Tyler Consolidated Wins One, Drops One
MIDDLEBOURNE – Thursday night was an exciting night of volleyball at Tyler Consolidated as the Silver Knights hosted a tri-match with a much larger school from Steubenville, Ohio and double AA powerhouse Oak Glen. In the first match against the Big Reds, the Knights showed that West Virginia volleyball is among the best anywhere as they needed just two sets to eliminate the big school from Ohio.
The first set was all Tyler as they pounded out a 25-15 win courtesy of some big kills from Abbie Fletcher, Alexa Johnson, Josey Jones and Joralda Rice. Peyton Kocher scored six points and added eight digs and JoLee Walton got six digs and four points. Macy Long had a big match as she had 63 sets and 34 assists to go along with five points. Madison West continued to show her leadership as she had eight digs and five points. Fletcher’s 10 kills and seven points led the Knights along with Johnson’s eight kills. Cora Grimm pitched in with six digs and Jones and Rice each added six kills. The Knights took the second set with an easy 25-18 win to send the Big Reds back up the river .
The second match of the night for Tyler Consolidated was against the Golden Bears of Oak Glen. Earlier this year in the Oak Glen tournament, they handed the Knights a defeat which Tyler wanted to avenge. The match went three sets with Oak Glen squeaking out a 25-23 first set win before the Silver Knights came on strong in the second set to hand the Bears a lopsided 25-9 loss.
Going into the final set of the match it looked as though the Knights had the momentum, but the Golden Bears edged out a 25-21 win to take the match in three.
Fletcher played big in the match as she was unstoppable at the net getting 16 huge kills and scoring 16 match points plus adding four digs. Long had another big match as she dished out 31 assists on 69 sets while adding five digs and eight points. Kocher had her serve working as she scored 11 points and hit the floor for 11 digs. Walton and West combined for 14 digs while Jones had five kills and six digs. With the loss the Knights are now 25-7 on the season.
Silver Knights win second straight quad match
Following Monday night’s at home quad match win, the Silver Knights traveled to St. Marys on Sept. 27 for their second straight night of volleyball. The Knights came up big once again and came away with a three match win to move their record two 24-6 on the season. With several big matches looming on the horizon, the Knights have been playing like a team on a mission with hopes of building momentum heading down the stretch.
Long, the Knights senior sparkplug setter and one of the better setters in the state, has been on fire lately with some big matches against some great competition. Her Tuesday night play was no different as she finished the evening with 148 sets and 84 assists, setting up her hitters with pin point close to the net sets.
In the match with Ritchie County, the Knights showed their superiority with back to back wins 25-17 and 25-20.
Long led the way with 47 sets, 32 assists, two blocks and three digs. Walton had 13 points with three aces while West had 11 points and four aces to lead the Knights’ scoring. West also added a match high 14 digs. Walton added two digs and two assists. Fletcher, the Knights’ big hitter, had nine hard kills to lead the attack and added one block, four points and three digs to her credit. Rice, who has been showing steady improvement, gave a good effort with four big blocks to go along with three kills, three digs and a point. Jones another big part of the Knights game slammed down five kills, had a block and four digs. Johnson added two kills and a dig while Emily Lancaster had two big blocks and a kill. Kocher and Grimm split eight digs.
In their next match against St. Marys, the Knights dominated the Blue Devils winning both sets in quick fashion 25-2 and 25-3. Jones served up 19 points to lead the charge including 10 aces while adding two kills a block and three assists. Long had 35 sets and 12 assists to go with eight points, four aces and four digs. Fletcher added nine more kills, a block and five points with an ace. West served six points and an ace plus had six digs while Walton added three points and ace and two digs.
The final match of the evening pitted the Knights against defending state champions Wirt County and once again Tyler Consolidated showed why it’s one of the better teams in the state as they laid the Tigers to rest winning two of three sets 20-25, 25-23 and 25-13. Wirt came out in the first set and looked to set the tone for the match as they opened with a 25-20 win. The determined Knights then stepped up their play and came right back and won a hard fought second set 25-23. The never say die Silver Knights then showed why they are contenders as they used a combination of great sets and kills to over power the Tigers and easily take the set 25-13 for a match win. With Long always hustling and getting in good position, she continually made good sets and the Knights combined for 36 kills led by Fletcher, who proved to much for Wirt to handle as she pounded down half of the Knights’ total kills.
Tyler Consolidated also controlled the net defensively as they blocked 19 shots by the Tigers led by Jones and Lancaster who recorded seven each. Fletcher added three blocks and three blocks and Rice and Johnson each had one. West led the Knights in the digs department with 11 hustle plays while Fletcher and Kocher each hustled for eight digs. Long hit the flour for seven digs and Jones added six. Jones served up eight points for the Knights while West added seven and Fletcher six. Long, Rice and Walton all had four and Walton added three digs and two assists. Grimm chipped in with three digs.
Tyler Consolidated continues to dominate
Clay-Battelle, Hundred and Valley all made their way to Tyler Consolidated on Sept. 26 to participate in a volleyball quad match that took less time than their trip to the gymnasium. The Knights, who play the best in the state day-in and day-out, made short work of all three schools winning over Valley 25-11 and 25-6.
Fletcher had seven points, one ace and seven kills to lead the Knights. Long had 48 sets and 18 assists to go along with five points and three digs while Rice slammed down five kills, had a block and scored two points. Kocher added seven points and three digs and West had five points and five digs. Johnson added four kills and a block while Jones pitched in with three kills, one block, three points and an ace. Lancaster got a kill and a block and Walton had two digs and two points. Madison DeVaughn scored a point.
In their next match with ClayBattelle, the Knights again took two straight set winning 25-10 and 25-7. Jones led the way with 13 service point including three aces, she also added three kills a block and three digs. Rice had six points, five kills, one block and two digs, while Johnson hammered down five kills and added two digs. Fletcher had a match high nine kills and added two digs and a point. Long scored two points with an ace and had 12 assists on 39 sets. Lancaster had a good match six service points, three blocks and a kill plus two digs. West pitched in with three points and three digs while Walton added six assists. Grimm had three points and two digs as did Jonaya Staley. Kocher had three points and Abbie Miller added one kill.
In their last match of the night, Tyler took a pair from Hundred 25-9 and 25-13. West led the charge with 11 points, two aces and five digs. She was followed in the stat charts by Kocher with seven points and three aces, plus six digs. Walton added five points, five digs and two assists while Lancaster scored four points, had five kills and a dig. Fletcher had four point, an ace and three kills and Jones added two kills and two digs. Long had six assists and three digs, Grimm three digs, Rice two kills and one point, Katlyn Griffey two digs and two points and Johnson added a kill.