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Magnolia’s Quest for State Berth Has Begun

By Staff | Nov 9, 2016

Tylar Seckman recorded a game-high 12 points, including a pair of service perfections, while adding 11 digs, six kills, and three blocks to lead Magnolia to a hard-fought four-set victory over Ritchie County in the opener of the Region I, Section II Class-A Sectional at Magnolia High School on Nov. 1.

In the first set with Taylor Ludewig at the service line, Seckman and Bailey Estep each recorded blocks to help the Eagles rush out to a 3-0 lead.

With the Eagles up 5-3, Seckman reach down and drilled a kill to win the service back to Magnolia. She tallied an ace to open her service, while Pilant landed back-to-back kills, and Kelsi Chapman dropped in a dink to help extend their lead to 11-3.

Ludewig dropped in back-to-back dinks, while Estep and Pilant double-teamed a Ritchie spike than landed safely for one of four Via Anderson service points to push the score to 18-6.

However, the Running Rebels tallied seven of the next eight points to close the gap. But the Rebels lost serve for the second of four tries to give the point and serve back to the Blue and Gold.

Ludewig tallied the next two points with help from an outstanding volley and a Chapman kill. After another Ritchie service error, the Eagles’ Paige Brill scored the Eagles 24th point on a Ludewig kill.

After breaking serve, the Lady Rebels gave it right back, serving up their fourth service error to hand the 25-15 opening set win to the Blue Eagles.

In the second set with the score 21-16 in favor of the Blue Eagles, Ritchie would close the gap to 22-21. Chapman would smack three kills the rest of the way to win set two, 25-22.

In the third set, Ritchie took a 7-2 lead with Chapman landing two kills for the Eagles, while the Lady Rebels raced out to a commanding 12-5 lead. Ritchie served up another service error and the Eagles’ Kristen Massey would make them pay, serving up three service aces to close the gap to 12-11.

However, the Rebels would go on top 19-13, before Chapman won then service back with a kill, while Seckman nailed an ace. But, the Rebels would answer, scoring six of the next 12 points that saw three straight Ritchie Blocks to give the visitors a 20-25 victory.

In the fourth set, the Eagles looked to end things early with a 12-5 lead, and held a 23-14 advantage before the Rebels scored eight of the next nine points to make things interesting at 24-22, before the Big Blue won a long volley to close out the match with a 25-22 win to claim the match and send the Rebels to play the loser of Paden City and Tyler in the loser’s bracket the next day.

Taylor Ludewig and Via Anderson each recorded 10 points, while Ludewig contributed 15 digs, eight kills and a block to go along with a pair of service aces. Anderson added an ace and recorded 18 digs. Kelsi Chapman recorded a game-high 16 kills, and 24 digs, while posting four points.

In addition, Bailey Estep dished out 35 assists, made five blocks, six digs and belted a kill. Kristen Massey added nine service points, that included four perfections at the line, and bumped up a dozen digs. Kendra Pilant added four kills and a block, while Kennedy Parsons added three digs. Kayna Anderson and Paige Brill each had a dig, while Brill recorded a service point.


Paden City’s Kallie Arnett recorded 21 kills, while teammate Aubrey Neff tallied 19 points and distributed 28 assists to lead the Lady Wildcats against St. Marys in straight sets – 25-19, 25-22 and 25-21 – to win their sectional opener at New Martinsville School.

Malayna Price recorded 11 points and bumped up 18 digs, while Jenna Ferrebee sank 15 points and provided eight kills.

In addition, Madison Kelly chipped in with a solid outing, scored 12 points, while making four kills, three digs and passed out an assist. Katrina Heasley sank seven markers and four kills, while Kameron McClain added four digs. Jenna Arnett finished the statistics for the Lady Wildcats, scored seven points, and pumped up one dig to help Paden City move on to play the top seed Tyler Consolidated.


Paden City didn’t have an answer for the Lady Knights’ Abbie Fletcher, who smacked 17 kills and scored four points to lead the Silver Knights to a 14-25, 11-25 and a 13-25 three-set victory over the ‘Cats to move on to the winners bracket to play Magnolia, while the Wildcats will entertain Ritchie County in the losers bracket.

Tyler Consolidated held a 6-1 lead to start the first set, but the Wildcats would match the Silver Knights point for point until Tyler reeled of three straight points to go up 12-5.

After winning the service back with a Jenna Ferrebee kill, Ferrebee would catch the Knights daydreaming and tallied a service ace before handing the service back to the Knights.

The Knights would then score five straight points for a 17-7 advantage and go on to win the opening set, 25-14.

In the second set, Tyler Consolidated raced out to a comfortable 14-3 lead, and held a 18-6 lead, before Fletcher and company out-scoring the Wildcats 8-2 to lead 24-8 with one point to go.

However, the ‘Cats Kallie Arnett landed a kill, a volley and a Madison Kelly ace, before Fletcher ended things with a kill to help the Knights win, 11-25.

In the third set, the Wildcats won the opening volley, but the Silver Knights would take control from their to win the set 13-25.

Kelly and Neff led the way offensively for the Wildcats, with each scoring eight points each, while Kelly adding five kills and five blocks, and Neff dishing out eight assists and making three digs.

Price tallied six points and collected nine digs, while Jenna Ferrebee and Jenna Arnett each netting five points, and Ferrebee smacking three kills.

In addition, Kallie Arnett provided six kills, four blocks and a dig, while McClain added a dig.


Ritchie defeated St. Marys in straight sets – 25-14, 25-13 and 25-19 – to knock the Blue Devils out of the sectionals, while the ‘Cats would lose to Ritchie County in straight sets -15-25, 16-25 and 14-25 – to knock Paden City out of the sectionals Wednesday, Nov. 2 at New Martinsville School.

Price paced Paden City with 10 points and 17 digs, while Neff contributed nine points, four digs and passed out 20 assists. Kelly ended up with nine points, four digs, three kills, and dished out four assists, while Kallie Arnett pounded out 10 kills and rejected five at the net.

In addition, Ferrebee and Jenna Arnett each tallied five points, with Ferrebee adding seven kills. Heasley collected six points, five digs and four kills, while McClain added three digs.

The Wildcats will lose seniors Kallie Arnett, Madison Kelly and Chelsea Baker, helped Paden City win the Mason-Dixon Conference and finish as the runner-up in the OVAC Class-A championship.


Magnolia raced out to a two-set lead in the best of five, and held a 21-15 advantage, before the Silver Knights went on a 10-1 run to claim a 22-25 victory and never looked back to knock the Eagles into the losers bracket with a hard-fought five set victory.

The Blue Eagles raced out to an 8-1 lead in the opening set, but the Lady Knights came roaring back to close the gap to 19-16 after a Ludewig kill. Ludewig served up a point, with the help of a block by Estep and Seckman to give the Eagles a 20-16 advantage.

The Knights added two straight kills before Seckman and Chapman took over. Seckman had two kills and a block, while Chapman landed a pair of beauties, including the game-winner that bounced off the face of a Knight defender to win the opening set, 25-19.

Magnolia again raced out to a comfortable 7-0 lead thanks to four Chapman kills and an Estep block, only to see the Knights score three straight points to close the gap to 7-3.

Seckman and Chapman nailed kills, but Tyler would answer with two of its own. Magnolia matched that with two more points, before Consolidated netted three straight.

Magnolia would then tally nine of the next 13 points to increase its advantage to 21-12, before the Knights rattled off six of the games next eight points to pull the second set to 23-18.

However, Kendra Pilant and Ludewig closed out the set with kills to win the second set, 25-18.

The Eagles looked to finish off the Silver Knights by taking a quick 4-0 lead on a kill by Seckman, and three more by Chapman.

But Tyler followed suit with four of their own, before Ludewig pounded a kill, and Chapman followed with four more and an ace to give the hosts a 11-7 lead.

Magnolia was on the verge of winning the match, up 21-15, but Tyler scored 10 of the next 11 points, including three service aces to get the win.

The Eagles again raced out to a large lead only to see the Knights tie it up nine different times with the later one at 18-18, while closing the set out with a 7-2 run to knot the match up and forcing the fifth and deciding set with the winner moving on to the regional championships Saturday.

The Eagles took a 3-1 lead with kills by Chapman and Ludewig by getting excellent sets by Estep. However, Tyler Consolidated took over and held a 7-6 lead after a Chapman dink, and would march on, out-scoring Magnolia, 8-4 to win the set 15-10.

Chapman led the way with four points, including an ace, made 24 kills and collected 36 digs, while Ludewig record 27 points, one ace, nine kills and bumped up 35 digs. Tylar Seckman tacked on five points, 11 assists, nine kills and four blocks.

In addition, Paige Brill served up eight points, while Kristen Massey added six points and 25 digs. Via Anderson netted a service

ace and mad for digs, while Kendra Pilant landed six blocks and five kills.

The Knights’ Fletcher recorded nine points, 20 kills and blocked five shots, while Josie Jones scored six points, made 15 digs, six blocks and 15 kills to lead Tyler Consolidated.

In addition, JoLee Walton tallied 19 service points, that included five aces, while Macy Long dished out an amazing 42 assists and five blocks. Joralda Rice was tough at the net, made eight kills and blocked 10 Blue Eagle shots.


After losing a tough five set match to Tyler Consolidated, the Eagles had to face Ritchie County who they beat in the opener in four sets. Ritchie won the first two sets, 21-25 and 23-25 before the Eagles won the third set, 25-17. The Rebels took the Eagles best

shot, but prevailed, 18-25 to knock out Magnolia from the sectionals.

Taylor Ludewig scored a game-high 16 points, including four service aces, while making nine kills and 21 digs. Fellow classmate Kelsi Chapman recorded half of her six points with service aces, while adding 15 digs and 10 kills.

Tylar Seckman provided one point, six kills and two blocks, while Kristen Massey tallied three points and 24 kills. Bailey Estep dished out 24 assists, five kills and blocked two shots.

In addition, Paige Brill scored seven points, including her first varsity service ace, while Via Anderson netted five points and

two aces. Kendra Pilant had one kill and one block.