PHS netters down South
PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg South volleyball team came out swinging Tuesday night at Memorial Fieldhouse and grabbed the opening set 25-19 against rival Parkersburg, but the Big Reds’ defense buckled down and the red and white won the final three sets – 25-12, 25-14 and 25-10 – to improve to 8-3 on the campaign.
Patriot head coach Becky Bennett’s squad tallied 14 service points in the opener, but managed just 10 service tallies the rest of the way. Although PHS had more than a dozen unforced errors in set one, veteran head man Carl Harnish’s squad settled down and dominated after that.
Lyxi Reeder finished with a match-high 31 assists. She added 12 points, two aces, six kills and two blocks in the victory. Alexandra Dills powered the hitting barrage with a match-high 20 downed spikes and teammate Shada Harnish led all servers with 23 points and seven aces.
Two quick service points from setter Taylor Ratliff, one of which was an ace, gave the Patriots a quick 2-0 lead in set one. Kayleigh Rexroad’s kill tied it at 12 and PSHS went ahead for good thanks to consecutive Big Red attack errors. Lexi Hoover’s ace made it 17-13 Patriots and Logan Somerville closed out the set with an ace.
Brittany Boso, who combined with teammate Kasey Williams for 15 kills, put one to the floor to give the Patriots the first point of the second set. However, Kaitlin Farrah proceeded to serve for six straight points and Harnish nine as the Big Reds bolted ahead 16-2. During the spurt, Courtney Bell registered consecutive downed spikes while Alison Schumacher followed a kill-block with a crushing kill on a bad Patriot pass which floated above the net. Patriot Katie Harper’s service tally thanks to a kill by Williams later made it 18-8, but Dils and Bell ended the set with back-to-back kills.
In the pivotal third set, the Patriots led 1-0 after Nicole Landis got an assist via a Boso kill. Dills, though, came through with five kills. Her last one in that barrage made it 7-6 and Hannah Hill followed with an ace as the Patriots never got closer than one point the rest of the set. Reeder worked a quick set to perfection with Samantha Shingleton that made it 14-9 and the closest the visitors got after that was at 15-13 following a Sara McPeek kill-block.
Parkersburg, which travels to the Charleston Civic Center Showcase on Thursday to face George Washington and Woodrow Wilson, never trailed in the final set.
The Patriots will attempt to better their 9-6 record when they play in a 6 p.m. Thursday dual at University.