Silver Knight Volleyball Completes a Successful Week
It had been nearly six hundred days since the Lady Knights and the Magnolia Blue Eagles played a volleyball match at Tyler Consolidated. And on Tuesday, September 21, as the Knights ran onto the floor to the song “Jump Around” that’s exactly what the near-capacity crowd did. On Senior Night celebrating five Knights Seniors, the Blue Eagles were fast out of the gate and a slow start by the Knights led to the Eagles taking set one 25-19. In the second set, behind the chants of “Lets Go Knights” the Lady Knights did just that and went on to win the next three sets and the match behind the strong attacks of Caleigh Phillips and Braeden Wall by scores of 25-14 , 25-20, 25-14. Afterwards, Knights Coach Richard Summers said, “It was great to see so many people back in the stands. This was a deserving win for the team and our five very special seniors.” Seniors honored that night were Landry Buchanan, Audrey Dennis, Alisa Miller, Caleigh Phillips, and Ryley VanDyne.
On Wednesday, the Knights entertained the Bulldogs from Doddridge County. The Junior Varsity got things going winning in two sets and raised their record to 7-1. The varsity match was all Knights, who won in straight sets 25-10, 25-11, 25-14.
With little rest, on Thursday the Knights were off to Vincent, Ohio to play the Warren Warriors, who were celebrating the opening of their new gym. Once again, the Junior Varsity set the stage by winning in three sets by scores of 22-25, 25-16, 25-16. In the opening set of the varsity match, the Knights fell behind early 14-8, but were able to regroup behind the aggressive serving of Tanley McEldowney and won a tight first set 25-22. Once in high gear, the Knights had little trouble finishing off the Warriors by scores of 25-15 and 25-17. “Warren is a 5A school in Ohio with a strong tradition of success and it’s not easy to win in that environment. I thought the girls traveled and played well,” said Coach Summers.
The final contests of a busy week saw the Knights host Oak Glen in a rematch of a thriller two weeks ago, along with the Parkersburg South Patriots on Saturday morning. First up was Oak Glen and the anticipated rematch didn’t disappoint as there were long rallies and a high level of volleyball play. Oak Glen struck first and won set one 26-24. In the second set, the Knights would recover behind strong serving and good front row defense and won 25-19. The final set was a back and forth affair. With the score 26-25, McEldowney was preparing to serve for match point when the official reversed a call, giving service to Oak Glen, who went on to win the final points and the set 29-27. “Our girls played really well. Oak Glen is a AA powerhouse and we had a great opportunity to win the match,” noted Summers.
Parkersburg South was the last contest of the week. The Knights wasted little time securing a victory winning by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and raising their record on the season to 14-5. “I’m proud of girls. Our little community has a team they can be very proud of,” Summers concluded.