TCHS’ Volleyball Team Runner-up in LKC Championship
RAVENSWOOD – Winning the LKC is always one of the goals for the Silver Knights volleyball team. Just making the final four is a big deal and getting into the finals is just a dream for some teams. Tyler Consolidated and Williamstown seem to make a habit of it. On Saturday in Ravenswood, the two teams easily eliminated the opposition in the semi-finals in anticipation of the big showdown.
The championship match was what everyone expected, high energy, good volleys and hard hitting. Both teams played great volleyball with Williamstown winning in three straight sets but not before having to battle back in each set.
Both teams battled even in set one and the score read 20-20 before the Yellowjackets barely pulled away for a 25-22 win. In the second set it was nearly identical with the score once again 20-20 and Williamstown coming out on top 25-22. The Knights never gave up and in set three they were tied on five occasions late in the set at 15, 16, 17 21 and 22 before the Yellowjackets finished with a point off of an attack error and two service points.
The Knights got a big night from senior hitter Abbie Fletcher who had a combined two match kill total of 46. In the first match with Calhoun County Fletcher controlled the play with 29 unheard of kills compliments of some excellent setting by senior ace Macy Long. Fletcher also added seven points and six digs plus one block. Long finished the match with 33 assists on 56 sets and had nine digs and two points. The Knights also got fine play from senior libero Madison West who scored 14 points with two aces and picked up 12 digs.
JoLee Walton an excellent server had a match high 15 service points and one ace, to go along with eight digs and four assists. Josey Jones had a big match as well as she killed nine balls, had nine digs, three blocks and three points. Joralda Rice added eight kills and two blocks while Alexa Johnson got four kills. Peyton Kocher scored 11 points and had seven digs and Cora Grim got an assist and two digs. The Knights ended with 50 kills in the match and 52 service points.
In the championship match with Williamstown the Silver Knights were once again led by Fletcher and Long. Fletcher slammed down 17 big kills to tie with Williamstown hitter Brooke Stewart for match kill honors. Fletcher also added three points, an ace and two blocks. Long took match honors in the setting department with 33 assists on 71 sets while scoring two points, getting six digs and one block. Johnson, a sophomore, came through with 10 kills and three digs while Jones added seven digs, five points, four kills and three blocks in an all-around good performance. Rice added four kills and three blocks and Kocher chipped in with nine points, three aces, and six digs. West got eight digs and four points with an ace and Walton added a point with an ace. Emily Lancaster got two kills and Cora Grimm added a dig.
“Williamstown played well, but we were a little out of sync, we had a lot of young kids on the floor. They are growing up,”said Coach Summers. “We’ve got 12 of 16 kids who are in the 10th grade or less and they are surrounded by three good seniors (Fletcher, West, Long), but we’ll benefit from games like this.”
Tyler Consolidated wins quad match
Just three days after losing a big quad at Bridgeport, W.V., the Silver Knights came back with a vengeance. A large crowd turned out on Oct. 18 as the Knights host its own quad match to celebrate senior night. The Knights started out with big school power Parkersburg South and with the three seniors leading the way overpowered the Patriots in two straight sets 25-17 and 25-10.
Senior hitter Fletcher was on her game as she pounded down 11 huge kills while also recording two blocks, five digs, six points and two aces. Senior setter Long had a big match as she offered 49 sets resulting in 20 assists and had four points and four digs. Senior Madison West did well from her Libero position scoring seven points and getting six digs. Johnson had eight kills and two blocks. Josey Jones got seven digs, two blocks, two kills, our points and one assists while Rice had two kills, two blocks and a dig. Kocher ended with four digs, six points and an ace. Emily Lancaster got four blocks and a dig and Cora Grimm and Katlyn Griffey both had a dig. Walton scored six points, three digs and two assists.
In the Knights’ second match of the night they found themselves in a tight battle with hard-hitting Phillip Barbour but managed to overcome with superior volley play and teamwork to take the match in three sets 25-20, 22-25 and 25-20. The seniors again came up big to lead the Knights with Abbie Fletcher getting her 1,000th kill of her career in the opening set. With the 1,000th kill she was awarded the game ball before a standing ovation from the crowd. Immediately following the presentation Fletcher slammed one down and the Knights went up 10-8. From there Fletcher, Long and West put on a show with Fletcher ending the match with 14 kills, three blocks, five digs and six points. Long had another beautiful match as she continually got the ball in position for the hitters. She finished with 61 sets, 32 assists, 10 digs and six points. West showed her worth to the Knights as she came up with a match high 16 digs with no error’s and had five service points.
As a result of Long’s setting the Knights ended with 38 kills in the match. Johnson had another big match with nine kills and three digs while Jones got five kills, a block, six digs, seven points and an ace. Rice had six kills, a block, five points, a dig and an ace. Walton also came up big with 12 digs, seven points and two aces. Lancaster had two kills, two blocks and two digs while Kocher had three digs.
The final match of the night pitted Tyler Consolidated against Robert C. Bryd a team they lost to on Saturday. The Knights however would have nothing more to do with that and finished the night with a two set sweep 25-18, 25-21 to win the quad. Fletcher had seven kills, five points and two digs in limited playing time and Johnson continued to improve with eight kills and two blocks. Jones was on her game as well with 10 digs, five big blocks and three kills plus a service point. West got 10 digs and four points while Walton came through with five points, two aces and four digs. Long had 18 assists, 10 points and three digs and Kocher got five digs and five points. Rice added four blocks and two kills and Lancaster got two blocks, two kills and one assist. Grimm finished with three digs.