Knights Capture Rumble
The Silver Knights put on a great display of volleyball Sept. 15 at Ravenswood as they went through the day undefeated and won the Ravenswood Rumble tournament championship by defeating host Ravenswood in two sets, 25-13 and 25-11. The Knights seemed to have all cylinders clicking as they went through the field of competition relatively easy, winning all four of their matches without much of a test.
The Knights got to the championship game by defeating Buffalo, 25-14 and 25-14. They defeated Moorefield, 25-11 and 25-19 and Charleston Catholic, 25-20,25-14.
Against Buffalo, Josey Jones led the way with seven kills, eight digs, and11 points, including two aces. She was backed by Emily Lancaster, who has been tough at the net all season; she recorded four kills and four blocks. Alexa Johnson added four kills, a block and a dig. Regan Smith came up with seven kills, four points, including two aces and one dig. JoLee Walton got 23 assists on 57 sets, four points, two digs and a kill. Cora Grimm had a good match as she continued to play steady; she got eight points, seven digs and one assist. Peyton Kocher ended with nine digs and four points, while Madison DeVaughn served two points with an ace. Victory Hood had two blocks and two kills for the Knights.
In the match with a tough Moorefield team the Lady Knights turned up the heat and downed them for another straight set win.
Walton led the team with 26 assists, 67 sets, a game-high 12 points, three digs and a kill. Jones finished the match with 10 points, seven kills, one block and five digs. Johnson played very well, controlling the net with 12 kills and a block.
Lancaster again showed her worth to the team as her blocking kept Moorefield off balance. She finished with five blocks and four kills, plus two digs. Smith added four kills, a block and a dig, while Hood got two kills and a block. Grimm got an assist, eight digs and three points. Kocher added six service points; DeVaughn finished the match with two digs and six points, and Allie Miller got one kill and a dig. Jonaya Staley added three assists.
The Knights then took on an always tough Charleston Catholic team and got their third straight two set win. Lancaster had four kills; Johnson had five kills, and Smith had four kills. Jones had 11 points, five digs and two kills. Walton ended with 11 assists and 34 sets, two kills, a dig and two points. Kocher added two assists and four digs plus a point. Summer Miller came in and played string, getting four service points and two digs. Grimm added one dig and two points, while DeVaughn got three points. Landry Buchanan served up three points in the win.
In the championship match with Ravenswood, the Silver Knights turned it up a notch and destroyed the Red Devils in two easy set wins. Jones led the Knights with seven kills, five digs, five points – including an ace, and one block.Smith filled the stats sheet with two kills, two blocks, four points – including two aces, and one dig. Walton had another big match as she scored 12 points from the service line, including two aces; she had 18 assists on 39 sets, six digs and one kill. Grimm also played big with 11 digs and four points. Kocher got six digs and six points, and DeVaughn had four digs and four points. Johnson and Lancaster worked the net well with six kills and four kills. Johnson also added two blocks. Hood got a block and two digs.
Winning the tournament gave the Knights four more wins to up their record to 9-3 on the season.
Tyler Falls To Warren In Five Sets
After defeating visiting Warren, in easy fashion, 25-16 in set one on Sept. 13, the Silver Knights let the match slip away from them in sets two and three, 25-12 and 27-25. The Knights then came back in set four to tie the match, with a 25-20 win, before the visitors claimed the match in set by the score of 15-11.
The Knights played like they would run away with the match in set one as they took an early lead and never looked back in winning the set. After going up 5-1 in the set, Warren tied it at 7-7 before the home team went on a scoring spree and put the set out of reach with the nine point decision.
The visitors returned the favor in the second set by keeping the Knights off balance with a combination of hard serving and good net play. Set three was the best set of the night as the teams traded points back and forth before Warren got the win in over time . The Lady Knights were not going to be denied and gained the win in set four with some great serving and net play of their own.
In the tie breaking set, Warren got the early lead and held off the Knights’ rally to take the match 3-2. Josey Jones used superior net play to record a game-high 21 kills on the night, while adding 26 digs, 10 points – including an ace, plus two blocks. JoLee Walton continued to impress in the setting department as she recorded 132 sets, to get 42 assists. She also led the team with 17 points and two aces, to go along with 13 digs and seven kills.
Peyton Kocher had a game-high 31 digs, plus eight points, an ace and two assists. Regan Smith came through with 22 kills at the net, one block, eight digs and one point. Coming up huge at the net was Emily Lancaster who blocked seven shots and had eight kills. She added two digs as well. Alexa Johnson also played big at the net as she got 14 kills and five blocks; she added four digs on the night.
Madison DeVaughn served up a team-high 13 points, including three aces and seven digs. Cora Grimm hit the floor for 18 digs, while adding five points and two aces. Victoria Hood got five blocks and two kills and Allie Miller got four digs.
The Silver Knights now stand at 5-3 on the season while playing one of the toughest schedules in the state. The JV team also dropped their match to Warren, 25-17 and 25-21. Landry Buchanan led the JV with six points followed by Romana Rice with four.
Knights Prove Too Strong For Crusaders
Tyler Consolidated took its volleyball show on the road Sept. 11 as the Lady Knights made the trip to Parkersburg Catholic High School for a matchup with the Crusaders. The home team put up a struggle, but the Silver Knights proved too strong and came away with a win 25-17, 25-23 and 25-20. The Knights also won the JV match, 25-19 and 25-14.
Senior star Josey Jones had a big night for the visitors as she hammered down 13 kills, had 12 digs, and scored 16 points – including three aces. JoLee Walton continued to impress as she recorded 24 assists, had 68 sets, seven points, seven digs and four kills. Alexa Johnson got seven kills and four locks on the night, plus a dig, while Regan Smith came through with five kills, five blocks, a dig and a point.
Emily Lancaster also played the net well as she knocked down seven kills and got four blocks. Peyton Kocher finished with 12 digs, six points and two assists. Madison DeVaughn served up 10 points, including three aces and added four digs. Cora Grimm got five digs and two points; Allie Miller had two digs, and Victoria Hood got two digs, a kill and a block.
The Knights use seven to eight players frequently and anyone can contribute. Coach Summers is molding them into a nice unit where he can bring someone in and count on them to do something positive. The Knights have now won three straight matches in straight sets, after going three and two in match play to start the season.
“It is a work in progress,” said Coach Summers. “We really get after it in practice, and each girl is starting to realize her role as a team member. I expect them to practice just as hard as they would in a game situation, and they are doing that. I see us getting better with each outing. There’s no doubt we will have some letdowns along the way, but bouncing back from those is a sign of a good team. I like what I see.”
In the JV match, Landry Buchanan led the way with eight points from the service line followed by Romana Rice with seven. Allie Miller added six points; Jonaya Staley got six points. Summer Miller served up five points, and Sadie Nichols pitched in two points.