‘Jackets Upend Blue Eagles And Lady Wildcats
The Williamstown Yellowjackets won a tri-match with host Paden City in straight sets, 25-15 and 25-13 and with Magnolia, 25-22, 20-25 and 25-18 Oct. 28.
In the Paden City match, Lady ‘Cat Graeson Baker netted eight service points, while slugging her stats with 29 sets, nine assists, two kills, two digs and a block. Aubrey Neff added six points, seven assists, 36 sets, one kill and one dig, while Taylor Cosper served up five points, made two digs and a kill.
In addition, Megan Pierce and Haley Hizer combined for eight points, 12 kills and two blocks, while Abby Still scored a point, blocked three shots and drilled four kills. Cydney Blatt had a dig, a kill and a block, while Kallie Arnett smacked a kill. Dezirae Middleton scored a point, while Madison Kelly contributed a dig.
In the Magnolia match, Kelsi Chapman scored a game-high 17 points, including a trio of service aces, while making seven kills and bumping up 12 digs to lead the Lady Eagles. Cierra Fowler followed with 12 points, including an ace. She also smacked 12 kills, blocked six shots and bumped up 18 digs, while Evan Estep netted four points, including a pair service aces, and seven kills.
Taylor Ludewig served up an ace, four kills and 12 digs, while Bailey Estep scored five points, an ace, a kill and made 70 sets. Grace Berisford scored three points and bumped up 40 digs.
In the Magnolia and Paden City match, Chapman scored 10 points, including five aces, five kills and four digs to lead the Blue Eagle offense, while Baker led the Wildcat team with 13 points, one ace, one dig, 18 sets and six assists.
Fowler followed Chapman with nine points and three aces, while making four kills, 13 digs and one block for Magnolia. Evan Estep scored five points, five kills and blocked three shots, while Berisford netted three points and 18 digs.
In addition, Bailey Estep made two kills, while Ludewig tacked on two points, three kills and made two digs for the Magnolia crew.
Neff, Hizer and Cosper each netted five markers for Paden City, while Neff contributed 25 sets, seven assists and a kill. Hizer tacked on a kill and a block and Cosper executed three digs. Pierce scored four markers, four kills and a block, while Still smacked four kills, three digs and blocked three shots. Kelly scored four points and bumped up a dig, while Middleton and Arnett added a dig, and a kill.
In the second set, the Wildcats raced out to a 4-1 lead with the help of a Pierce block, but Magnolia’s Evan and Bailey Estep each recorded a kill. Paden City’s Still drilled a kill, but three service aces by Chapman gave the Blue Eagles a 9-6 lead early on.
After another Still kill and several service breaks, Katrina Heasley drilled a kill. But an Evan Estep kill and a Fowler block pushed the Blue Eagle advantage to 12-10 before Pierce sky-rocketed a kill.
Fowler added two kills and Chapman’s one pushed the Lady Eagles in front, but the Lady ‘Cats clawed their way back to a 18-18 tie. From there, Chapman nailed a service ace and Fowler followed with a nasty kill to give Paden City the match, 25-21.
Sarah Bassett and Erin Brown combined for 18 points, seven spikes, 10 blocks, seven dinks and eight digs to lead the Valley Lumberjills to a hard-earned five-set victory Oct. 28 in Morgantown.
After falling behind 15-25 in the opening set, the ‘Jills responded with a 25-12 victory, but lost a close one, 23-25 in the third set. Valley won the fourth set, 25-16 and mopped up winning the tie-breaker, 15-8.
Bailea Underwood scored nine service points, including an ace, and drilled three spikes, while Rachel Baker and Cassidy West stuffed the stat sheet with a combined 10 points, five spikes, five digs and five blocks. Samantha Roberts added four markers, four spikes, a dink and 14 digs, while Cassidy Price materialized three points, an ace, two spikes, two digs and a kill. Grace Hayes had one set.
Paden City beat Bishop Donahue in straight sets 25-22 and 26-24 in the semi-final match of the Mason-Dixon Conference volleyball championship Nov. 1 at Clay-Battelle High School.
Neff, Still and Middleton each recorded 10 points, while Baker netted 12 markers to lead the way for Paden City. Neff had 15 assists on 28 sets, while adding two kills and two digs. Still recorded three kills and Middleton one kill, one dig and one assist. Baker joined in with 51 sets, 13 assists, one kill and one dig.
Pierce tacked on four points, 12 kills and two blocks, while Blatt smacked 11 kills, Kelly had three kills and Arnett slammed one kill.
In the championship match with Clay-Battelle, the Lady ‘Cats lost 25-23 and 25-12. Neff scored 10 points to lead Paden City, while making 19 sets and dishing out six assists to lead the charge.
Cosper added six points, two aces and a set, while Still scored six markers, one ace, three kills, two sets and two blocked shots. Pierce scored six points and made six kills, while Blatt tacked on four kills.
In addition, Baker and Middleton each scored three points, while Baker contributed one kill, two digs, 23 sets and dished out 11 assists. Arnett pounded out seven kills, one dig, one set, an assist and one block.