Lady Knights Fall To Wirt County at States
The Tyler Consolidated Lady Knights volleyball team opened the state volleyball tournament at 8:30 a.m. on Friday with a three set quarterfinal victory over the Man Hillbillies. The Knights started out quickly and never looked back as they took the match 25-14, 25-10 and 25 15.
Coach Summers squad looked like they may be the team to beat as Ariel Fish continued to show why she is a good candidate for all-state as she knocked down 14 kills, had five blocks, 12 digs, 11 points and two aces. Fish controlled the net for most of the match and was just too much for Man to handle.
The Lady Knights seemed to feed off of Fish’s play as Joralda Rice contributed 12 points, three aces, four digs and four blocks. Abbie Feltcher added 10 kills and two blocks while Josey Jones pitched in with seven digs, two kills and nine points. Macy Long had a good night as well with 66 sets and 28 assists. JoLee Walton added 10 sets and five points.
The evening session began at 6:30 with Tyler Consolidated meeting up with the Wirt County Tigers, who earlier in the day beat a good East Hardy team. The semi-final game started out with the Tigers taking the lead, only to see the Lady Knights come back at the end of the first set to win 25-20. It looked like the Lady Knights had things under control, only to see Wirt catch fire and take the next three sets 25-13, 26-24 and 25-6.
The Lady Knights went into the semifinals on a 13-straight tournament set winning streak. Summers’ team has made an appearance at the state tournament the past four years and has been runner up in 2013 and 2014. This year’s defeat comes at the hands of a Wirt County team that went on to win the event in a five-set thriller against Magnolia.
The Lady Knights won this year’s sportsmanship award and were honored with Ariel Fish being named to the all-tournament team.
Fish and Hannah Casteel played their final match for Summers and are the only seniors on this years team.
“These two young ladies have been a special part of Knights volleyball for the past four years. They are really something and it has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to coach them. We will really miss their leadership,” said Coach Summers.