Tyler Comes Up Short in Sectional Play
Tyler Consolidated went into the Region 1, Section 2 play at Ritchie County on Monday, November 4, as the third seed and was pitted against the Paden City Wildcats a team who had beaten them earlier this season.
The Knights have been a thorn in the Wildcats side over the years, but Monday night Paden City made a stand and took the match in three straight close sets 25-21, 25-19, and 25- 14. The Knights have had a successful season and played tough competition, but Monday, just wasn’t their night as Paden City was on their game and used some skilled net play and power serving to secure the win. Regan Smith led the Silver Knights charge as she knocked down 18 kills and had 12 service points, plus 11 digs. Sadie Nichols offered nine points including an ace and turned in 23 digs, while Madison DeVaughn got 11 service points, including an ace.
Paden City was led by Weber and Yeater who combined for 59 kills, 59 assists, 35 digs, 25 points and three aces. The Wildcat win sent Tyler into the loser bracket of the tournament where they met up with St. Marys and earlier loser to Magnolia.
The Silver Knights regained their composure to take down the Blue Devils in three straight to get the match win and give them another night of play with a match against number one seed Ritchie County who lost in three straight sets to defending state champions Magnolia. Against St. Marys, the Silver Knights went right to work and the Blue Devils had no answer with the Knights getting three straight wins 25-9, 25-9, and 25-8. Regan Smith again led the charge with six kills, two digs, nine points, and nine assists.
Caliegh Phillips had a good match as well as the sophomore collected 10 assists, four digs, three points and an ace. Madison DeVaughn filled the stat book with a big performance of 11 digs, 18 service points an two aces. Sadie Nichols got two digs and 11 points, Allie Miller had three digs and six points and Victoria Hood had eight kills, a block and three digs. Summer Miller pitched in with a block and two digs , Laudry Buchanan got an assist and Ashley Spencer had four points and an ace.
On Tuesday, November 5, the Knights went up against Ritchie County the tournaments top seed and looked to have the match under control, but as often happens the momentum changed and the Rebels turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win. The Silver Knights came out and clearly looked to be the better team taking set one with an easy 25-11 win, and stayed on course to capture the second 25-18. With the pressure on Ritchie to perform or close out their season, they decided against the latter and rallied to win the match 3-2. Set three was a different story as the Rebels played aggressive from the get-go and won the set 25-13. Set four was more of a see-saw affair with Ritchie finally coming out on top 25-20, and the fifth and final set belonged to the home team 15-11.
The Knights finished their season on a dissappointing note, but it was one good season with a lot of great volleyball. Sophomore Caleigh Phillips led the Knights in the match with Ritchie as she had eight kills, five blocks, 12 digs, six points, an ace, and 15 sets. Regan Smith finished her junior season on a good note as she added eight kills, seven blocks, eight digs, 15 points, three aces and 12 assists. Victoria Hood had seven kills, and a great defensive match with 12 blocks, plus one assist.
Summer Miller finished with four kills, four blocks, and one assist. Allie Miller got 10 digs, five points, three kills and two blocks. Senior Madison DeVaughn came through with 33 digs, eight points and one ace. Sadie Nichols added six points, Lindsay Thompson had three kills, three blocks, one dig, and 10 points, plus an ace.
“I’m of course dissappointed, I believe we played hard and had our chances, but we didn’t take advantage of opportunities and ended up on the short end. I am very proud of this group of girls, they have played hard all season,” Said Coach Richard Summer. “We’ll take a break and then continue to build on what we’ve accomplished with this team and bring it to the court next season.”