Lady Eagles Sweep ‘Cats and Devils
Ashley Kelly served up 19 points, including six aces, to lead Magnolia to a sweep over Paden City and St Marys Oct. 17 inside Bob Burton Gymnasium.
In the match with Paden City, Kelly served up seven points, including a pair of aces, while the dynamic duo of Kyndra Pilant and Mady Winters took care of any action at the net with blocks and kills. And, when Paden City was there to block, they would just tap a little dink over their heads for wins.
In the first set, the ‘Cats won a nice volley to take the lead, but a Kennedy Parsons bullet evened things up with Lenica Grimm coming to serve. After two straight service points, Paden City ripped off two points, to even things up at three.
Paden City lost serve, and the Eagles’ Pilant and Winters started to heat-up,with the Eagles outscoring the Wildcats, 12-7 to take a 15-10 lead with the help of two blocks from Winters and Pilant, and two Pilant kills and one Grimm boomer.
That’s when the Wildcats’ Hope Weber came alive and helped pull the deficit to 18-16 with four kills and a Mallory Yeater service ace.
Pilant dented the Bob Burton Gymnasium floor with a pair of monstrous kills, followed by a Kelly service ace to jump out to a 21-16 lead. However, just fresh off their OVAC title match with Beallsville, Paden City dug deep and pulled them to within 22-19 after a Jenna Ferrebee kill.
Another Pilant kill got the serve back to the visitors, and, with help of a Winters block and a Grimm ace, Magnolia held off a nice Paden City run to win, 25-19 to claim the first set in the best of five.
In the second set, Aubrey Neff served up a point on a Yeater kill, but Miller served up four points with the help of a pair of Grimm kills, and an ace.
A Ferrebee kill got the serve back for the Wildcats, but a Parsons kill did the same for the Blue Eagles. Grimm then served up four points on a pair of Pilant kills and a block to race out to a commanding 10-2 advantage.
After the Wildcats broke serve, Weber would make her presence felt with a bomb, but lost serve after two Price service points.
Parsons high-flying kill had the Blue Eagle fans off their feet and stayed there after a Pilant ace to give Magnolia a comfortable 13-5 advantage.
Paden City would break serve, followed by a Katrina Heasley kill, but Magnolia would slam the door shut the rest of the way with the help of two Pilant kills, one Winters block, and a Pilant block, and a Kayna Anderson service ace to win the set and match, 25-16.
Kelly served up seven points, including a pair of aces, while Pilant contributed four points, six kills and just as many blocks to lead the way for Magnolia. Grimm posted six points, three kills, three digs and dished out 16 assists. Parsons finished the Eagles stats with five points and three kills. Shyanna White drilled a pair of kills.
Meanwhile, Paden City was led by Yeater with eight points, 11 digs, along with adding one dig, kill and block, while Kameron McClain posted seven points and making two digs. Price and Neff each recorded six points, with Neff tacking on five assists and two digs, and Price contributing five digs and a boot-full of saves keeping volley’s alive.
In addition, Weber drilled a game-high 10 kills, while Ferrebee tacking on six kills, two blocks and scored two points. Heasley finished the ‘Cats statistics, finished with five points, three kills and bumped up two digs.
In the second match with St. Marys, Kelly opened the game with 12 straight service points, with four aces, while Pilant was on the top of her game, scored 16 points, six aces, eight kills and three digs in the two set victory, 25-7 and 25-12.
Winters followed with eight kills, while Grimm posted five points, three digs and 15 assists. Anderson scored three points, while Via Anderson made four digs. White added a kill, while Reagan Hale scored her first two varsity points.
In the final match of the night, Paden City took on St. Marys with the Lady Wildcats running wild in 25-17 and 25-13 victories to split the tri-match.
McClain scored a game-high 17 points, while Ferrebee collected seven points, two aces and made six kills in limited action. Neff, Heasley and Price each scored six points, while Neff collected four digs, one kill and dished out eight assists. Heasley added an ace, five kills and made one assist, while Price made five digs.
In addition, Weber made six kills and Arnett one, while Yeater scored three points, four kills, two digs and made a block. Cora Anderson and Abbe Stackpole each scored a point and made a kill, while Kelsey Michael netted three service points.