Lady Warriors place second in PVC tourney
The Pocahontas County Lady Warriors ventured into the Potomac Valley this past week with games at Pendleton County High School and the Potomac Valley Conference Division I Volleyball Tournament at Paw Paw High School in Morgan County.
Thursday, October 7, saw the Lady Warriors in a regular season PVC Junior Varsity and Varsity match with Pendleton County. The Junior Varsity Lady Warriors continued their steady wins by clinching a close set, 28-26, and then sealed the match with a 25-18 win over the Wildcats.
Tiffany Alexander lead the scoring drive with 12 followed by Kary Barb and Lindsey Gay with eight each. Barb fired in three serving aces. Kayla Honaker and Rebecca Jerome chipped in five each. Tiffany Alexander was hot at the net and slammed in seven spiking attempts and recorded three kills. Rebecca Jerome strategically placed eight dinks that racked up four kills.
The Junior Varsity record improved to 4-1.
The Varsity Lady Warriors, after a six-day idle period, struggled with the Lady Wildcats and lost the PVC match 19-25, 18-25 and 13-25. Shelby Snead again led the serving score with nine points and one ace. Juniors Miranda McNabb and Chloe Bland each fired in eight and both recorded an ace. Heather Snead followed with seven and one ace. Sophomore Heather Snead was on fire at the net with 11 attacks and slammed in four kills. Chloe Bland contributed nine spiking attempts, while Shelby Snead and McNabb followed up the attack with three kills each. Tiffany Alexander had two attempts with both earning kills.ﾠ
The Lady Warriors travel 167 miles deep into the Eastern Panhandle for the annual PVC Tournament on Saturday, October 9, hosted by Paw Paw High School.
The Lady Warriors were seeded second in the tournament and began play against the home team, Paw Paw. The Lady Warriors won the match in two sets, 25-20, 25-20.
Shelby Snead once again fired in 13 serving points and one ace, while sister Heather responded with five points. Bland led the net attack with seven attempts and three kills and Senior setter and hitter Sarah Shears contributed six attempts garnering two kills. Senior Karen Wilfong racked up five attempts with one kill for a fast match. The Lady Warriors were then idle for a match and then met the Moorefield Yellowjackets and clinched a thrilling match in two sets, 28-26 and 27-25. Shears led the offensive attack with 12 attempts and three kills while Snead and Bland contributed five attacks with Snead recording five kills and Bland three kills and two blocks.
The championship game featured the number one seed East Hardy Cougars against the Lady Warriors. In an exhilarating match, the Lady Warriors gave the skilled East Hardy team a very difficult time, but eventually lost the match, 20-25, 25-23, and 11-25.
Senior Karen Wilfong led all scorers with 11 points followed by Bland with 10 and one ace, while Shelby Snead slammed in 10. The offensive attack had Juniors McNabb and Bland firing in nine and 12 spikes with Bland knocking down four kills and McNabb two. Wilfong joined the spiking attack with eight attempts and two kills. Both Bland and McNabb intimidated the East Hardy attack with four very well-timed blocks that had the East Hardy team scrambling to adjust.
Although the score reflected a loss, the Lady Warriors were valiant in their play and showed their true athleticism by playing the most games of all the teams present and experiencing limited substitutions throughout the tournament.
In an unfortunate turn of events, none of the Lady Warriors were honored for their play with a slot on the PVC All Tournament Team. Players from the first, third, and fourth place teams received the honors and the Warriors experienced a painful snub of their noble play. The Lady Warriors' record improved to 14-6.
The Lady Warriors face Mercer Christian and Montcalm at Mercer Christian Thursday.