Paden City Captures Mason Dixon Volleyball Tournament
The Wildcats finished 12-0 in conference play this season and went into the tournament as the number one seed and host of the event. On Thursday night at Bob Burton Gymnasium in Paden City the Wildcats used some strong serving by senior Jenna Ferrebee and some heay hitting from freshman Hope Weber to win thier second straight Mason Dixon Tournament and their 10th in the last 12 years.
Coach Fred Kings Wildcats who got victory 28 of the season in the championship match, had to come from behind in set one to get the win. Trinity scored the first three points of the set before the Cat’s drew even with one of Ferrebee’s eight aces in the match.
Trinity came back with a point to take a 4-3 lead but Weber came down with a hard kill to give the serve back over to the Lady Cat’s. Paden City then went on a surge with freshman Mallory Yeater getting five straight service points and Weber and senior Katrina Heasley each getting a kill to keep her at the line.
Weber finished the set with seven kills but the turning point came when Trinity took a 16-14 lead. Paden City broke the serve and from their Wildcats outscored the visitors 11-1 to win the set. Ferrebee had five straight points including an ace in the run while Yeater came up huge scoring the final six with an ace.
In set two the Cat’s had to fight tooth and nail but eventually clawed their way to a lead they would never relinquish. The set started out with each team trading points until Ferrebee went on a serving spree with the score 7-7. She slammed six straight points from the line including four aces. Heasley had two kills during the run and a hard hit that went off a Trinity player.
With the score 13-8, Weber came in with one of her bone breaking hits to give the Cat’s back the serve. Yeater added four more service points, during which Weber and Heasley both added kills. Trinity got another shot from the line, with the score 17-9 but Paden City broke their serve and Heasley added two points on hard serves, and with the score 20-10 the teams traded points until Ferrebee decided to end it with a no-chance return slam to give the Cat’s the title.
For the set Paden City was led by Ferrebee’s serving as she got 16 points and eight untouched aces. Weber had a huge kill night with 20 slams, while adding three points and three blocks. No one came up any bigger however then first year player Yeater who scored 18 points on her combination of floating, spinning and hard serves, she also had 13 assists, 35 sets, three digs and three kills.
Heasley showed her worth as a team leader as she added five points and three kills, while her all-around court presence kept the Cat’s in several rallies. Seniors Aubrey Neff, who is everywhere on the floor ended with four points, three digs and 10 assists, while Kameron McClain chipped in with three points and three digs, Malayna Price added six digs.
“This is our second straight Mason Dixon Conference win and 10 out of the past 14. During this time we have had two classes that won all four years. This year we have taken the regular season and Chamionship playoff in both the OVAC and Mason Dixon. Next up we have the state sectionals and these are always good tuneups for that. We had some girls step up big in these two events but stats don’t always tell the story. Some of these girls are invaluable to our team and they get the loose balls and make the plays that don’t tell the true story or make the headlines. They have their roles and everyone of them play their part well. I’m very proud of this team and all that they have accomplished,” coach Fred King said.
In the opening match of the night on Thursday, at Paden City High School the Wildcats defeated a strong Clay Battelle team 25-18 in the first set to capture the berth in the Championship match with a second set win over the Cee Bee’s 25-12.
Clay Battelle started out strong and held a 9-4 lead before the Wildcats rallied behind some heavy hitting and several hard service points to grab the lead and finish the first set strong for the win. Set two also saw the Cee Bee’s take a 2-0 lead before the Wildcats went on a run to put the game out of reach and claim the match in two straight.
For the Wildcats, Heasley served up 16 points on some hard pin point serves that included two aces, she added two digs and three kills. Weber led the team in kills with 12 while adding three points and two blocks. Yeater had 12 points and 13 aissits, 41 sets and three digs plus two kills. Ferrebee had another good serving night with 14 from the line, plus an ace, one block and three kills. Price got eight digs and an assist and McClain added two points and three digs. Neff came in with three points, three digs, and six assists and Jenna Arnett got in the stat book with one assist and a kill.
Wildcats fall to Magnolia in Tri-Match
Paden City traveled to New Martinsville on Tuesday, October 25, for a tri-match with Magnolia and South Harrison. In their first match of the evening against the South Harrison Hawks, Paden City came away with their 25th victory of the season winning the match in straight sets 25-19 and 25-11.
Set one of the match started out on even terms as both teams traded points back and forth before the Wildcats gained a three point advantage 19-16. From there it was mostly Paden City as they finished on a 6-3 run to capture the set.
The second set belonged to the Wildcats all the way as they manhandled the Hawks from start to finish to get the win. Leading the way for the Lady Cat’s was seniors Katrina Heasley and Kameron McClain as they combined for 22 points and six digs. Heasley also had five kills in the match. Mallory Yeater had eight points, three digs, four kills and six assists for the Cat’s , while Aubrey Neff added seven points, four kills, and 10 assists.
Hope Weber and Jenna Ferrebee controlled the net play with Weber picking up five points, two blocks, nine kills and a digs, while Ferrebee got six points and seven kills. Malayna Price came through with two points and six digs.
In the Cat’s second match of the evening they fell easy prey to the stonger Blue Eagles who dominated both sets 25-13 and 25-9 for the easy win and their second over the Wildcats this season. Paden City was led in the match by Ferrebee with five points, one block, one dig and three kills. Weber had three points and seven kills and Price added five digs. McClain got three points, while Heasley had three points, two digs, three kills and one assist. Neff came through with five points, one dig, and four assists while Yeater added three points, one kill and six assists. The Wildcats ended regular season play with a 25-9 record.