VB Knights face tough opponents
Never let it be said that the Lady Knight volleyball team at Tyler Consolidated shuns a challenge. The team opened up the 2013 season with three strong, experienced programs and held their own in all.
On Sept. 4 Consolidated played host to Warren, winding up on the short end of the score when all was said and done with Warren taking the win in four sets, 25-21, 25-19, 20-25 and 25-11.
Points for the home team were earned by Ariel Fish, with 11 (three aces); Hillary Casteel, seven; Sydney Reed, five (one ace); Megan Carpenter, four; Bridget Matthews, two (one ace); Carly Fletcher, two; and Kerstyn Cline, one point.
Senior Carly Fletcher worked the floor very well in the game getting 18 digs; Fish was credited with 12 digs, five blocks and six kills; Kately Gogan had 10 digs; Hilary Casteel, 10 digs; Carpenter, five digs, five blocks and seven kills; Reed, two digs, two blocks and seven kills; Lilli Orr, two digs; Hannah Casteel, two digs; and Matthews, three blocks and nine kills.
Lady Knight setter, Kerstyn Cline, had 90 sets in the game, 23 assists, 14 digs and scored one point. Macy Long had six sets, one assist and one point.
In the junior varsity match-up, the young Lady Knights defeated Warren in three sets, 25-19, 14-25 and 25-14.
Madison West led the Silver and Black scorers in the game with 11 points (two aces); Kylie Martin had nine points (two aces); Madison Kissner scored five points (three aces); Orr, five points (two aces); Long, five points (three aces); Hannah Casteel, three points (three aces); and Bre Hartley added two points.
The Lady Knights hosted a tri-match on Sept. 7 at Tyler Consolidated, welcoming the experienced teams from University and St. Clairsville.
Against University, the Lady Knights swept the competition 25-11 and 25-17.
Fish again led all Knight scorers with eight points. She also had four digs and three kills in the game. Carpenter scored six points (two aces), had two digs, two blocks and 10 kills; Reed scored six (one ace), had one dig and two kills; Cline earned three points (two aces), had five digs, 45 sets and 22 assists; Long scored one point; Sydney Yoho had five kills and three assists; and Matthews was credited with seven kills.
It took three sets, but the Silver came out on top in their game with St. Clairsville, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-17.
Senior Sydney Reed stepped up to the plate in the scoring department for the Silver with 16 points scored (one ace). She was also credited with seven digs, two blocks and eight kills; Fish scored eight points (one ace), had 11 digs and one kill; Carpenter scored three points, had four digs, four blocks and 12 kills; Hillary Casteel had three points and 12 digs; Fletcher scored one point and had 13 digs to support the win; Yoho had four kills; and Matthews had four blocks and six kills.
Cline contributed 86 sets in the game, 24 assists and had six digs.
At this early point in the season, the Lady Knights have an overall record of 2-1 and are ranked number two in the OVAC.
Fans looking to watch some exciting volleyball action should be on hand at Tyler Consolidated on Sept. 12 when a rematch of last years state championship game will take place between the Tyler Consolidated Lady Knights and the Williamstown Lady Yellow Jackets. All students wearing Knights shirts will be given admittance to the game for $2. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.