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Photo by Jay W. Bennett Parkersburg’s Shelby Roberts makes a pass to the front row following a spike by Hedgesville’s Makenzie Yates during Saturday’s summer volleyball tournament semifinals inside Memorial Fieldhouse.

PARKERSBURG — Taking advantage of the three-week summer period, several area volleyball programs converged Saturday inside Memorial Fieldhouse for the Big Reds’ tournament.

Unfortunately for the host Big Reds of head coach Erin Thorpe, they went out in a tough semifinal setback to Hedgesville.

Parkersburg South head coach Becky Bennett’s program was ousted in the quarterfinals by Philip Barbour and the Colts ended up reaching the title match against the Eagles after besting Woodrow Wilson in the other semifinal.

Despite needing three sets, Hedgesville head coach Joy Vandine’s squad managed to best Philip Barbour by scores of 24-26, 25-16 and 25-21 as first team Class AAA all-stater Makenzie Yates finished off match point with a kill.

“We’re progressing,” said Big Red Shelby Roberts. “We definitely have a lot to work toward, but so far it’s been really good and better than last season.”

The summer title for Hedgesville was its second. The Eagles won Tyler Consolidated’s tournament last weekend and head to coach Heather Halfin’s tournament Wednesday at Philip Barbour.

“This was our last tournament. We’re done,” admitted coach Bennett of her Patriots.

“We’re not doing any practices next week. We were at Tyler’s tournament last weekend and we were at Marshall camp on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

“We haven’t had a full roster the entire time. We have the kids to put together what we need to put together, but we have to get the kids to think of themselves that way that they can do it.”

PHS assistant coach Scott Cozzens, whose junior varsity squad played solid against Hedgesville in pool play, went to Tyler Consolidated last weekend while the varsity competed in Charleston.

“Coach wanted to put in a little bit different stuff this year,” Cozzens said. “Shoot, my basketball team doesn’t look this good in summer.

“They had a good week of work. They did a lot of good stuff and they should be really excited going forward.”