Catholic volleyball sweeps tri

Photos by Jay W. Bennett Parkersburg Catholic's Lainie Ross makes a pass as teammates Aaliyah Brunny (2) and Paige Stotts (3) look on during a home match Tuesday evening.

PARKERSBURG — Consecutive kills by Lainie Ross with Madison Ross at the service line finally capped host Parkersburg Catholic’s triangular sweep of Gilmer County and Williamstown here Tuesday night.

PCHS (18-2) opened the evening with a 25-12 and 25-19 victory against Gilmer County, which dropped to 15-9 after falling 25-20 and 25-16 to WHS. The hosts didn’t have it easy versus the now 7-15 ‘Jackets, but won in straight sets 25-21 and 30-28.

Williamstown’s Aubrey Erwin had back-to-back kills to fend off a pair of set points, but Aaliyah Brunny registered one of her match-high 15 kills to end set one.

The Yellowjackets, who are set to play Tuesday at Magnolia but could move it to Wednesday, led 6-2 in set two after a Georgie Inman kill and still held an 8-4 cushion following an ace by Payton Woodard. However, the hosts got a sideout due to an in the net call and Brunny’s kill started a string of seven straight service tallies from Beth Lowther, which included an ace, as PCHS pushed ahead 12-8.

WHS continued its rally and finally tied it at 16-all when libero Jillian Modesitt, who had a match-high 19 digs against Catholic as well as a match-high 29 digs versus the Titans, got a service tally thanks to a Woodard downed spike. Riah Sprouse delivered a kill for the ‘Jackets to later square it at 20 and three unforced errors by the hosts with Woodard serving put the visitors ahead 23-20. Erwin’s kill got the Yellowjackets to set point at 24-21, but Brunny took over at the net and continued to register kills from setter Jenna Boice assists. PCHS had a chance to end it up 25-24 and 26-25, but Inman had a kill and Sprouse blocked Madison Ross. Williamstown went back ahead 27-26 when Lakyn Joy’s bump set led to a kill by Kamryn Haynes, but the ‘Jackets followed with a service error. Woodard’s kill gave WHS its last lead at 28-27, which was erased on a Lowther/Madison Ross double block.

“We’ll go to Gilmer on Thursday for the LKC Night of Champions,” said Catholic head coach Amanda Weatherwax, who expects to have starter Leslie Huffman back for that match. “Overall, I think for being off all last week they are still playing hard.

“I think sometimes a little break like that can be good, but sometimes it can give you some challenges, too. I think they handled themselves well this evening and stuck with a very tough battle there in the second set with Williamstown.”

Gilmer County, which is expected to start its rematch versus PCHS at 6 p.m, never led versus the hosts in the opening set, which ended on a Lainie Ross/Mary Tokodi-Ruth double block.

Kills by Emma Taylor and Kiley Richards helped the Titans to an early 3-0 lead in set two. PCHS still trailed 6-4 following a Bayley Frashure kill via a Kaitlyn Anderson assist, but Boice later had back-to-back kills with Tiana Tauber serving to put the hosts ahead for good at 7-6. Gilmer County tried to rally behind a Taylor McHenry kill, a Brianna Ball ace and then a McHenry stuff of Brunny to get within five at 21-16. A downed spike from Anderson with Carrah Ferguson serving cut it to 22-19, but Tauber served for match point and got it thanks to a Boice/Madison Ross double block.

The Titans’ lone lead versus Williamstown came at 1-0 to open the second set thanks to a ‘Jacket attack error.

Haynes and Riah Sprouse had consecutive kills at the start of the first set versus the Titans, who closed it to 12-10 following a Taylor ace. Joy’s kill ended the first set and WHS used a combination of kills from Woodard, Sprouse, Inman and Erwin to take early control of the second set. Erwin registered match-point via a kill.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com


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