Lady Knights qualify for OVAC
The Tyler Consolidated Lady Knight volleyball team completed a big week which culminated in them qualifying for the OVAC Championships on Saturday.
On Oct. 6 the team traveled to Ripley where they picked up wins over two class AAA teams: Nitro and Ripley.
On Oct. 7, the Silver and Black played host to LKC opponent Ravenswood in what would turn out to be a classic battle of conference- leading schools. The home team won two games by scores of 25-16, 25-14, while the Red Devils won two by similar scores of 25-13, 25-16. This set up a game five, which would ultimately be won by Ravenswood 15-11.
“Hats off to Ravenswood,” said Lady Knight head coach Richard Summers. “They played like champions and deserved to win. They are a very good volleyball team.”
On Saturday it was off to the Fall Brawl at Parkersburg South where the competition would go up another notch. In match one, the Knights were paired against a talented Woodrow Wilson team. Despite playing well, the Silver lost both games 25-17.
Next up was perennial power Wirt County. The format of the tournament was to only play two games, which ended in a split with Consolidated winning one 25-20, and losing one 22-25. The third match was with the Big Reds, a favorite to win the class AAA state title. In game one, it was all Big Reds winning by a score of 25-7. The Knights, however fought back in game two and had several chances to take the lead late in the match but PHS pulled it out 25-22. Concluding the day was a match against Riverside. Riverside won game one 26-24, but the ladies in Black and Silver roared back and won game two 25-18.
The junior varsity squad also had a big week, as they lost to Ripley in two close games on Thursday, 19-25, 23-25, but defeated both Paden City and Magnolia on their home floor on Monday. The Knights defeated the Wildcats 25-13, 25-11, and took the Blue Eagles 26-24, 25-19.
Both the JV and varsity squads will travel to Ritchie County on Oct. 14, for an LKC showdown with the JV match beginning at 6 p.m.
The Lady Knights, ranked number three in class AAA in the OVAC, will face the number two squad, St. Clairsville, at noon on Oct. 16. The winner of that match will face the winner of Buckeye Trail vs. Edison for the OVAC Championship. All matches are played at Steubenville High School.