PHS netters shine on senior night

Parkersburg’s Lindsey Kiger prepares to serve the ball during Wednesday’s home triangular inside Memorial Fieldhouse. Kiger and fellow teammate Amayah Lauer were honored prior to the quad on senior night for the Big Reds, who went 3-0. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

PARKERSBURG — Williamstown had the last crack at it, but host Parkersburg wasn’t going to be denied as head coach Erin Thorpe’s Big Reds improved to 24-11-7 following a quadrangular sweep here Wednesday during senior night inside Memorial Fieldhouse.

Prior to the volleyball action, red and white seniors Amayah Lauer and Lindsey Kiger were honored. After defeating Wheeling Park 25-13 and 25-12 and also dispatching Morgantown by scores of 25-16 and 25-7, the red and white never trailed versus the Yellowjackets during a 25-17 and 25-12 sweep.

PHS, which is off until Saturday when it returns home to play host to the Spookfest Invitational, were led by Shay-Lee Kirby’s match-high 12 kills versus WHS, which had the opening set tied at 1, 2 and 4-all thanks to kills by Bethany Arnold, Skyler Chancellor and Kayla Bauman.

However, Kiger’s kill got a side out and she followed that up with seven straight service points, including two aces, as the ‘Jackets trailed 11-4 following a smash by Lauer. Shelby Roberts, who had a match-high 15 assists, later served for five straight as Grace West registered a downed spike between Kirby kills for a 15-5 bulge.

Libero Skylar Watson recorded Williamstown’s first service point thanks to a Skyler Chancellor kill via a Tori Tadlock assist, but that still had the hosts in a 20-8 hole. Freshman Gracie Graham had a run of five consecutive points thanks in part to downed spikes by Faith Hoosier and Chancellor, but a Kiger spike went unreturned and PHS took the first set against its Class A Wood County counterpart.

Williamstown freshman Gracie Graham passes the ball toward the net during Wednesday’s quad inside Parkersburg’s Memorial Fieldhouse. The Yellowjackets finished 1-2. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Roberts’ ace in set two along with six tallies from Lauer at the service line put PHS in complete control of the match with a 9-1 lead. Kirby dominated at the net and also got help from West. The ‘Jackets later trailed 12-2 after Big Red Hannah Adkins served up an ace. Consecutive aces by Kiger later made it 20-6. Despite a trio of points from Chloe Hooper, the ‘Jackets couldn’t rally and PHS got the final four points it needed thanks to a Kirby kill, two Lauer aces and West getting match point via a downed spike.

Williamstown, which will carry an 18-18-4 mark into its seventh-place home Little Kanawha Conference match on Monday versus Braxton County, picked up a 25-10, 28-30 and 25-16 triumph against Wheeling Park, but came up short versus Morgantown in another three-setter — 25-15, 20-25 and 25-18.