Paden City Hosts Annual Spike-Out
Paden City held its 14th annual volleyball spike-out on Saturday, June 30. The event featured four local teams and started at 9 a.m. while finishing up with the championship game around 4:15 p.m.
With the temperature in the mid to upper 90s outside, it was not a good day to be in an non-airconditioned gym, but the girls from River, Frontier, Valley and Paden City endured until the end with the Pilots coming away with the championship in a two set-match victory over the Wildcats, 25-17 and 25-16.
Paden City went into the championship round as the number one seed after defeating Valley – 25-16 and 25-21, in the first match of pool play.
Mallory Yeater led the Wildcats with 12 points and 32 sets in the match, while Valley was led by Jenna Dallison with six kills; Regan Dallison added four points and three digs. Paden City’s Hope Weber knocked down 11 kills in the two sets and finished with five service points.
Match two on the day saw Frontier and River go at it with Frontier proving to be the better team, coming out on top – 25-10 and 25-16 and winning both sets.
Paden City got its second win in pool play as they hammered Frontier, 25-10 and 25-16, in two straight sets to take the match.
Hope Weber came up big in the match with 15 kills and 11 points; Yeater added 13 sets, 25 assists and 12 points.
Valley and River played match four on the day with the Pilot girls winning in two straight sets – 25-19 and 25-17. The fifth match-up of the day began at 12:15 with Paden City and River tangling in one of the best matches of the day. The first set was a thriller with River edging out a 27-25 overtime win. Set two saw the Wildcats fall victim to River’s power and return play, 25-16, giving River the match win.
Valley and Frontier went at it in the final game of pool play with the Cougars getting the win in two straight. J. Dallison had a nice match, but it wasn’t enough to get Valley a win. She finished the pool play match with 12 kills and nine points.
Going into the championship round, Paden City got the number one seed to take on Valley in the first match. Second seeded River took on third seed Frontier to determine who would play in the championship match.
Paden City, behind the fine play of Mallory Yeater and Hope Weber, proved to be to much for the Lumberjills as they won big – 25-14 and 25-11. The Wildcats got a match-high 16 points from Yeater, along with five aces. She also added 12 assists. Weber had 13 kills and four blocks, plus three points.
In the second match, River eliminated Frontier to move into the championship round with the Wildcats. In the championship match with Paden City, the Pilots came back from a deficit to get set one in overtime, 25-17. Weber had seven kills in the contest, while Yeater knocked in nine points and eight assists. In the second set, River used its hitting and return power to overcome the Wildcat attack and gain a 25-16 win for the 2018 championship. Yeater and Weber both played excellent volleyball all day, but River’s depth ended up being a factor.
All the teams, fans, and coaches exhibited excellent sportsmanship during the tournament. If there was a sportsmanship trophy to be handed out, in this writer’s opinion, it would have gone to Valley. The Lumberjills’ coaching staff was fantastic. Their attitude was upbeat and encouraging. Head Coach Gary Partridge, while doing a good job with his girls with instructions and encouragement, seemed to be having a good time. He laughed and enjoyed his day and never quit. It was a good show of sportsmanship that would do well for all coaches and fans to take a look at.
In this writer’s opinion, it was a very well-run tournament, well organized by Paden City coach Jennifer Yeater and many of the Wildcat parents. All of the teams took their turn helping as line judges and score keeping. The Wildcats have been putting on the tournament for 14 straight years, and from all indications, it will continue. This writer looks for a very exciting volleyball season for all of the schools and wishes them well.