Eagles Whip Blue Dons In Sectional Championship
Kelsi Chapman delivered 10 service points, including a trio of service aces, to lead Magnolia past Bishop Donahue in straight sets in the WVSSAC Class-A, Region I, Section I, semifinal at Wheeling Central High School Gymnasium Nov. 5.
The Lady Bishops gave the number one-seeded Blue Eagle team all they could handle in the opening set before Magnolia pulled away with a 25-23 victory. The Magnolia girls took it to heart and defeated Bishop Donahue again, 25-17 and 25-18 to reach the sectional final once again.
Taylor Ludewig led all Eagles with a dozen markers, while making two kills and bumping up 17 digs. Grace Berisford, the team’s Libero, finished with eight points and 23 digs, while Kristen Massey and Bailey Estep each tallied four points.
In addition Bailey Estep added six kills, while teammate Cierra Fowler stuffed the stat sheet with three points, 18 kills, four blocks and 23 digs. Evan Estep dropped in nine spikes for kills, while blocking four Bishop Donahue shots.
Chapman and Fowler each had a triple-double to help lead Magnolia to a convincing three-set victory to win the Region I, Section I Sectional Championship over Weirton Madonna Nov. 6 at Wheeling Central High School.
After falling behind 3-0, Fowler got the ball rolling for the Blue Eagles with a kill. And, after an Evan Estep dink and a Berisford service ace, the Lady Eagles knotted things up.
Berisford would serve up nine straight service points that included four aces, three Chapman kills, one Evan Estep kill, and a Fowler dink to push the Big Blue on top 11-3.
After breaking serve, Bailey Estep knocked down a kill for a 13-4 advantage. Fowler hand delivered four kills, while Ludewig’s monster spike gave the Good Guys a 20-8 advantage.
Ludewig served up an ace, while Chapman added a kill and a dink. Another Bailey Estep kill ended the opening set with Magnolia on top, 25-9. Bailey Estep dished out 15 assists and two kills in the opening set, while Fowler powered down five kills. Chapman added four kills, while Berisford paced the Eagles with 10 service points.
The second set went back and forth until a Blue Don ball found its way into the net for a Magnolia 8-7 advantage. Chapman served up five straight points, including an ace. Evan Estep drilled two kills and Ludewig and Bailey Estep each added one that gave the Blue Eagles a 13-8 lead.
Evan Estep added another kill, while Fowler blasted four more that helped increase the Magnolia lead to 19-10. Tylar Seckman blasted a kill in between three Chapman kills, and Evan Estep snuffed two, including the game winner for a 25-11 Magnolia victory.
Evan Estep blasted six kills in the second set to lead the way, while Fowler and Chapman nailed four each and Bailey Estep dished out 17 assists.
Madonna went on top 1-0, but Fowler served up three straight points, including an ace, to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead. Chapman would serve up eight straight points, including four straight aces and two Ludewig kills, as the Lady Eagles exploded out to a very comfortable 13-3 lead.
Chapman closed out the set with five service points and four aces, including the game-winner, for a 25-12 victory.
Chapman served up 18 points, including nine service aces, and bumped up 11 digs, while Fowler netted 10 points, one ace, drilled 12 kills and made 26 digs to lead a well-balanced attack.
Berisford tallied 12 points, including four aces and 25 digs, while Bailey Estep sent in 41 assists, four points, three kills and two digs.
In addition, Evan Estep tallied four markers, blasted 10 kills, blocked two shots and had a dig, while Seckman belted three kills, made one dig and blocked a shot. Ludewig finished with three points that included an ace, while bumping up 15 digs.
The win pushed the Eagles to 15-9 on the season and earned them a trip to the regional finals at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tyler Consolidated against Clay-Battelle. Following that match, the winner will take on the winner of Tyler Consolidated and Madonna. Both teams in the championship earn a trip to the state tournament.
Evan Estep tallied 11 service points, while Chapman, Ludewig and Berisford each recorded 10 markers to lead the Magnolia past Clay-Battelle in the Region I semifinals and advancing themselves to the Class-A State Volleyball Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Friday, Nov. 14.
The Lady Eagles cruised to a 25-10 victory in the first set before getting by in the second set, 25-17. However, the Magnolia girls’ blew away the Cee-Bees 25-6 in the third set to advance to the Region I Championship against Tyler Consolidated. A few minutes later at the Silver Knight gymnasium, Tyler defeated Weirton Madonna in straight sets.
Estep added two aces, made nine kills and blocked three shots, while Chapman served up five aces, blasted seven kills, blocked one Cee-Bee shot, and bumped up 15 digs. Ludewig made a kill and 17 digs, while Berisford served up three aces and made a game-high 23 digs.
In addition, Fowler jacked 16 kills, while bumping up 15 digs, blocked two shots and scored six points, including an ace. Bailey Estep dished out 35 assists and scored two points, while Alavia Anderson bumped up a dig.
Ludewig scored a team-high seven points and 17 digs, but it wasn’t quite enough to get past Tyler Consolidated in the championship match, 13-25, 17-25 and 18-25 in straight sets. Chapman, Fowler and Bailey Estep each tacked on four markers, with Chapman adding five aces, seven kills, one block and 15 digs. Fowler contributed nine kills and blocked eight Silver Knight shots.
Bailey Estep had an ace, three kills, one block, two digs and 23 assists, as Berisford scored three service points and bumped up a team-high 24 digs/ Seckman, meanwhile, slapped in three kills.
The Lady Blue Eagles will play Moorefield Friday at 1:30 p.m. inside the Charleston Civic Center. The winner of that game will advance to play the winner of Williamstown and Greater Beckley at 6:30 p.m.