Lady Eagles Fall In Sectional
The Magnolia Lady Eagles volleyball season came to an abrupt halt Oct. 4, as Weir and Tyler Consolidated defeated them in the West Virginia Region I Section I Volleyball Tournament at Oak Glen High School.
In the best of three against the Red Riders, Magnolia kept it close, but in the end, Weir prevailed 25-19 in both games. Behind the setting of Bree Carr and the hitting of Tincy Haught, Abby Harlan and Lyn Miller the Eagles took the Riders to overtime before falling 28-26.
Kelsi Heasley led the Eagles’ offense with 13 points, while Haught and Harlan each chipped in with a dozen markers. Annie Potts knocked in 11 points, while Carr contributed eight. Carr had an unbelievable night with 60 assists. The heavy hitting of Haught and Harlan landed 17 of their 38 spikes, while Miller and Lindsay Riggs each contributed numerous spikes. Miller, Harlan and Haught each had a block, while Potts and Padyn Ludewig teamed for 22 digs.
Later in the day, the Eagles took on rival Tyler Consolidated for a chance to play Oak Glen in the section I final, where the Silver Knights were the incumbents. Tyler won the whole thing last season behind Player of the Year Cameron Yoho.
It was all Knights in match one, the destroyed Magnolia 25-12. However, the Eagles didn’t lie down and and came back to win match two 23-25.
The third set went the distance with Tyler nipping the Blue and Gold 26-24 in overtime. The Knights got their opportunity to play Oak Glen for the sectional championship and a return date in the regional after humbling Magnolia, 25-16.
Carr was everywhere for the Eagles. She scored a team-high 18 points and a mind boggling 70 assists. Haught followed with 17 points, while Heasley netted 16 points for Magnolia. Ludewig and Potts each scored in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively, while Harlan contributed eight.
The Knights where spiking everything they could get their hands on, but Ludewig drove down for 25 digs, while Heasley and Emily Blake each added 10 digs.
Haught finished her high school volleyball career with 30 spikes, 15 of which
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were kills, and seven blocks for an outstanding night. Harlan followed with 15 spikes, seven of which went for kills. Senior attacker Lindsay Riggs teamed for 20 spikes, nine of which were kills, and one block.
Magnolia finished the season with an 11-16 record and will lose Carr, Miller, Riggs, Haught and Suzanne Snyder to graduation. But, some excellent players will hold over for next season: Harlan, Ludewig, Heasley, Blake and Potts, who will go along with Brittany Miller, Lindsay Cain, Lacy Jackson, Alexa Jo Hanna and Krysten Miller, to say nothing of a very talented junior varsity squad that did very well this season.