Wildcats Three-Peat As OVAC Class A Champs
Paden City took to the Union Local High School floor on Saturday in search of their third straight OVAC Class A Championship and it didn’t take them long to establish dominance as they took down Frontier 25-14, 25-14, and 25-11.
The Wildcats Volleyball team used hustle, power hitting and pinpoint setting to keep the Cougars at bay as they improved their record to 24-4 on the season and handed second year coach Jennifer Yeater her second straight title. Paden City has now won the last three championships and if Yeater has anything to do with it they will be searching for number four when next year rollls along.
“It’s pretty sweet that we’ve been able to come here for three years and take care of business,” Paden City (24-4) coach Jennifer Yeater said. “We had two starters Mallory (Yeater) and Hope (Weber) have started since their freshman year. They’ve been apart of this, all three championships. It’s pretty sweet.”We work hard in the offseason and it shows during the regular season.”
The Cats jumped out to an early lead in set one taking a 12-2 that was to much for the Cougars to overcome as they went up 1-0, winning the net battle with 15 kills to Frontier’s six.
“Playing in the offseason helps,” Coach Yeater said. “I have four club players so keeping the volleyball in their hands is important, they have the right attitude and they have the right work ethic. They bring it to the table every day at practice.
Yeater said this group is a special bunch of kids who all play hard and work together. “They listen and follow what we teach, they have bought into the program and everyone of them is important to this team, I am so proud of each one of them.”
At time set two looked like it would be a battle as Frontier took the lead on a few occassions before the Wildcats got it together and came back to take the set with some great serving and floor play. Even when they were down they never gave up and it paid off with another 25-14 win.
“That’s what knew what we had to do,” Coach Yeater said about starting fast. “We faced Frontier a couple other times throughout the season and we knew we had to get out to a strong start, keep the energy on our side and if we were able to do that, I knew we were going to be able to pull it off. They stepped up to the plate and kept that energy high. We needed some big hitters to come through Saturday and they did.”
The final set was all Paden City as they smelled victory from the start jumping out to a 6-1 lead. Frontier cut the lead to two but the Cats came up big with 15of the next 18 points to get the win.
Junior standouts Mallory Yeater, and Hope Weber led the charge as Yeater finished the match with 12 points, 17 digs, 9 assists, 4 kills, and one block, and Weber ended with 10 points, 17 kills, 14 digs, 5 assists and two blocks.
Senior Cora Anderson and Isabella Beverlin divided 18 points on the night with Anderson getting three aces and 13 digs. Beverlin added three digs. Freshman standout Tanley McEldowney had a game high 22 digs as she covered the floor with accuracy. She also served up four points. Maggi Still added 6 kills, a block and 5 digs for the Cats and McKenzie Thomas had a good match with 4 points, 5 kills, and 4 assists. Brandis Dalrymple got 2 kills and a game high 4 blocks, while Hallie McDonald added a kill and a block.
Wildcats Volleyball moves to 23-4 with Thursday night wins over Weirton and Tyler Consolidated
In the Cats first match of the night they wasted no time in taking down Weirton as the Home Town girls scored two straight set wins 25-15 and 25-11. Mallory Yeater had a big match as she served up 16 points, including 2 aces, and added 4 kills, 16 assists, and 7 digs. Hope Weber with 5 points, 1 ace, 13 kills, 1 block, 5 assists and 5 digs also showed up strong, while freshman Tanley McEldowney with 3 points, and 13 digs helped secure the win.
Brandis Dalrymple added 4 kills, 5 blocks, and 1 dig for a good match, and McKenzie Thomas came through with 3 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 6 assists and 3 digs. Rounding out the stats for the Cat were Cora Anderson 2 points and 5 digs, Maggi Still 4 kills and 1 assist, Hallie McDonald 2 kills, and Loren Little 1 point.
Paden City didn’t let up after their fiorst match and in the night cap against Tyler Consolidated they took both sets by 25-11 and 25-19 to sweep the tri-match in straight sets. The first set was all Paden City as they jumped out to a 6-0 serving run from Mallory Yeater and kept the lead the entire game. Yeater finished the set with 6 points, 1 kill, 7 assists and 4 digs. Hope Weber 1 point, 4 kills, 3 asissts and 1 dig, Cora Anderson 5 points, Brandis Dalrymple 3 kills and 1 block, Maggi Still 1 assist, McKenzie Thomas 2 points, 1 ace, 2 kills, Hallie McDonald 1 kill, Loren Little 1 point and 2 digs, and Tanley McEldowney 1 point, 1 ace, 6 digs did the rest of the damage.
In set two the energy and effort shifted to Tyler to start and they jumped out to a 4-0 lead and maintained that lead until Weber showed up at the service line with a score of 14-18. Weber served up 9 points to bring the Wildcats their first lead of the game and took the score to 23-18. Yeater came thru with a big kill putting the score 24-19 which brought Thomas to the serving line to serve up an ace to end that set 25-19. It was a very exciting set to watch as the Wildcats dug their self out of a hole and took care of the ball one point at a time.
Yeater, 2 points, 6 kills, 6 assists and 4 digs and Weber 9 points, 4 kills, 6 assists and 4 digs led the charge with McEldowney 2 points, 8 digs, and McDonald 2 kills and 1 dig both giving good efforts.
Cora Anderson 3 digs, Brandis Dalrymple 1 kill, Maggi Still 1 kill, and McKenzie Thomas 2 points ended the Cats stats.
Paden City Advances to OVAC Finals
The number one seeded Wildcats hosted the OVAC Class A semi-finals on Tuesday, October 8, and came away with a win to advance to the Championship match at Union Local High School.
The Wildcats took on fourth seeded Conotton Valley in the second match of the night and came away winners in three straight sets 25-18, 25-12, and 25-16. Frontier, Ohio defeated Beallsville in the first match to set up the Championship match with Paden City.
Against Conotton Valley, the Wildcats got going early and overpowered the visitors behind the power play of their two junior standouts Mallory Yeater and Hope Weber. Weber had a spectacular night with 17 kills, 18 assists, 12 digs, 12 points including three aces, and one block. Yeater came through with 13 digs, 15 assists, 11 kills and three points. Senior Cora Anderson added 10 points, including 5 aces, and nine digs
Freshman Tanley McEldowney also came through big with 9 points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 assist, and 26 game high digs. McKenzie Thomas had a good match as well with 7 points, 1 ace, 4 kills, 3 assists, and 6 digs, while support from Maggi Still 4 kills, 3 assists, and 6 digs, Hallie McDonald 2 kills, 1 block and 3 digs, Isabella Beverlin 5 point, Brandis Dalrymple 1 kill, 2 blocks, and Loren Little 1 dig helped get the Cats the victory.