Blue Eagles’ Best Knights, Red Riders
Magnolia’s Kyndra Pilant smacked-down 39-kills, with teammate Leneica Grimm providing 53-assists to lead Magnolia to a home victory over Weir and Wheeling Central, Oct. 2 inside the MHS HammerDome.
In the opener, Pilant hammered down 23-kills, while Grimm passed out 34-assists to help carry Magnolia to a 25-16,19-25 and 25-18 victory over the Weir Red Riders.
Pilant added 2-service points, 5-digs, 2-blocks and made 1-assist, while Grimm served up 8-points in the 3-set victory. Liza “Bean” Clegg tallied a team-high 14-points, while chipping in with 2-kills, 1-dig and 1-block. Also Alyssa Kocher had a good match, adding 7points and 9-digs, while Kayna Anderson collected 9-digs and serving up 3-points.
In addition, Zoey Jenkins had 2-service points and bumped up 3-digs, while Jaci Rohde smacked 3-kills. Shaela Holiday and Kara Lynch made 4 and 2-digs, respectively.
In the final match of the night, the Eagles flew by the Maroon Knights 25,20 and 25-10 to claim their 14th victory.
The opening set went back and forth, until Magnolia served up a fault, and Wheeling took over, scoring 3-more points to give them a 8-4 advantage. However, the Eagles Rohde broke serve with a nasty kill, while Anderson added a service ace to give the Eagles a mini-run to get back into the match.
After the Knights broke serve, Pilant landed a back-row kill, and Jenkins served up an ace to knot the match at 9-9. After a service fault, the Eagles returned the serve back to the hosts, where Kocher served up 5-straight points with the help of 2-Pilant kills to give the Big Blue a 15-10 lead.
With Magnolia up 18-13, the Eagles would score 3-straight points aided by Pilant, Rhode and Holiday, before losing serve. After Clegg knocked-down her first kill of the match.
The Knights would go on a 5-2 run before bowing out with a service fault to give Magnolia the win.
In the second match, the Big Blue ran out to a 9-2 advantage with the help of 5-Grimm service points, that included 5-Pilant kills. Jenkins served up her second ace of the match to give Magnolia a 14-6 lead before Central broke serve.
With Magnolia on top 15-7, Kocher served up 4-points, while Grimm finished with 5-straight points, also aided by 3-Pilant kills, including the set and match point.
Kocher and Grimm serving-up nine and eight points respectively, with Grimm chipping in with an ace and 19-assists to lead the way. Pilant followed with 4-points, including an ace, while drilling 16-kills, 4-digs and 2-assists.
Anderson chipped in with 8-digs and a service ace, while Jenkins responded with 3-points, including a pair of aces, and recorded 7-digs. Rohde and Holiday each had 3-kills, while Kyra Dalton and Makia Litton smacked 2 and 1-kill, respectively.
Lady Eagles Sweep River Pilots
The defending WVSSAC Class-1A Volleyball State Champions, Magnolia Blue Eagles Kayna Anderson and Alyssa Kocher combined to score 29-points and 16-digs, while Kyndra Pilant added 20-kills, to lead Magnolia to a (25-18, 25-17, 18-25 and 25-18) season-sweep of their cross-river rival River Pilots Oct. 1 inside RL Potts Gymnasium.
After winning their first 2-sets, 25-18 and 25-17, the Lady Pilots would turn things around and take the third set, 18-25. However, it was short-lived as the Big Blue humbled their counter-parts in the fourth set, 25-18 to get the win.
With Anderson and Kocher were picking up loads of service points, and Pilant knocking down kills, and Lenieca Grimm dishing-out 23-assists and 5-points. The Big Blue would not only get their 12th match victory against only six defeats, but would inch closer to an OVAC Class-3A Tournament invite.
Liza Clegg would tally 6-points and 6-kills, while Zoey Jenkins and Pilant each netted 4-points, with Jenkins tacking on 4-digs, and Pilant with 10-digs and 4-blocks. Makia Litton made a kill and a dig, while Shaela Holiday blasting 1-kill.
In the 4-sets, the Lady Pilots would get 18-points via serves, with Raper providing 17-points and a match-high 5-aces, while chipping in with 14-digs and 6-kills. Both Katie Rufener and Emily Taylor had 4-aces, with Rufener tacking on 7-points and Taylor 5-points and 9-digs. The Pilots Allison Bennett secured 8-points with 3-aces, 24-assists, 11-digs and 1-kill, while Katie Straub provided 4-points, with 2-aces, 9-kills and 8-assists.
In addition, Lacey Cordery posted 18-digs and dished out an assist, while Lindsay Huffman bumping up a dig. Myla Ivy recorded 4-points, 3-digs and a block, while Rilyn Haught had 5-kills and 3-digs.