PARKERSBURG - Paige Warner registered stuffs at the net to end both sets in the championship finals Saturday evening as host Parkersburg topped Spring Valley 25-18 and 25-14 to capture the 35th annual Snowball Invitational inside Memorial Fieldhouse.
The outcome was just the opposite of last year's finals where the Timberwolves bested the field and dropped the Big Reds on their home floor.
Parkersburg junior Kayla Lowers, who had match-highs of 12 points and five aces to go along with five downed spikes and seven digs, was selected as the Most Valuable Player. Big Red senior teammates Carly White (nine points, three aces, 18 assists, five digs, one kill) and Jocelyn Dansey (match-high nine kills, five digs) earned all-tournament honors.
Parkersburg's Jocelyn Dansey attempts to block a dink shot by Spring Valley's Kylie Perdue during the finals of the Parkersburg Snowball Tournament Saturday. Parkersburg defeated Spring Valley for the tournament championship. (Photo by Jeff Baughan)
"You never know how they are going to end the day," PHS head coach Carl Harnish said. "They really wanted it because Spring Valley beat us last year. I reminded them of that and told them to go get a little revenge back."
Spring Valley, which garnered all-tournament accolades from Hannah Bailey (three points, eight kills) and Kylie Perdue (two points, one kill), had its only leads in the finals during the first set at 5-4, 6-5, 7-6, 8-6 and 8-7.
Following a service error that made it 8-7 in the first finals set, Lowers served up an ace and ignited a 12-1 Big Red run. The PHS spurt ended with the hosts leading 18-9 after a White ace.
Big Red 10th-grader Megan Morrison later made it 24-16 with a service point via a Lowers downed spike and Warner's kill block on Autumn Ross put SVHS in the hole of the best of three match.
A quartet of errors helped PHS jump out in front 5-0 in the final set. Warner smashed a shot to make it 6-1 and Dansey crushed a bad serve-receive pass floating over the net for a 7-1 cushion that forced the Timberwolves to call timeout.
Thanks to senior Maddie Morgan serving up six straight points, which included help from an Imani Ward kill block, PHS took complete control of the match and led 16-6.
Spring Valley didn't quit and closed it to 16-10 behind three Bailey service points. However, the Timberwolves never got any closer and Warner's kill block on Bailey sealed the title on the second match point.
SVHS reached the championship by defeating Woodrow Wilson in the semifinals. Wirt County, led by Chelsea Somerville with three points and four kills apiece from Kaity Bunch and Emily Ohrn, was the only Class A school to reach the semifinals but bowed out in straight sets to the Big Reds.
Natalie McVey, the setter for Wirt County, made the all-tournament team along with Woodrow Wilson's Shaitece Trigg and Cassie Weaver of Cabell Midland.