Barnesville and Caldwell advanced in the Division IV Volleyball Sectional Tournament at Barnesville Monday night.
The Shamrocks enjoyed home court advantage and dispatched River in three sets 25-17, 25-16 and 25-7 in front of a large contingent of fans.
"I am very happy with the way we played tonight," stated Barnesville head coach Nikki McEndree. "It was a total team effort, everyone contributed, I thought everyone hustled and covered the floor well tonight."
RIVER’S Leslie Young goes for a spike as Barnesville’s Raquel Bahmer attempts to block during Monday’s Division IV sectional tournament at Barnesville High School. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
McEndree pointed out the exceptional statistics from Barnesville's Kelsey Douglass, the junior made good on 26 of 27 serves scoring 22 points with 4 aces. Douglass added 4 kills and 6 digs to lead Barnesville. Marissa Burga had 7 kills with 6 digs, Devvyn Yager helped out with 11 assists, 7 digs and 3 kills. Raquel Bahmer added 4 kills and 4 digs with a pair of blocks.
Barnesville's Jessica Hunkler was credited with 6 digs, 6 assists and one kill. Sydney Bruce notched 12 digs with an assist, Paige Huntsman added 8 digs, Hunter Weiss contributed 3 digs with 1 assist and Morganne Warfield posted 3 digs and one kill. Miranda Plumly added a dig and a kill as the Shamrocks advance to Thursday's match against Caldwell.
"We beat both Caldwell and Beallsville twice during the regular season, but you can never take for granted that third time around," said McEndree. "We need to come out Thursday with that attitude."
River was paced by Leslie Young with 7 kills and 6 blocks. Annie Turner helped the cause with 14 assists, 3 kills and 3 digs, Torey Potts notched 5 kills and 7 blocks while the Lady Pilots' libero Hannah Jones covered the backcourt with 30 digs.
Caldwell looked to make quick work of Beallsville taking a double digit lead in the opener but the Lady Devils rallied late to make it a more respectable 25-21 final. The second set of the match the Redskins were up 24-15 when the Pilots earned a side out.
Allie Campbell served up 8 straight points as Beallsville fought back to even the score at 24 apiece. Caldwell won a side out and finished the second off with a kill to earn a 26-24 win.
Down 2-0, the Pilots were able to muster up a win 25-17 to avoid elimination.
Caldwell was not to be denied as it moved on to face Barnesville Thursday by a 25-22 count ending the season for Beallsville.
Allie Campbell notched 13 kills, 6 blocks and 5 digs to pace Beallsville. Madison Stephen had 12 kills, 8 digs with 3 blocks while Hayley Campbell added 10 deadly spikes, 6 blocks, 12 digs and one assist.
Anna Jones set 13 assists, had 5 digs and one kill while Morgan Miley contributed 7 assists and 5 digs for the Lady Pilots.
Caldwell's Maggie Tilton was queen of the net with 28 kills and 4 blocks adding 9 digs and 2 assists. Hanna Depuy had 10 kills, 4 blocks, one dig and one assist, Breanna Sawyer notched 9 deadly spikes and 9 digs while Marla Border helped out with 25 assists, 15 digs and a pair of kills for the Lady Redskins.
Top-seeded New Matamoras Frontier will start the sectional action tonight at Barnesville as they take on St. Clairsville East Richland Christian in the 6 p.m. match. Bellaire St. John will battle with Bridgeport in the nightcap for the opportunity to advance to Thursday's sectional finals back at Barnesville.
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