Tyler Netters Claim LKC Title
KIDWELL – Tyler Consolidated’s six seniors accomplished one of their season-long goals Oct. 20 as the Silver Knights defeated Parkersburg Catholic 25-22, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-13 to win the Little Kanawha Conference volleyball championship.
Libero Peyton Kocher, who had a match-high 28 digs, served up an ace for match point that went off the top of the net and plopped over on the hardwood of the Silver Knights’ homecourt.
“I wanted that ace. That was even better because it’s really hard to do,” Kocher said shortly after taking a team picture. “I think this is the beginning of many championships for us.”
Parkersburg Catholic, which doesn’t have a senior on the team and dropped to 14-9 for head coach Amanda Weatherwax, didn’t help itself with a trio of service errors in the pivotal third set.
“They played really strong through the semifinal game and had high energy,” noted Weatherwax, whose club defeated Clay County 25-22, 25-8 and 25-18 while TCHS bested Doddridge County by scores of 25-19, 25-14 and 25-21 in the other semifinal.
“We had some mistakes in the championship game and we can’t let ourselves get our head down.”
Veteran Silver Knight head man Richard Summers was more than pleased to see Kocher, JoLee Walton (match-high 42 assists), Josey Jones (match-high 19 kills), Emily Lancaster (12 kills), Alexa Johnson (11 kills) and Cora Grimm (18 digs) finally win an LKC crown as 12th-graders.
“I’m just glad my seniors had an opportunity to play in this and hopefully it will help us down the road,” said Summers, whose squad improved to 27-7 and won the LKC crown for the first time since 2012. “Winning the LKC is a huge deal and it’s the toughest and hardest single-A conference in West Virginia.
“I’m happy for them. They do work hard and it’s been a while. I can’t say enough about the seniors and Josey Jones just put on a show. She’s just a really good player.”
In the opening set, Regan Smith’s kill put the Silver Knights ahead for good at 22-21 and Jones ended the set with a downed spike.
PCHS, which was led by Jenna Boice’s 29 assists, Gracie Lowers’ 24 digs and Aaliyah Brunny’s 14 kills, watched an 18-12 lead in set two slip away. PCHS moved ahead 23-22 when Boice and Lainie Ross (10 kills) double blocked Jones. However, Jones responded with a kill, but Brunny followed with a downed spike and Paige Stotts’ ace made it a best-of-three match.
Consecutive service errors by the Crusaderettes gave the Silver Knights the lead for good in set three at 15-14. Jones then smashed a kill on a back-row attack, which seemed to give the hosts all the momentum.
“We have to work hard for every point we get,” Walton said. “This is awesome. We’ve done so much hard work and it’s starting to pay off.”
The only time set four was even came at one-all. Jones then registered a kill as too did Lancaster. It was 7-1 after a long volley went TCHS’ way when Johnson got a kill and it was 8-1 after a Jones ace.
Lainie Ross tried to keep PCHS within striking distance after she made a play at the net which resulted in a downed spike. Ari Nedeff added a service tally which then cut the deficit to 11-6, but PCHS never got closer than three the rest of the way.
“It’s pretty awesome,” said a smiling Jones. “We’ve been working really hard and all the seniors deserve it. The whole team deserves it.
“I’m just really proud of everybody. I think our biggest goal is to get better every single day and give it 100 percent every time we step on the court whether it’s practice or a game.”
Clay County (17-13-4), which got 10 kills and four aces from Alisea McMillion as well as seven kills, three blocks and two aces from Courtney Bevins, topped Doddridge County 25-18, 22-25, 19-25, 25-16 and 15-12 to win the consolation match.
The Bulldogs (13-20) were led in their semifinal setback by Jasmine Ball’s seven points and two aces. Abi Jo Nicholson and Kaiden Amos also had an ace apiece for the Bulldogs, who got five service tallies apiece from Brooklyn Hinzman and Raine Fritz.
Silver Knights Volleyball on a Roll
Tyler Consolidated took it’s volleyball show on the road Thursday night, October 18, as they rolled into Wheeling to battle the Patriots and Morgantown High on the Wheeling Park floor.
This was one time the Class size didn’t matter as the two Class AAA schools were no match for the single A Silver Knights as they took down both big schools in straight sets. The first victim for the Knights was Wheeling Park who they defeated 25-20 and 25-13. Morgantown didn’t have any better luck as the Knights sent them back down the interstate with a 25-20, 25-16, beating.
In the match with Park, Josey Jones had eight kills, nine points with an ace, eight digs and two blocks while JoLee Walton followed suit with 23 assists, 51 sets, five points with an ace, one block and two digs. Alexa Johnson was also powerful at the net as she beat down seven kills and added three blocks.
Emily Lancaster came up big with five kills and three blocks while Regan Smith hit down four kills and blocked two, while adding one dig and four points. Peyton Kocher got nine digs and three points and Cora Grimm added seven digs and two points. Madison DeVaughn got six service points and three digs and Victoria Hood had two kills and a block.
Against Morgantown, the Silver Knights got another big match from Jones, with 10 kills, 12 digs, seven points and two blocks. Walton continued to show her skill as a setter with 30 assists on 56 sets, while adding six digs, two blocks and two points.
Johnson, was huge at the net hammering down 12 kills and recording seven blocks. Add to that six kills and six blocks by Lancaster and six kills and five blocks by Smith, plus two kills and three blocks by Hood and you have a total of 36 kills and 23 blocks to control the net play.
Grimm with 10 digs and eight points and Kocher with 11 digs and four points along with DeVaughn’s four digs and five points gave the Silver Knights some great back row play and a combined 17 service points, to help lift the Knights to victory.
“Those were two good ball teams, Morgantown just finished winning the Five A OVAC title game on Saturday, we knew they were good but we’re a pretty good team as well and tonight we played like we know we can, when we guard the net and hit the ball hard we are very hard to beat. I hope we can continue to play with confidence as we have some very important matches coming up, ” Coach Summers said.
Silver Knights Celebrate Senior Night in Fashion
Tyler Consolidated sent the Rebels of Ritchie County home, deflated from some hard hitting and superior play, on Tuesday, Oct. 16 as the Knights raised their record to 20-7 with a four set victory on senior night. The Silver Knights won the match 25-21, 26-24, 13-25, and 25-11.
Coach Richard Summer’s veteran squad, consisting of six senior starters, jumped out early to a first set 16-10 lead and then held on for a 25-21 win. Set two was a back and forth win for the Knights, but it took an overtime win, 26-24, to give the Silver Knights a 2-0 lead in the best of five match. The Knights had the momentum on their side, but the Rebels didn’t quit and came back to get an easy 25-13 third set win.
Coach Summers gave the Knights a pep talk before set four; this seemed to fired up the team, and they came out behind JoLee Walton’s 10 straight points from the service line to get the upper hand and take the win, 25-11, for the match victory.
“Often in volleyball the momentum changes, and the whole match turns around. We wanted to put them away in three, but they got the easy win, 25-13. I told them to go out and play like the winners they are. We needed to get the jump on them, and we did. I am so happy for these girls to get this senior night victory. It was a great win for us, but we still have a lot of volleyball left, and we can’t afford any letdowns. We will continue to practice hard as we get near the sectionals,” Coach Summers said.
The six seniors on the squad all played a big part in the win. Walton garnered 83 sets, 30 assists, 23 points with two aces, six digs, three blocks and a kill. Josey Jones accounted for 12 digs, eight kills, six points, and three blocks. Alexa Johnson got a game-high 15 kills, plus a block and a dig. Emily Lancaster accounted for seven kills and three digs, and Cora Grimm got 10 digs and nine points. Peyton Kocher got 11 digs and two points.
Adding to the win were Regan Smith with four kills, three blocks, and two points. Victoria Hood got three blocks, and Madison DeVaughn had five digs and five points. Allie Miller added two points with an ace, and Sadie Nichols contributed a point.