Paden City Claims OVAC Class-A Championship
Wildcat freshman Hope Weber compiled a triple-double, (14-points, 26-kills and 11-blocks) to help Paden City win its first OVAC volleyball title since 2011. The volleyball action took place on Oct. 14 at Union Local High School, against the Beallsville Blue Devils.
Last season’s OVAC Player Of The Year, Aubrey Neff, scored the game’s first two service points, swiping the match-winner in the fifth and deciding to give Paden City the championship.
The Blue Devils fought back to knot the game at 2-2. However, the ‘Cats Jenna Ferrebee posted her second scoring dink, along with an ace, and a block to push Paden City lead to 5-4.
Beallsville tied things up at five, but the Lady Wildcats would not be denied and scored 9 of the next 13 points, with Hope Weber blasting two of her 26 kills. But the Lady Devils got as close as 19-15 on a Ashley Howell kill, before the Wildcats buried 7-2 service points to close out the opening set, 25-17.
The Wildcats went on the prowl in the second half, outscoring Beallsville 14-6, with Ferrebee and Weber knocking down half of their 14 points with kills.
The second set continued to go back-and-forth, until Paden City netted the game-winner. Katrina Heasley and Ferrebee closed out with a pair of double-team blocks, and two Ferrebee kills, and one Neff kill to go up, 2-0, with a 19-25 victory in the best of five sets.
Paden City tried to close out the match, outscoring Beallsville 7-4 in the third set, but the Devils knotted the game up six times with the later one at 22-22.
The Blue Devils scored the next two points before closing the set out with a block, to gain the third set victory.
In the third set, Weber made six kills, while Ferrebee slammed three, with Jenna Arnett and Mallory Yeater, each smacking one.
The fourth set was another carbon copy of the third set, with PC and Beallsville tied at 5-5. However, this time the momentum was switching toward the Devils, with the set all tied up at 24-24.
However, the Devils’ Howell drilled a kill and the team won the final volley to win the fourth set, with the tie-breaker awaiting.
In the tie breaker, Beallsville broke serve, and led 2-0, before Heasley broke the Beallsville serve, with a kill, before Mallory Yeater tied it up with an ace.
After a dink to break serve, Weber bombarded the Devils with two straight kills to give the top-seeded Wildcats a 5-3 lead. Beallsville fought back and tied things up at 5-5.
Weber and Ferrebee started to take charge and had the Blue Devils on their heels, with their heavy artillery to take a 11-7 lead.
Beallsville fought back with the grit of a champion, but the will to win was far more seen in the eyes of the Wildcats as they explained to the refs that the Devils breaking serve had more than three passes, and the point should go to Paden City.
The head official agreed that both of the referees had two different winners, and had a do-over.
The do-over was just what the doctor ordered. Instead of losing serve and a point, the ‘Cats held serve, and picked up two points, with Kameron McClain blasting an ace to pull them to 14-8.
The Devils broke serve and pulled to 14-10, before Malayna Price dove to the floor to keep the volley going and Neff’s grit and determination paid off with the game-winner.
“We have six good seniors and two very experienced freshmen” said PC Head Coach Fred King. “We bent like an oak, but we didn’t break. We were challenged and we knew that we would be.
They beat us at our place earlier in the season, and when we were up 2-0 I knew it wasn’t over, because those kids are fighters, but it was our turn.”
“Overall, I am pleased with our resiliency. We were knocked down, but we got back up and took a few punches, but we also gave a few of our own,” added King.
Yeater paced the ‘Cats with 23 points, 24 assists, four digs and four kills, while Ferrebee added 21 points, and 21 kills, and making six blocks. Weber added a triple-double, (14 points, 11 blocks and 26-kills), while McClain netted 17-points and seven digs.
In addition, Neff filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 18 assists, four digs and the game-winning kill. Heasley added a quiet 15 points, nine digs and five kills, while Price posted six points and 23-digs.
The Paden City victory gave the Wildcats their fourth OVAC title in school history.
Lady Wildcats Whip Blue Dons In OVAC Semi
Aubrey Neff and Mallory Yeater combined for 35 points, three digs, 26 assists and six kills to lead No. 1 seed Paden City to a three set OVAC1A semifinal inside the Bob Burton Gymnasium Oct. 10 and a date with No. 2 seed Beallsville Blue Devils Saturday, Oct. 14 at Union Local High School at 5:30 p.m.
Madonna scored twice three separate times to start the opening match to take a 6-2 advantage, until it made the first of three service errors, when PCHS Head Coach Fred King called a timeout to stop the bleeding.
During the timeout, King talked to the girls about if they ever saw Bonanza, as well as a couple more westerns to get the girls not thinking how they were playing and to take the edge off, so they can have some fun and do what they do best, play good old fashion volleyball, and of course chill down the Blue Don server.
It worked to near-perfection as the Madonna server lost her rhythm and served up a service fault, to give the serve back to Paden City. Ferrebee then served up an ace, but the second go around would lose her serve, back to Madonna.
It didn’t last long as Yeater served up seven straight points, including three aces, while Heasley added a kill and Weber lifted a nice dink that landed for a PC point. This pushed their lead to 11-7 to force Madonna to call a timeout.
Madonna would win back the serve, but lost it just as quick with a Neff kill. Heasley would then score seven straight points, that included three aces, two Weber kills and one Jenna Arnett bomb that pushed them on top 19-8 before the Blue Dons broke serve.
But just as fast, the ‘Cats won back the serve. Malayna Price was right on the money with her serve for an ace, but the Blue Dons’ Andrea Alimario drilled their first kill of the night, but Madonna lost the serve just as quickly as Ferrebee blasted one of her own to win the serve back to the Wildcats.
Madonna quickly won it back, but Paden City would win it back for a 23-11 lead. McClain would serve up the two final ‘Cats points, including an ace to win the opening set.
“We were out of sink a little, but the girls kept their heads and played inspired volleyball,” added King after the opening-set victory.
Neff gave the Wildcats a quick 4-0 lead from the line, that included an ace, a Ferrebee kill and a Neff pin-point push-back to an open area.
After breaking serve, the Blue Dons returned the service back to Paden City, which only gave it back on a service error of its own.
Alimario blasted her second kill of the night, but the Wildcats again won it back, with a Ferrebee kill.
With Yeater at the line, Weber and Heasley made back-to-back kills, before Marianna Martinez added one for the visitors.
But like it has been for most of the first pair of matches, Madonna would win a set, and lose it just as fast, which they did again.
Weber won back the serve with a powerful kill to get the serve back to the home team. Heasley served up an ace, but would serve up a service fault. But again Madonna gave the serve right back on a masterful kill by Weber that was saved earlier by a Price awesome save.
Madonna would again go one and done, but this time the Wildcats last season’s Player of the Year Neff served up seven straight points, that included an ace, a Yeater and Ferrebee kill and a Ferrebee block that landed for another point, to give the hosts a 20-8 lead.
Once more the Wildcats broke serve on a Ferrebee kill, and, after losing the service with a service fault, Ferrebee got it right back with a kill. In most cases the one that wins the service back, is usually the one that gets the serve and that is what happened here, as Ferrebee won it back after another outstanding save by Price. She went right to work and landed back-to-back service aces, before the Blue Dons won back the serve.
It was like a hot potato, as Paden City won it back on an Yeater block, and then she would get to end the set with a service point, winning by the same score of the first set, 25-11.
In the third set, Paden City won the opening serve with a Ferrebee kill and a Neff service point.
Madonna tied it up at two, but before you could run out to the hallway to get a drink at the hallway to get a drink, Paden City led 9-3 on a pretty Neff placement shot.
But the No. 4 seeded Madonna team added a Carly Dowiak ace and a Alimario block to climb back into the game.
But the Blue Dons’ seventh and final service fault of the night returned it back home to the ‘Cats. Weber served up five straight points, that included a Ferrebee, kill, dink and block in that ordered to give the Wildcats a 16-10 lead.
Savannah Price served up an ace off the bench, but a service fault gave it right back to the visitors. Heasley broke serve with a kill, before losing serve back to Madonna.
The Blue Dons scored four straight points before Malayna Price landed a pin-point heave to the other side that fell for a point. After Weber smacked her 11th kill for a Paden City 21-16 lead, Madonna saw themselves down only 23-21 after a pair of Alimario kills.
However, a Ferrebee kill and a Ferrebee placement out of the reach by six Blue Don players, the ‘Cats would take the set and match, 25-21.
Besides the heroics of Neff and Yeater, Ferrebee was everywhere. She recorded seven points, two aces, 13 kills, three blocks and one dig, while Heasley compiled 11 points, three aces, three cross court kills, two digs and made one assist. Weber made a quiet four points and 11 nasty kills, while McClain posted seven points and six digs.
In addition, Malayna Price served up seven points, one assist and 13 digs, while little sister Savannah Price scored two points, that included an ace. Arnett made a block and a pair of kills, while Cora Anderson and Abbe Stackpole posted an assist and a point, respectively.