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Blue Eagles Win Over Valley on Senior Night

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Oct 7, 2020

Magnolia Seniors Mady Winters, Victoria Hood, Alyssa Kocher, Lenieca Grimm, and Shyanna White

The Magnolia Blue Eagles Volleyball team on Senior Night, October 1, defeated the Valley Lumberjills in three sets to improve record to 8-3. The home team honored five seniors before the match. Wheeling University recruit, Mady Winters, Alyssa Kocher, Lenieca Grimm, Victoria Hood, and Shyanna White.

The five seniors all had solid sets with Winters, Hood, and White getting some thunderous spikes with sets from Grimm and Kocher.

Jaci Rhode served the first six points in the first set to start the Eagles off. Coach Pam Chapman’s team went up 10-1 and built the lead to 20-5 on their way to winning set number one 25-8 with many kills from the front line, Winters, Hood, and White.

The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the second set before the gutsy Jill’s started a little run to close the gap by the solid play of junior Reagan Dallison. The Eagles then took over and handed Coach Gary Partridge’s team a 25-13 loss to go up two sets to none for Valley.

The third set was close with Magnolia up 6-5 but the Eagles went on a run on their way to winning the match. Valley battled but loss the set 25-13 with Winters ending the set on two monstrous kills for the victory.

Senior All-State player Mady Winters playing sparingly in the match led the Blue with 17 hard kills and one block at the net, while also serving two points.

Victoria Hood with 10 service points, 10 kills, including four deadline kills backed up Winters on the night. She also added one block. Jaci Rhodes also pushed through 10 points and added two kills and a dig. Shy White continued her fine overall play as she put eight points, three aces, eight kills, two digs amd one block in the stat book. Lenieca Grimm provided 42 sets and nine points. Alyssa ocher had four points including three aces and added one dig, while Shaela Holiday got three kills, and Elaina Kibbey got two kills.

The Eagles travel to Bridgeport, OH., Saturday, October 3, to battle the Bulldogs.

Valley dropped to 4-6 on the season.

The Blue Eagles were on their game Tuesday, September 29, in New Martinsville as they earned a three set victory over the Silver Knights from Tyler Consolidated 25-23, 25-16, and 26-24. Although the Blue won the match it wasn’t without a fight as two of the sets went down to the wire and one ended in overtime.

Magnolia took set on by two points edging the Knights behind strong net play from Mady Winters and Victoria Hood. Set two belonged to the Blue Eagles fromm the start ending in a nine point victory, while set three could have gone either way before the Blue pulled ahead for a 26-24 win behind a hard kill from Winters to finish the match.

Winters filled up the stat sheet for the Blue Eagles as she contolled the net play pounding down 26 kills and adding four blocks. She also led the team with nine points from the service line, which included three aces, while adding four digs. Hood also added four blocks for the Blue, while slamming down 16 kills of her own and scoring seven points from the service line.

Shy White stepped up big as well scoring seven points, adding five kills and five blocks. Jaci Rhodes had four points, four kills and four blocks, Lenieca Grimm got three points and three kills, and was on target with 56 assists and one dig. Alyssa Kocher got seven digs, three points and one kill, and Shaela Holiday ended the stats with one kill and a dig.

The Lady Eagles Jaci Rhode served up 25-points in a 25-0 win over Hundred (25-4 and 25-0) and 36-points, with 16 service aces over-all to help Magnolia to defeat both Hundred and Weirton Madonna (25-10 and 25-12) in high school volleyball action last week.In the win over Hundred, Shyanna White added 9-points, with 6-aces while adding 3-kills. Meanwhile, Lenieca Grimm dished out 28-assists in the win over Madonna, while Victoria Hood tallied a game-high 12-points with 3-aces and 5-kills. Mady Winters provided 5-points and 15-kills

Paden City brought their high powered volleyball team to Magnolia on Saturday, September 19, for a noon match up with the Blue Eagles, in an early season battle of Class A powers.

The Wildcats came in with a 6-0 record and big wins over Wirt County and Williamstown. However, the Blue Eagles proved to be more than ready for the Cat’s as they took control early and went on to a three set win 25-18, 25-19, and 25-21.

Magnolia’s Mady Winters was to much to handle at the net for the Cat’s as she used her height to control the net and make timely kills in the Wildcats first setback of the season.

The Blue Eagle volleyball team opened with a 5-0 run, led by a Jaci Rhode kill and ace, 3 Victoria Hood kills, and a Mady Winters kill, before the Pilots Delaney Bolger landed a kill to break serve. However, the Eagles would score 3 of the next 4-points on a pair of Shyanna White monster slams to take a commanding 8-2.

Magnolia added another 4-straight points paced by 3-Winter service aces. Neither team could put together more than 2-points back-to-back with Magnolia finishing the each set, 25-15, 25-19 and 25-7 to win the match Sept. 10 at MHS Gymnasium.

The Eagles Hood paced the home team with half of her 12-points with service asses, while adding 6-kills and a dink. Winters, who missed the entire 2019 season due to a knee operation, followed with 5-points on 4-aces, and led all players with 10-kills and 3-blocks that landed for points.

Rohde led-all scorers with 12-points, with 4-aces, while White and Alyssa Kocher each tacking on 6-points. Lauren Gaiser scored 2-points, with 1-ace and a dink. No other stats were available for Magnolia.

Katie Refener scored a team-high 3-points, while Emily Taylor netted 2-points, while Hannah Raper, Katie Todd and Paige Bakes each scoring a service point. Raper filled the stat sheet with 5-digs, 3-assists, 3-kills and 1-block. Todd also had 5-assists and just as many digs.

The River Pilots picked up their second straight match, beating Bridgeport in 4-sets, 25-27,m 25-3, 25-16 and 25-14 Sept. 9 in Bridgeport.

River had 4-players scoring in double figures, with Emily Taylor leading the way with 23-points with 13-service aces. Kiley Wagnild served up 20-points with 4-aces, while both Hannah Raper and Kami Todd each serving up 11-points. Paige Barkes scored 3-points and Katie Refener tacked on 1-service point.

Rilyn Haught paced the Pilots with 10-kills, while Raper landed 9-kills. Taylor added 10-digs, while Raper dished out 16-assists, while Todd distributed 8-assists. Todd and Raper added 4 and 3-digs, respectively.