Two teams – two Sectional champs
Though the 2010 season ended abruptly on Saturday at the Regionals for the Tyler Consolidated Lady Knight volleyball team, they have nothing to be ashamed of after putting together one heck of a season and winding up with not only a 28-10-2 season record, but Class AA, Region I, Section I champions to boot.
The Silver Knight ladies had won 13 straight games before their loss in the Regional semi-finals on Saturday.
Last week, Consolidated defeated Weir in the first round of Section play at Weirton to move to the next level. The championship bout pitted the Silver and Black against the Golden Bears of Oak Glen, which the Knights took in three straight games, 25-20, 27-25 and 25-13.
In the game, junior Whitney Williams served 11 points for the Knights. She also had two aces and eight digs. Sami Jones scored six points, two aces, had 12 digs, four blocks and five kills; Allison Wable scored six, two aces, six digs, two blocks and two kills; Torrye Cline served five points, one ace and had 15 digs; Heather Suter scored five points, had nine digs, 10 blocks and 24 kills; Lynsey Casteel had 10 kills and three blocks; and Alison Clegg had 10 kills and two blocks.
Setter Keri Suter had 98 good sets in the game and was credited with 34 assists. She scored seven points and had eight digs.
“This was a classic example of what happens when you have 20 girls pulling together,” said head coach of the Silver Knights, Richard Summers. “I will forever remember the girls on our bench and the contribution they made. If we didn’t have them cheering, offering support and playing specific roles, then I have no doubt we would not have advanced. The girls won a championship in a Sectional that was loaded with three other good teams. I was so pleased as they worked hard and deserved that success.”
At home on Nov. 6, Tyler Consolidated hosted the Region I volleyball championships, with the Silver Knights pitted against the Ravenswood Red Devils in the first game match-up, while Oak Glen took on Ritchie County in the other semi-final match.
Against Ravenswood, the Knights battled hard, but came away on the short end of the score: 25-23, 25-19, 14-25, and 25-15.
Keri Suter was leading scorer for the Silver on the day with 15 served points and four aces. She also had 72 sets, 36 assists and four digs.
Heather Suter scored 10 points and three aces, had five digs, nine blocks and 17 kills; Torrye Cline scored 10 points and had 10 digs; Jones scored seven, had 11 digs, and three kills; Williams scored four points; Wable added one points, had six digs and three kills; Casteel was credited with nine kills and two blocks; Alison Clegg, four digs, four blocks and four kills; Makayla Clegg, one kill; Megan Carpenter, one kill; and Sydney Reed, scored one point.
“I hate this loss for our seniors,” Summers said. “They have been great all year and I know how bad they wanted to advance. But they take with them many memories and have had great success. Next year’s seniors, Whitney Williams, Sami Jones and Keri Suter, will have a chance to lead a talented team. Perhaps next year, they can experience the ultimate success that this year’s seniors experienced during their career. for sure, expectations will be high. And special thanks to our student cheer section and to the many community members who supported us. They were wonderful and showed tremendous sportsmanship and class which was noted by many.”
The Ritchie County Rebels defeated Oak Glen, and eventually Ravenswood to take the Regional championship. Both Ritchie County and the Red Devils will represent the Region at the West Virginia State Volleyball Championships this weekend.
Paden City Lady Wildcats
The Paden City High School Lady Wildcat volleyball team worked hard this season, gaining experience as well as recognition on and off the court. The team finished the 2010 season with an impressive 28-13 record, conference champions in the Mason Dixon Conference, as well as the Class A, Region I, Section I championship.
At the Sectional Semi-final at Bishop Donahue on Nov. 1 the ‘Cats handled the Maroon Knights of Wheeling Central in four matches, 25-19, 18-25, 25-16 and 25-15.
Megan Cutlip served 17 points and one ace for the Ladies in Green. She had 20 kills and five digs; Chiara Di Leo scored 15 points, had three assists, 13 digs, 14 kills and five sets; Amanda Heasley scored 15, had six digs and four kills; Dominique Craft scored 14 points, two aces and had two assists along with nine kills and nine digs; Logan Cosper added 13 points, two aces and nine digs; Josie Fox had one dig; Kelsey Loy had three digs.
Lynnsie Parsons had 115 sets in the game, scored 14 points, 27 assists, one ace and three digs in the win.
In the semi-final match-up between Paden City and Weirton Madonna, the ‘Cats took the Sectional title in three games, 25-11, 25-22 and 25-21.
Heasley scored 18 points with one ace, had nine kills and eight digs; Craft scored 16 with two aces, had two assists, eight digs, eight kills and three sets; Cutlip scored 12 points and one ace for the Green, had one assist, six digs, 16 kills and one set; Di Leo scored seven points, had two assists, seven digs, 15 kills and four sets; Cosper scored three points, had four assists, seven digs and seven sets; Loy was credited with six digs.
Parsons set the ball 80 times in the game, served 18 points, had 31 assists and four digs.
“We’re just so proud of them,” said head coach Fred King. “You know, nobody gave these kids credit at the beginning of the season, and for them to come this far, it’s just something. They’ve really worked hard and earned every bit of success they have achieved.”
At the class A Region I tournament in Wirt County on Saturday, the Lady ‘Cats had their plates full. At least four members of the volleyball team also participated on the Paden City High School cheerleading squad, who also had Regional competition that day, in Wheeling. After traveling many, many miles in a few hours time, both squads competed in their respective divisions and performed very well.
The Lady Wildcat volleyball team fell to a strong Williamstown team in their only match of the day, 7-25, 15-25 and 15-25.
Di Leo served seven points for the Green, with one ace and had six digs and eight kills; Heasley served seven, had three digs and three kills; Craft was credited with six points, one ace, five digs and four kills; Cutlip scored five and had two digs and eight kills; Cosper scored five with one ace, had two assists, three digs and 11 sets; Parsons had 57 good sets in the game, scored seven points, was credited with 16 assists, and had one dig.
Williamstown went on to win the Regional title with Wirt County placing second.