South netters top PHS to win Fall Brawl

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg South’s Brittany Boso took a set from Kayleigh Rexroad and pushed it into a wide open back corner to hand Taylor Ratliff match point here Saturday inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as the Patriots trumped rival Parkersburg – 25-19, 18-25 and 25-22 – to win the annual Fall Brawl volleyball tournament.

PHS, which was paced by Samantha Shingleton’s match-high 13 kills, led 21-20 in set three following a Nicole Bradford service tally, but the Patriots (24-9-1) scored five of the final six points.

“It’s the first time in a long time that we have won our own tournament,” said Parkersburg South head coach Becky Bennett, who got a combined 20 downed spikes from Rexroad, Boso and Katelyn Byrd. “I was very proud of the girls. That’s how we have needed to play all season.”

The Big Reds, who received eight points apiece from Jordan Lallemont and Katie Quillen as well as eight kills from Courtney Ball, lost the lead for good at 23-22 in the final set when coach Carl Harnish’s squad was called for being in the net. A solid serve from Ratliff that wasn’t returned set up match point.

“Our girls would’ve played that ball,” said Harnish, whose Big Reds thought Boso’s push at the end of the match went outside the antenna.

“We didn’t do too bad considering we had three starters gone. South deserves it. They played hard and deserved to win.”

The Patriots, who return to action on Wednesday with a home triangular versus St. Albans and Morgantown, took the lead for the first time in set three at 6-5 following a Kasey Williams kill. Before making a late rally, PHS found itself down 16-10 after Patriot Lexi Hoover recorded a service tally.

PSHS received solid blocking in the second set from Byrd and Sara McPeek to keep it close early, but kills by Katelyn Bond and Mackenzie Boone kept PHS ahead 7-6. A Shingleton kill from one of Lyxi Reeder’s match-high 27 assists later gave the Big Reds the lead for good at 17-16. Lallemont recorded back-to-back aces to seal the set.

Parkersburg was its own worst enemy during the opening set as the Big Reds made five service errors. Logan Somerville’s ace actually put Parkersburg South ahead for good at 10-9. Big Red Shada Harnish’s service point kept the red and white within three at 16-13, but PHS never got any closer.

Defending tournament champion Oak Glen lost 25-23 and 25-10 in the semifinals to Parkersburg South, but the Golden Bears were playing without middle hitter Jessica Stivason, who was injured during pool play.