Lady Eagles Finish Third In Sectionals
The Magnolia Lady Eagles dropped the opening match to second-seed Oak Glen in the West Virginia Class-AA Volleyball Sectional at Tyler Consolidated, losing straight sets, 25-10, 25-15 and 25-20. Magnolia then sent the Weir Lady Red Riders back home in the losers bracket by the scores of 25-17, 25-23, 20-25 and 25-21.
In the opener against the Lady Bears, Mallory Chapman and Emily Clegg each recorded 10 points, with Chapman getting two of her points via service aces. She also added seven kills and 15 digs, while Clegg added six digs. Makenzie Dawson tallied nine points, including three service aces and 11 digs. Jordan Babe contributed seven points, nine kills and one block, while Emily Blake recorded six points, three kills and tallied 24 digs.
Against Weir, the Lady Eagle rust that was showed against Oak Glen had disappeared when they went on to defeat Weir in four sets. Blake netted a game-high 25 points, including four service aces. She chipped in with 30 digs and blasted three kills. Babe contributed 19 points, two aces and went “tick-tick-boom” on 19 kills and four blocks.
In addition, Dawson tallied 12 points, including three service aces and contributed eight digs. Chapman had an all-around productive match. She scored 11 points, including three service aces and blocked two shots, while blasting 12 kills, and went “tip-tip-woo” on several dinks. Lauren Cline scored 14 points and had 53 assists.
In the volleyball semifinals Nov. 3 at Tyler Consolidated High School against the Lady Knights, the Magnolia Lady Eagles were on top of their game in the opening set, winning 25-21. However, the Tyler girls – with the help of their student body fan section – would take the next three matches, 14-25, 20-25 and 16-25 to earn a spot in the state tournament and end the Eagles’ season.
Emily Clegg paced Magnolia with 18 points, including four service aces, while adding nine digs. Babe and Cline each tallied 13 markers, with Cline adding 60 assists and Babe smacking 25 “tick-tick-booms” and four blocks.
In addition, both Blake and Dawson tallied 11 points each and teamed for 22 digs, while Chapman contributed 27 digs and belted six kills.
The Eagles will lose seniors Dawson, Blake, Babe and Alivia Mellott to graduation, but will return starters Chapman, Cline and Clegg.