PHS, South, Ripley volleyball compete in quad
PARKERSBURG — Hurricane finally ousted Ripley 25-15, 23-25 and 25-17 here Tuesday night inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center to cap a 3-0 effort as the Redskins of head coach Allie Douglas also knocked off Parkersburg High and host Parkersburg South in what was a Class AAA sectional preview.
The Redskins, who improved to 18-6-1, already owned a win versus both Ripley and the Big Reds.
However, the Vikings (7-12) of head coach Brenda Moore forced a winner-take-all third set after Sophie Nichols registered a kill on set point.
In set three, the Vikings led 4-2 early after Olivia Parsons put one down via a Bailey Howery assist. The Redskins moved ahead 5-4 when libero Grace Dickerson used a bump set that led to a Kantley McKown kill. Ripley later tied it at six-all following a kill by Brenna Lutz and a Sidney Varney service tally. However, Nadia Kise followed with a downed spike only to watch Parsons deliver one of her own to keep it at seven apiece. Abigail Deel, though, then had a kill and setter Maggie Dickerson had a second-hit dump kill as HHS took the lead for good and never looked back.
“We started out our season and a week in we got a week shutdown,” noted coach Douglas, whose squad beat PHS 25-18 and 26-24, and bested the Patriots 25-23 and 25-18. “We were down two starters, Madeline Perry and Reese Parsons. (Against Ripley) I think we just got tired. No excuse.
“Ripley is a good team and they were hustling. I’m really excited about that. We have a small team again. We keep our numbers small, but we had a couple girls step up and it’s promising for the years to come.”
PSHS head coach Becky Bennett got nine kills from Logan Bowman, five from Maia Johnson, four by Cami Derenberger and a trio from Joyce Eddy during their setback to the Redskins. Setter Lora Litman has 14 assists, but was unable to play the rest of the evening due to an ankle injury. Jasmine Judy added nine digs and Reagan Parsons five assists and four digs versus HHS.
South, which will carry a 13-19 record into its 5 p.m. senior night on Thursday versus Morgantown, appeared as though it would take the opening set against Hurricane. A Johnson kill and an ace by Reagan Parsons made it 21-17. Eddy’s kill later gave the host a 23-20 cushion, but Maggie Dickerson’s ace and then a McKown kill tied it at 23. Maggie Dickerson served for the final two points. In set two, South had it even at 17-all following a Litman assist on a Derenberger downed spike, but Hurricane closed on an 8-1 run to grab the sweep. McKown had an ace and Kise a kill to account for the final two points.
The Patriots, who fell to PHS 25-16 and 25-17, jumped out to 14-8 advantage in set two versus their rivals, but the red and white came roaring back to tie it at 15-all. Rylee Wise had an ace. Riley Hilling, Mya Green and Kisten Roberts had a downed spike each and Caelyn Wise had consecutive kills to help even it. A quick set by Rylee Wise, who finished with 18, gave PHS the lead for good at 16-15 when Roberts finished with one of her eight kills. Elliza Towner made it 24-16 via an ace and another Roberts mash ended the match.
“What I was happy about tonight, especially in the PHS game, we played a heckuva lot better than we did the first time,” admitted coach Bennett, who watched her team hand Ripley a 25-19 and 25-11 setback. “I said that was great and I was down my starting setter, which that makes a difference so I had my replacements in there, but my kids stepped up.
“They did what we needed them to do. No excuses. I mean we had it and then little things we got to work on. What we see is the improvement with the girls and we have to keep going. Natalie (Donohew) stepped right in (at setter) and did what we needed her to do.”
Parkersburg, which improved to 16-9 for head coach Erin Thorpe, returns to action with a Saturday quad at Greenbrier East.
Big Red senior co-captain Beyonce Pierce saw her first action of the season versus Ripley. She finished with a pair of aces.
“They are a good team,” coach Thorpe said of the Redskins. “They are super scrappy and they just pick everything up and send it back over and they let us make the mistakes, and we did. They are definitely who we are looking to try and beat for sectionals, for sure.
“We need to focus on ourselves. We just need to make sure we are focusing more on ourselves coming into sectionals. We looked really good at times and then there are times where we just make a lot of really silly mistakes. Come postseason you can’t do that.”
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