Coach Summers Gets 500th Career Victory Vs. Williamstown
Tyler Consolidated has won some big volleyball matches over the years, but none have been any bigger than the Knights’ two set win against Williamstown on Oct 4 in front of a home crowd.
Silver Knights’ Coach Richard Summers has been at the helm of the volleyball program for the past 17 years and his team came through in a big way as they handed him his 500th career win with the victory against the Yellow Jackets.
“I am so proud of these girls,” Summers said. “They work harder in practice everyday and they do everything we tell them. I want to give my wife all the credit. She understands the game and works very well with the kids. Without her, I could never have accomplished this milestone. I have been here with the program for 17 years and that means we had to average around 29 wins a year. We will keep on working hard and get ourselves prepared for the rest of the season and the post season play.”
The night got off to a strange start when the Silver Knights’ first opponent Ravenswood arrived about 20 minutes late, but the Knights got things back on schedule as they made quick work of the Red Devils by winning two straight sets 25-13 and 25-20.
Next up for Tyler Consolidated was Williamstown, which had defeated the Knights 25-23 and 25-23 earlier in the season. This time around, however, the Knights came up big overpowering the YellowJackets 25-22 and 25-15. Leading the way for the Silver Knights in the big win were senior standouts Abbie Fletcher, Macy Long and Madison West. Fletcher had 14 big time kills, five digs and two points, while Long had 63 sets resulting in 29 sets.
She also had five digs, two points and a block. West the defensive stalwart dug deep and came up with 14 digs to go along with three points.
Josey Jones also had a big match with eight kills, six blocks and six digs. Joralda Rice Served up nine points, had four kills, two blocks and four points. JoLee Walton added seven points, two aces, three blocks and two kills and Peyton Kocher got five digs and two points. Alexa Johnson got five kills and Cora Grimm two digs.
In the match with Ravenswood, Fletcher continued her hard hitting with 14 kills, five points, two aces and five digs. West added 12 big time digs and a point while setter Long offered up 48 sets resulting in 23 assists to go along with seven points, one ace and three digs.
Walton got eight points on hard serves and added four digs and three assists. Johnson got two kills and a block while Grimm added six digs.
The final match of the night resulted in another win for Tyler Consolidated as they took down a strong Ritchie County team with a hard fought 25-13, 25-20 straight set victory. Walton turned up the heat in this match as she hammered the ball for 17 big service points which included four aces and a match high nine digs. Fletcher provided the kill power with a match high 17 points and Long continued her expertise in setting with 59 sets, 26 assists, while also serving eight points with two aces and five digs. Jones and Rice combined for 11 blocks and five kills. Johnson added three kills an a dig. Kocher had five digs and two points and Katelyn Griffey got five digs. Fletcher also had five digs and two points and Rice got three digs and four points. The Silver Knights stand at 29-7 following the win.
The Silver Knights made the trip to Clarksburg on Thursday night for a big tri-match against some more tough competition in hopes of preparing for the upcoming post season. Playing everyone and backing down from no one has been the norm for the Knights this year. They started out well as they defeated Robert C. Bryd High School in two straight sets although it wasn’t easy. The first set went into overtime with the Knights prevailing 27-25. They then got things going in the right direction as they won the second set 25-12.
Rice had a big night as she recorded six blocks and six kills. Adding to her team leading total for the year was Fletcher with 11 kills while West played well again at the Libero spot with 15 digs and nine points. Long had 63 sets and 24 assists plus four digs. Jones recorded five kills and six digs and Petron Kocher had some hard serves to score 16 points and grab six digs. Walton added four digs and Johnson had four kills.
The match with Bridgeport didn’t go quite as well with the Knights, falling in two sets to a powerful AA school 25-20 and 25-14. Tyler got a stellar performance from Fletcher who offered up 12 kills and six points, but it wasn’t quite enough to overcome the Bridgeport attack. Long had 13 assists and six digs and Rice added six points. West also added nine digs while Kocher had eight digs and seven points. Johnson finished with four kills.