Volleyball teams hit mid-season point
Area high school volleyball teams are finding themselves about at the mid-way point of the 2010 season with post-season goals in their headlights. Both Tyler Consolidated and Paden City teams have had busy weeks, each able to pocket several wins in the last few weeks.
On Saturday, four teams converged onto the Tyler Consolidated high school gymnasium to take part in a quad match, including Tyler Consolidated, Paden City, Williamstown and Calhoun. A large crowd witnessed the round robin play which ended in two wins for the Knights, which put the Knights at 18-5 on the season and should solidify an entry into the OVAC tournament on Oct. 16.
The first match was against a strong and scrappy Paden City team. The Knights won by scores of 25-14, 25-16. The second match pitted Tyler Consolidated against Calhoun County, who was undefeated in LKC play. In the first game, it was all Knights as the ladies in Silver and Black won handily 25-3. In this match, Torrye Cline served 19 consecutive points, which is the most ever scored consecutively in Knights recent volleyball history. Calhoun fought back in the second match but the Knights were victorious 25-22.
“I was glad to see Torrye serve like I know she can,” said head coach Richard Summers. “She played club volleyball last winter and I know how well she served then. She is just getting back on course,” said Summers.
The final match was a rematch from earlier in the year when the Knights defeated Williamstown. Early on, it appeared this would be a repeat as the Knights won 25-12. The Silver then lost the momentum and Williamstown battled back for two straight win by scores of 25-20, 25-18.
“Despite the loss, this is the best we have played all year.” said Summers. “We hit the ball all day, movement on defense was good and all the girls had great enthusiasm.”
This week, the Consolidated volleyball players have a big week as they travel to play Nitro and Ripley on Wednesday, then Parkersburg High, Woodrow Wilson, and Riverside on Saturday.
Coach Summers said, “This is a defining week for us. This kind of competition either makes you better or rips you apart.”
Tyler Consolidated will host LKC opponent Ravenswood in a dual match on Thursday, with the junior varsity match beginning at 6 p.m. The JV season record now stands at 5-1.
At the Tyler Consolidated quad on Saturday, the Lady Wildcats showed a good effort, but were not able to score a win on the day, falling to Consolidated, Williamstown and Calhoun County.
Chiara DiLeo had six kills and four points and Amanda Heasley had five kills and six points in the game with the Lady Knights, but the team took the loss in two, 14-25 and 16-25. Against Williamstown, the ‘Cats took the match to three games, 25-17, 16-25 and 18-25 with Lynnsie Parsons getting 48 good sets, 27 assists and six points in the effort. Megan Cutlip served up 16 points for the Green and White and DiLeo had 12 kills, 10 points, two assists and one ace. Parson’s set the ball 30 times and was credited with 10 assists against Calhoun County in the 15-25, 16-25 loss. She also scored seven points. Cutlip served 12 points and had five kills; DiLeo had 25 sets, five kills, six assists and eight points; Heasley served four points; and Dominique Craft served three points, had one assist and five kills.
Last week, Paden City played several games, including hosting Linsly on Sept. 30. The Wildcats took the win, 25-14 and 25-15 with Craft stepping up to serve 12 points and pound eight kills. Cutlip scored 11 points and had eight kills; Heasley scored nine, and had six kills; Parsons, seven points; DiLeo, six pints, three assists and 10 kills; and Cosper, five points. Parsons also had 53 good sets with 30 assists.
Also on Sept. 30, the Wildcats defeated Wood County Christian in two, 25-15 and 25-19. Parsons set the ball 55 times with 24 assists and served four points in the game. Both Craft and Heasley served 16 points apiece with Craft getting six kills and Heasley, five; Cutlilp served nine points, one ace and had six kills; DiLeo served three points, and had eight kills; and Cosper served two points, had one assist, and one kill.
On Sept. 29 the Lady ‘Cats played host to Bishop Donahue and Gilmer County, winning over Bishop but falling to Gilmer at Bob Burton Gymnasium. Against Bishop, Paden City took the match in three, 25-14, 24-26, and 25-16. Parsons set the ball 55 times with 30 assists and scored seven points. Heasley served 14 points and had seven kills; Craft, 13 points, seven kills, two assists; DiLeo, nine points, seven kills, three aces and one assist; Cutlip, eight points, nine kills and one assist; Cosper, two points; and Kelsey Loy had five kills.
It took Gilmer County three games to defeat the ‘Cats, 25-23, 22-25, and 16-25. Parsons had 61 sets, 23 assists, and nine points. Cutlip scored 16 points, had five kills, one ace and one assist; DiLeo served 13 points, had nine kills and three assists; Craft scored 10, one assist, eight kills; Heasley, nine points, five kills; Cosper, five points.
Paden City hosted Beallsville at home on Monday, and will host St. Marys on Thursday.