Wildcats Finish Runner-Up In OVAC Class-A
Getting to the OVAC finals was an early season goal of the Wildcats volleyball team.
PCHS accomplished that goal winning in the semi-final round on Oct. 11 against Bishop Donahue. Winning the championship match would have been the icing on the cake for coach Fred Kings squad, but it wasnt to be. During the regular season, the Cougars and Wildcats met up twice with Frontier winning both matches. Paden City did take a set in those two matches and felt it could get over the hump and win it all on Saturday.
“We played hard and in the second set actually held the lead 25-24. I thought the girls gave a good effort and that’s all you can ask, we didnt play bad, they (Frontier) just made it look that way because they are so good. They put us in a position and we couldn’t respond,” Wildcats’ Coach Fred King said. “Frontier is a very good volleyball team, they are gifted, athletic and nice kids and the coaches do a nice job. When you add that all together, you are going to be hard to beat.”
Paden City was the top seed going into the match despite the two early losses to Frontier. The Cougars came in knowing the polls arent always right and wanted to make that point. They did just that winning in three straight sets 25-16, 27-25 and 25-19. The first set was all Frontier as they used their height and power to keep the Wildcats at bay and off guard. They jumped out to an early 7-1 lead and never trailed to win the first. The second set was not as easy. Coach King talked to his troops and rallied them around their fine volley play and hard serves to trade points back and forth with the Cougars.
The Wildcats took the lead back at 21-20 on a kill by Kallie Arnett and they traded punches until they reached 24. The Wildcats seemed about to win the set when they went up 25-24, but a volley point tied it back up and Frontier scored the next two points to go up 2-0 in sets.
The third set belonged to Frontier as they jumped out to another quick lead 5-1 and continued to extend the lead with the score going to 24-14 before a brief Wildcat rally led by the serving of Junior Jenna Arnett who finally lost the serve, giving the point to Frontier for the victory.
Jenna Arnett led Paden City with 15 service points and Aubrey Neff added a match-high 16 assists on 58 sets, while also getting nine digs and 10 points. Jenna Ferrebee, a hard hitter and server, notched 10 points, seven kills and a match-high eight blocks. Katrina Heasley had a big match for the ‘Cats with seven kills, six points and 10 digs. The Wildcats got fine play from the Libero position as Malayna Price scored 11 points and registered 12 digs. Paden Citys two senior starters Kallie Arnett and Madison Kelly accounted for seven kills and 10 points.
“When we were hitting the ball and swinging hard, we were getting points. However when they got free shots, it was like shooting fish in a barrel, but overall I am very proud of our girls for hanging in there with one of the best teams,” said Coach King.
Paden Citys Jenna Ferrebee rifled home the game-winner in the second and third sets to lead Paden City to a three-set sweep over Bishop Donahue in the OVAC semifinal Oct. 11 inside the Bob Burton Gymnasium to advance to the championship match against Frontier Saturday.
The Bishops wasted the first serve when their opening serve went into the net, that gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Aubrey Neff served up three straight points, including an ace, and a Kallie Arnett kill before Bishop Donahue won a long volley service that gave the number one seed Wildcats a quick 4-1 lead.
Bishop Donahue scored two more points before Paden City took the serve, however Madison Kelly served up four points, that ended with a Katrina Heasley block.
Bishop Donahue gave the service back to the Wildcats when its serve went into the net for the second time. The Cats Malayana Price served up four straight points, including an ace and a pair of Ferrebee kills.
After losing service, Jenna Arnett tallied four straight points, including two perfectly placed aces to help extend the Wildcats advantage to 17-6.
Donahue made a run to pull to within 19-12, but Kallie Arnett took over and blasted four kills, that included the final point for a 25-14 Wildcat victory.
In the first set, Kallie Arnett landed five kills, while Ferrebee added two, and Heasley a block. Jenna Arnett served up two aces, while Price and Neff each landed one.
To start the second set, Ferrebee landed two aces, while Kallie Arnett landed two kills, and Kelly a block to open things up.
Donahue answered with three points, but a Kelly kill gave the service back to the hosts. Both teams went back-and-forth before the Cats took over the serve on a Donahue foot-fault. Price served up two straight service aces, before Donahue made a back-row kill, but Price answered with a back row kill of her own to get the serve back.
Heasley fooled the Bishops with a nice dink, and Jenna Arnett served up three straight points to give Paden City a huge 15-6 lead.
Donahue scored two more points before a Ferrebee block returned the service back to Heasley, and she would serve up seven straight points, including four aces, and a Kelly block.
Donahue scored on a lift, but Kelly got the serve back to Ferrebee on a nifty dink, and Ferrebee delivered a crushing service ace for the set-winner.
Kelly led the way with two blocks, a kill and a dink, while Ferrebee and Kallie Arnett each recorded a pair of kills and a Ferrebee block. Heasley served up four aces, while Ferrebee and Price each hand-delivered two.
The third set was a classic as Donahue didnt want to go home, and Paden City didn’t want the game extended any farther.
With Donahue in front, 15-11, Kallie Arnett landed a kill to hand the serve to Price. Price answered with seven straight service points that included three aces, two Ferrebee kills and a block to give the Green a 19-16 advantage.
Ferrebee got the service back to Heasley with a nasty kill and she served up the final three points of the game, that ended with a Ferrebee kill.
Ferrebee finished with seven kills and a block in the final set, while Bam-Bam-Bam Price scored half of her game-high 18 with three aces.
“I am very proud of our kids, we still need to work on our blocking and hitting if we want to win Saturday,” said Paden City Head Coach Fred King.
Price paced the Wildcats with a game-high 18 service points, that included six aces, while bumping up 23 digs. Heasley followed with 14 points, one ace, seven digs and made two blocks, while Ferrebee and Kelly equally-shared 24 points and six blocks. Ferrebee added 10 kills, one dig and had a pair of service aces, while Kelly added nine digs and four kills.
In addition, Neff tallied nine points, including an ace, four digs and dished out 19 assists, while Jenna Arnett tallied a bakers-dozen, that included a pair of aces. Kallie Arnett drilled seven kills and two dinks. Kameron McClain and Chelsea Baker, each collected a dig.
Paden City Drops Quad
After winning the OVAC semi-finals on Tuesday to advance to the championship match at Union Local, the Wildcats went up against some stiff competition on Thursday at Tyler Consolidated. Right off the bat they were pitted against one of the states best single A teams in the Silver Knights.
Paden City put up a valiant effort but the Knights proved to be superior as they out hit the Wildcats to get the easy win 25-10 and 25-9. Paden City played pretty good volleyball in the match with some prolonged volleys, but the power hitting and ball placement of the Knights was to much. Paden City managed only five kills in the match while the Knights pounded down 25 to give the majority of the serves to the home team.
The Wildcats got six points from Aubrey Neff and she added three digs, one kill and four assists on 38 sets. Junior Libero Price got 14 digs to go along with three points. Jenna Ferrebee got four kills and three points and Madison Kelly added three points and three digs. Heasley had two points and a dig while J. Arnett got three points, K. Arnett added a block and Chelsea Baker one dig.
In the Wildcats second match, they played a tough Wood County Christian team much tougher but eventually lost both sets 25-20. Neff provided the spark for the Wildcats as she collected 13 assists on 48 sets and added 11 service points and four digs. Ferrebee was impressive with nine points, six blocks and four kills. Kelly showed senior leadership as she scored nine points, added two blocks, eight digs and four assists on 23 sets. Heasley put up good numbers with six digs, three kills, three points and two blocks. Kallie Arnett had seven kills and Jenna Arnett added seven points. Price with six points, 11 digs and two kills helped the cause. Kameron McClain added two digs and Baker also got a dig.
Paden City also dropped their third match of the night in two sets as they fell to Doddridge County in close sets 25-18, 25-23. The Wildcats played tough, but once again fell short as the taller Doddridge team controlled the net giving the Wildcats their third setback of the night. Neff once again led the team as she served up 10 points, and added 11 assists on 46 sets. She also added three three digs and had a kill. Backing her in the stat department was Heasley with four points, nine digs and six kills. Kelly had six points, two blocks, eight digs and four assists on 15 sets. Ferrebee served up six points and added three kills and Kallie Arnett hammered down nine kills. Jenna Arnett got six points and McClain two digs while Baker added one. Price finished filling the stat sheet with eight points and five digs.
Paden City Falls In Ritchie Tri-Match
The Wildcats were sitting at 20-7 with the Mason-Dixon and OVAC on deck, but had to deal with heavily ranked Gilmer County and Ritchie first.
Paden City fought the good fight, but Ritchie was to good this night, winning in straight sets, 10-25 and 9-25. Aubrey Neff paced the Wildcats with 12 assists off 46 sets, while scoring seven points and making five digs.
Aiding to the Wildcats’ cause was Malayna Price. She served up 11 points and a dozen digs, while Katrina Heasley served up a team-high 13 points and bumped up a dig and blocked a shot.
In addition, Kallie Arnett pounded out seven kills and made two digs, while Jenna Ferrebee slammed six kills. Madison Kelly made a block and collected a dig, while Kameron McClain and Chelsea Baker each recorded three digs.
Against Gilmer, the Wildcats got a little more energetic, but still lost in straight sets, 20-25 and 13-25. Kelly and Price evenly split 16 points and eight digs, while Kelly also added two blocks and an assist to pace the Lady Wildcats.
Neff and Jenna Arnett each shared six markers, while Neff posted nine assists, three digs and a kill. Kallie Arnett was tough at the net, blocking a shot and recorded a team-high nine kills, while Heasley sank three markers, dished out three assists, buried three kills and made a dig.
In addition, Ferrebee scored five points and made five kills, while McClain and Baker each had a dig.