pilots would break serve and led 16-15 with one point to go for the win. River and the Connotton Valley Rockets would go back-and-forth on a volley of the season. But, the Lady Pilots would wear the Rockets down and win the tie-breaker in a thrilling 16-14 fifth set to win the match.
Caretti tatooed 30 kills, while adding eight points, three aces, seven blocks and nine digs to lead the way for River. Curtis filled the stat sheet with 14 points, three aces, five digs and 35 assists. Caldwell compiled 11 points, three aces, four kills, six digs and blocked a shot.
In addition, Brissa Marshall scored three points and bumpoed up 23 digs, while Mackenzie Marshall added 14 points, seven kills and 15 digs. Winkler chipped in with a trio of kills and a pair of digs, while Bennett fired in seven points and added an assist and a dig.