Paden City Wins OVAC Class A Tournament Over Beallsville
The Wildcat girls have been on a mission lately and the goal has been to win the big OVAC conference tournament. Last week they tuned up for the event with some stiff competition against some much larger schools including the 5-A OVAC Champ John Marshall. The Cat’s manhandled them in the first set Thursday and played Tyler Consolidated to the wire later that night.
“I knew after watching Thursday nights match with JM, that we were ready to play. My thought was we are good enough to win the OVAC if we can stay focused and finish. We proved last week against Tyler we can do that and it gave us the confidence we needed to get the job done. I can’t say enough about these girls, they played at a high level and never gave up. Sure we started strong but you have to finish. Beallsville has a very good team and we split with them during the regular season, so we knew they would be ready as well. When you get into the fifth set it’s anyone match. Our girls faced a little adversity in that match but they came through and finished strong to bring the trophy back to Paden City for the first time in six years. The town of Paden City has a lot to be proud of tonight. Coach Bowers and I are just as happy as we can be for these girls. We have several seniors on this team who wanted this bad enough to lay it all on the line. They have set the example for the younger kids to follow and we expect to have some great teams in the years to come at Paden City,” said coach Fred King.
The Wildcats 21-7 wasted no time as they took to straight sets 25-17 and looked to be on their way to an easy match win. However as often is the case in high school volleyball, the mometum changed in the other direction and Bealssville took two straight close ones 25-23 and an overtime 26-24. This set up the rubber match and what a finish it was! All night long there were some great volley’s and the lead changes were numerous as both sides slammed down some montster kills. But, the best was saved for set five.
Beallsville jumped ahead 2-0 on service points before a fault gave Paden City a point. The Cat’s tied it at 2-2 but Beallsville got a point and led 3-2 before the Wildcats scored three straight to go ahead 5-3. Paden City Senior Jenna Arnett had two kills in the run. The Blue Devils added a point for to pull within one before the Wildcats jumped ahead 12-8. On a volley that fell in for Beallsville making it 12-9. Paden City protested the call claiming there was four hits . After some discussion by senior Capyain Malyana Price with the officials they called a replay and the Wildcats and the score returned to 12-8. From there Paden City scored 2 points one on Kameron McClian’s ace and another on a kill. With the score 14-10 the Wildcats finished on a dink to get the win and the rest is history.
Paden City’s two freshman led the charge with setter Mallory Yeater scoring a match high 23 points, while also dishing out 24 assists, 42 sets, four digs and four kills.
Her counterpart heavy hitter Hope Weber played the net to perfection with a match high 26 kills, 11 blocks, 14 points and three digs for a triple double.
Though in all however it takes the senior leadership to win these type of matches and Paden City had plenty of that. In fact, the winning point was scored on a beautiful misdirection tap by last year’s OVAC player of the year Aubrey Neff. Neff finished with 16 service points, 18 assists, 37 sets, four digs, and three kills. Senior Jenna Ferrebee played at a high level as she also controlled the net play and had some beautiful serves. Her stats of 21points and 21 kills, plus six blocks, a dig and three aces proved her worth on the night. Senior Katrina Heasley, was not to be denied as time and again she came up with a big play finishing with 15 points, nine digs four kills and three sets. Her overall team play made a difference on several ocassions during the match. Senior Kameron McClain who has been a pleasant surprize this year added 17 points from the service line, and added seven fine digs. Senior Malyana Price took over the digging chore almost single handed as she finished the night with 23 digs to go with her six points, one ace and a kill. Jenna Arnett who has come a long way and rotates in the lineup added two sets but also got a valuable kill on a little dink midway through the last set.
The Wildcats who have made a habit of making the OVAC playoffs, finished second last season and has had four players of the year in the last seven years while winning the campionship twice and placing second seven times in the past nine years. Coach King has also been named Coach of the year on three ocassions. This was Paden City’s fourth OVAC title in school history.
Paden City fall in Tri-Match
In preparation for the big OVAC final on Saturday, the Wildcats hosted two of the top area teams on Thursday, night , when John Marshall and Tyler Consolidated came to town. The Cat’s started the night against the highly rated Monarchs and immediately took control winning the first set 25-18. During the first set Paden City’s Freshman sensation Hope Weber came up huge with three blocks and 14 kills and it looked like it would be the day of the Cat.
However John Marshall re-grouped and flexed their muscle in set two taking a 9-0 lead before the Cat’s could dent the score board. After a couple exchanges and the score 15-4, the Monarchs went on to get 10 of the next 15 points and come away with a 25-9 win. Seet three was more of the same as the Wildcats couldn’t control the hard hitting and serves of John Marshall who took the third set in identical fashion 25-9 for the match win.
Freshman Mallory Yeater led the Lady Cat’s in the match with 12 points, one ace, four digs, one kill and 18 assists, and 36 sets. She was followed by Weber with three points, five blocks, one dig, and 18 kills. Katrina Heasley, added nine points, five kills and five digs, Aubrey Neff got five points, 24 sets, and seven assists. Jenna Ferrebee pitched in with six points, two blocks and five kills.
Kameron McClain had five points and seven digs and Malyana Price ended with three points, 12 digs and one kill. Jenna Arnett got a block, two kills and two assists.
The Wildcats had time to rest up before taking on Richard Summers, Tyler Consolidated squad in the final match of the night. Set one was a dandy as they went back and forth with the largest lead at three before the Knights were able to put it away 25-23. Set two however belonged to the Wildcats as they gained a hard fought 26-24 overtime win to push the match to the third and final set.
Set three saw the Wildcats take a 5-4 lead before a service error tied the set 5-5. There was then a roatation problem and the set was delayed while they worked it out, the score then went to 6-6 with the Knights serving. The Silver Knights kept the lead from there and was up 18-14 before Paden City went on a spurt to tie the set at 20. The Cat’s then went up 22-20 but lost a point on a volley and from there the Knights finished them off 25-22.
The Wildcats got a great effort from Jenna Ferrebee with 16 points, 17 kills, three blocks and one ace. Mallory Yeater filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 37 sets, 18 assists, four digs and four kills while Hope Weber added two points, one block and 15 kills. Senior Aubrey Neff came through with 11 points, 32 sets, 20 assists, and six digs.
Malyana Price added 13 points and 10 digs and Kameron McClain got 11 points, six digs and a kill. Senior Katrina Heasley had another solid night with eight points, one ace, four digs, and nine kills. Paden City fell to 20-7 with the loss while Tyler improved to 13-10.
Wildcats advance to OVAC Final
Finishing as the top seed and having the home court advantage never hurts but it was evident on Tuesday, October 10, that the Wildcats of Paden City needed neither of the two.
The Cat’s started out a little slow against fourth seen Madonna as the Blue Dons took a 3-0 lead in set one but from there it was all Paden City.
Coach Fred Kings squad scored 10 of the next 12 points to open up a 12-5 lead they would never relinquish, as they went on to capture the match in easy fashion with three straight sets 25-11, 25-11 and 25 21.
The win upped the Wildcats record to 20-5 on the year as they head into a Tri-Match on Thursday, with Tyler Consolidated and John Marshall on the home court. They will then travel to Union Local on Saturday, for the championships of the OVAC against Beallsville, Ohio, a team they split with during the season.
In the Match with Madonna, last years OVAC player of the year Aubrey Neff led the attack with 18 18 match high points while adding an ace, 36 sets, eight assists, three kills and a dig. She was followed by Mallory Yeater who turned in some impressive stats with 17 points, 18 assists, 39 sets, six kills and two digs. Jenna Ferrebee, had a big night as well with a team high 13 kills, seven points, two aces, three blocks and a dig. Hope Weber came through with 11 kills, and four points.
Katrina Heasley the usual steady senior, scored 11 points, had three aces, two digs and one assist, while Jenna Arnett added a point, a block, and two kills. Kameron McClain scored seven points and had six digs and Malayna Price got 13 digs, eight points and one assist. Savanna Price added two points with an ace, Abbie Stackpole one point and Cora Anderson one assist.
“We played well tonight, but there are some tough matches ahead for us and we have to stay sharp. These girls work hard and tonight it showed what they can do when they stay focused. That was a good team we beat but we still have to play better to bring home the championship on Saturday. We split the regular season with Beallsville, so it won’t be easy, however we’re going up there with the attitude that we will win. I am very happy with the way the girls played tonight and hope we can take that type of play with us on Saturday,” Said Coach King.