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Lady Pilots Brings Home Sectional Championship

By Staff | Oct 22, 2014

River/St. John

Mackenzie Marshall scored 14 service points, while teammate Jensen Caretti provided 14 kills, three blocks, six digs, and nine points to lead the River Pilots in straight sets Saturday, Oct. 18, 25-16, 25-14 and 25-12, to defeat Bellaire St. John and win River’s second straight Division IV Sectional Championship at Barnesville High School.

The Lady Irish carved out a 3-0 lead in the first set, before giving it to the Pilots with a bad serve. With Monica Curtis at the line, River would go on a 4-0 run before losing serve. The run was highlighted by a Caretti block that scored a point for the Big Red Machine.

After the Pilots broke serve, Caretti smacked one of her 14 kills on the night, and teammate Amanda Bennett followed with an ace before Caretti caught the Irish team expecting a spike and lofted a dink for another Pilot score.

However, the Irish would get back into the opening set with a pair of kills and win a nice long volley to climb to within 8-7. But, Bailey Caldwell drilled a kill of her own and Curtis slipped in a dink to pull the Pilots out to a 11-7 advantage.

The St. John front line recorded a kill before the Pilots scored five straight Brissa Marshall service points. Bellaire got as close as 15-11 with two more kills before Caldwell blocked an Irish shot that scored. Caldwell added an ace before St. John took serve.

It didn’t last long, though, as the Pilots came roaring back to finish Bellaire off with four straight Wade service points and a Caretti kill for the game-winner.

In the second set, the Pilots raced out to a 2-0 lead before breaking serve and tying it up at two. After the third bad Irish serve, and with Wade at the line, the Pilots scored three straight points before Bellaire laid down a kill from the back row to get the serve back.

However, Caretti took charge with a kill of her own. And, after a Bennett service ace, Caretti drilled a kill from the back row, the score soon stood at 14-3 in favor of the Pilots. After Bellaire broke Bennett’s serve, Caldwell got it back with a cross-court kill. After a Caretti jump-serve landed for an ace, River was comfortably out to a 19-4 advantage.

St. John scored three straight before another bad serve gave the service back to the Pilots. Curtis laid down two service aces before hitting a serve in the net. Bellaire would score four straight points, with the help of some really bad Pilot play, to cut the deficit in half at 24-12 before winning, 25-14.

“We need to continue to play our game,” said River Head Coach Judi Curtis. “If not, you start developing bad habits and fail to do what we are supposed to do. But that is what happened late in the second set.”

After taking a 2-0 lead in the fourth set, the Lady Pilots would score eight straight Curtis service points, highlighted by a pair of Caretti kills and back-to-back blocks that gave River an 8-2 advantage early on.

St. John and River went back-and-forth until the Pilots took a 19-11 lead and took advantage of some sloppy St. John play that included its sixth bad serve that pushed the Pilots into District play this week.

Besides stats from Caretti and Mackenzie Marshall, Curtis and Bennett each tallied 10 markers. Bennett added two service aces and a block, while Curtis contributed five aces and dished out 16 assists, while bumping up two digs.

In addition, Caldwell stuffed the Big Red Machine stat sheet with six points, three kills, two blocks, one dig, one assist, and one service ace, while Wade added four markers, one ace, four digs, and Brissa Marshall took credit for 11 digs.

River/Frontier

Jensen Caretti smacked 18 kills, blocked two shots, and scored seven service points to pace the River Lady Pilots to a three-set Division IV Sectional victory over the Frontier Lady Cougars at Barnesville High School Oct. 14.

River didn’t waste any time gaining the upper hand in the opening set, winning 25-12. But, the Lady Cougars made a game of it in the second set, 25-23, before the Pilots put them away 25-17 in the third and final set for the sweep.

Mackenzie Marshall led all scorers with 18 points, including three service aces, while adding two kills and a dig for the Lady Pilots. Amanda “Bam-Bam” Bennett tacked on 10 points, an ace, and four kills, while Monica Curtis dished out 22 assists and scored six service points, including an ace.

In addition, Mackenzie Wade tallied six markers, while she and Brissa Marshall each bumped up three digs. Bailey Caldwell added to the DOA total, with two monster kills.

River/Monroe Central

Jensen Caretti blasted 26 kills and stuffed 13 Seminole players at the net, but it wasn’t enough to get past Monroe Central Oct. 8 at R.L. Potts Gymnasium.

The Pilots nipped the Seminoles in the first set 25-23, but fell 14-25 in the second set. However, the Big Red Machine was chugging along in the third set, winning 25-17.

Monroe Central fought back to win 17-25, forcing the tie-breaker, and went on to claim an exciting 10-15 set to win the match.

Caretti added six points, including three service aces, while bumping up eight digs. Amanda Bennett scored a team-high 12 points for the Pilots, while adding an ace, two kills, one block, and two digs.

Mackenzie Wade returned to the Pilot lineup after a brief layover with an injury. She scored nine points, four service aces, and made 27 digs, while teammate Mackenzie Marshall filled the stat sheet with seven points, four kills, and a game-high 34 digs.

In addition, Monica Curtis and Bailey Caldwell combined for 14 points and three service aces, with Curtis contributing 30 assists and six digs. Caldwell also made four kills, one assist, six digs, and blocked eight ‘Nole shots at the net.

Finishing out the Pilots’ stat sheet was Brissa Marshall with 31 digs and Haylee Winkler with one block.

Lady Pilots Brings Home Sectional Championship

By Staff | Oct 22, 2014

River/St. John

Mackenzie Marshall scored 14 service points, while teammate Jensen Caretti provided 14 kills, three blocks, six digs, and nine points to lead the River Pilots in straight sets Saturday, Oct. 18, 25-16, 25-14 and 25-12, to defeat Bellaire St. John and win River’s second straight Division IV Sectional Championship at Barnesville High School.

The Lady Irish carved out a 3-0 lead in the first set, before giving it to the Pilots with a bad serve. With Monica Curtis at the line, River would go on a 4-0 run before losing serve. The run was highlighted by a Caretti block that scored a point for the Big Red Machine.

After the Pilots broke serve, Caretti smacked one of her 14 kills on the night, and teammate Amanda Bennett followed with an ace before Caretti caught the Irish team expecting a spike and lofted a dink for another Pilot score.

However, the Irish would get back into the opening set with a pair of kills and win a nice long volley to climb to within 8-7. But, Bailey Caldwell drilled a kill of her own and Curtis slipped in a dink to pull the Pilots out to a 11-7 advantage.

The St. John front line recorded a kill before the Pilots scored five straight Brissa Marshall service points. Bellaire got as close as 15-11 with two more kills before Caldwell blocked an Irish shot that scored. Caldwell added an ace before St. John took serve.

It didn’t last long, though, as the Pilots came roaring back to finish Bellaire off with four straight Wade service points and a Caretti kill for the game-winner.

In the second set, the Pilots raced out to a 2-0 lead before breaking serve and tying it up at two. After the third bad Irish serve, and with Wade at the line, the Pilots scored three straight points before Bellaire laid down a kill from the back row to get the serve back.

However, Caretti took charge with a kill of her own. And, after a Bennett service ace, Caretti drilled a kill from the back row, the score soon stood at 14-3 in favor of the Pilots. After Bellaire broke Bennett’s serve, Caldwell got it back with a cross-court kill. After a Caretti jump-serve landed for an ace, River was comfortably out to a 19-4 advantage.

St. John scored three straight before another bad serve gave the service back to the Pilots. Curtis laid down two service aces before hitting a serve in the net. Bellaire would score four straight points, with the help of some really bad Pilot play, to cut the deficit in half at 24-12 before winning, 25-14.

“We need to continue to play our game,” said River Head Coach Judi Curtis. “If not, you start developing bad habits and fail to do what we are supposed to do. But that is what happened late in the second set.”

After taking a 2-0 lead in the fourth set, the Lady Pilots would score eight straight Curtis service points, highlighted by a pair of Caretti kills and back-to-back blocks that gave River an 8-2 advantage early on.

St. John and River went back-and-forth until the Pilots took a 19-11 lead and took advantage of some sloppy St. John play that included its sixth bad serve that pushed the Pilots into District play this week.

Besides stats from Caretti and Mackenzie Marshall, Curtis and Bennett each tallied 10 markers. Bennett added two service aces and a block, while Curtis contributed five aces and dished out 16 assists, while bumping up two digs.

In addition, Caldwell stuffed the Big Red Machine stat sheet with six points, three kills, two blocks, one dig, one assist, and one service ace, while Wade added four markers, one ace, four digs, and Brissa Marshall took credit for 11 digs.

River/Frontier

Jensen Caretti smacked 18 kills, blocked two shots, and scored seven service points to pace the River Lady Pilots to a three-set Division IV Sectional victory over the Frontier Lady Cougars at Barnesville High School Oct. 14.

River didn’t waste any time gaining the upper hand in the opening set, winning 25-12. But, the Lady Cougars made a game of it in the second set, 25-23, before the Pilots put them away 25-17 in the third and final set for the sweep.

Mackenzie Marshall led all scorers with 18 points, including three service aces, while adding two kills and a dig for the Lady Pilots. Amanda “Bam-Bam” Bennett tacked on 10 points, an ace, and four kills, while Monica Curtis dished out 22 assists and scored six service points, including an ace.

In addition, Mackenzie Wade tallied six markers, while she and Brissa Marshall each bumped up three digs. Bailey Caldwell added to the DOA total, with two monster kills.

River/Monroe Central

Jensen Caretti blasted 26 kills and stuffed 13 Seminole players at the net, but it wasn’t enough to get past Monroe Central Oct. 8 at R.L. Potts Gymnasium.

The Pilots nipped the Seminoles in the first set 25-23, but fell 14-25 in the second set. However, the Big Red Machine was chugging along in the third set, winning 25-17.

Monroe Central fought back to win 17-25, forcing the tie-breaker, and went on to claim an exciting 10-15 set to win the match.

Caretti added six points, including three service aces, while bumping up eight digs. Amanda Bennett scored a team-high 12 points for the Pilots, while adding an ace, two kills, one block, and two digs.

Mackenzie Wade returned to the Pilot lineup after a brief layover with an injury. She scored nine points, four service aces, and made 27 digs, while teammate Mackenzie Marshall filled the stat sheet with seven points, four kills, and a game-high 34 digs.

In addition, Monica Curtis and Bailey Caldwell combined for 14 points and three service aces, with Curtis contributing 30 assists and six digs. Caldwell also made four kills, one assist, six digs, and blocked eight ‘Nole shots at the net.

Finishing out the Pilots’ stat sheet was Brissa Marshall with 31 digs and Haylee Winkler with one block.