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Midland sweeps quad

Magnolia, South, PHS see mixed results

Parkersburg’s Beyonce Pierce and Anna Umpleby go up for a double block in a match against Cabell Midland during a Saturday quad at Parkersburg South. (Photo by Jay W. Bennett)

PARKERSBURG — Cabell Midland swept a quad match here Saturday afternoon inside Rod Oldham Athletic Center as Magnolia went 2-1 and Parkersburg knocked off host Parkersburg South 25-15 and 25-10 to pick up a victory.

The Big Reds, who were upended by the Knights 25-20, 19-25 and 25-19 and fell 25-13, 25-20 to the Blue Eagles, trailed rival PSHS 11-2 early in the first set.

Head coach Becky Bennett’s Patriots, who lost junior hitter Joyce Eddy to injury in their 13-25, 25-16, 25-21 loss to Magnolia, led 3-0 versus the Big Reds following a Logan Bowman kill with Jasmine Judy at the service line.

Parkersburg, which will welcome the Patriots (3-19) on Tuesday evening to Memorial Fieldhouse, watched Anna Gathman serve for six straight. That included a kill by Lora Litman as the Patriots appeared to be rolling.

However, Erin Thorpe’s Big Reds stormed back. Anna Umpleby started the rally with a kill and then an ace.

Kisten Roberts followed with consecutive downed spikes and after two kills by Lily Wharton along with an ace by Roberts it was even at 12.

Parkersburg South libero Grace Pedersen served for an ace to push the hosts back ahead 14-12, but PHS went on a 13-1 set-ending run.

Big Red libero Khylan Plants registered three straight service points as PHS took the lead for good at 15-14. PHS got the next six points all via kills — two by Beyonce Pierce along with one apiece from Umpleby, Caelyn Wise, Mya Green and Rylee Wise. Pierce got a kill for set point.

PHS (15-7) scored the first six points in set two and still led 13-3 following a kill by Patriot Makenna Gibson.

A second-hit kill by setter Maggie Sauers pushed PHS ahead 17-5 and the Patriots still trailed by a dozen at 20-8 after a kill from freshman Maia Johnson. Pierce earned match point via another kill.

“She rolled it, but she’ll be good,” coach Bennett said of Eddy’s ankle. “Today, we had four different lineups out there trying to cover holes and everything else, low personnel. We have the ability. It’s just finding the fight and finding confidence in themselves.”

Sauers (12) and Rylee Wise (10) combined for 22 assists against South. Umpleby had a dozen kills while Roberts (13) and Plants (11) had double figure dig totals.

“Cabell Midland is a much better team than what we saw them a few weeks ago,” said Thorpe, who watched the Knights sweep South 25-21 and 25-15 along with beating Magnolia 25-20 and 25-14. “I warned the girls. We are just either playing really well or struggling.

“There is no kind of in between for us right now. We’ve got to figure that out, but we’re young. We make a lot of mistakes. However, when we are on we are on and do really well. We just have to focus on ourselves.”

Mady Winters had 13 kills, eight blocks and seven digs while teammate Shy White recorded seven downed spikes in the Blue Eagles’ win versus South.

While the PHS-South match was going on to end the afternoon, the Blue Eagles were trying to go 3-0 but couldn’t get past CMHS. Winters had six kills and three blocks, Victoria Hood had three aces and four kills while Alyssa Kocher made 10 digs in the setback.

Cabell Midland came out on fire and quickly led 3-1 after a Tiona Carroll ace. Shelbi Hickman’s kill and then an ace by Josey Bryan made it 7-2. After four more points, the Blue Eagles of head coach Pam Chapman called timeout. Down 15-2, Winters finally got a kill, but Taylor Harris later added an ace to make it 20-5.

Magnolia, which will carry a 13-4 record into Tuesday’s Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 3A semifinal at Fort Frye, refused to give up. White’s kill with Jaci Rohde serving made it 22-12 and Hood went on a scoring barrage as the deficit was trimmed to 23-20, but Clara Lewis’ kill finally ended the set.

Despite being even at five early in set two, Cabell Midland took the lead for good by scoring four straight thanks to kills by Hickman and Lewis along with two more aces from Bryan

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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