PARKERSBURG - Defending Class AA state volleyball champion Oak Glen got match-highs of 12 points and 11 assists from senior Sydney Kell here Saturday as the Golden Bears trumped Tyler Consolidated 25-9 and 25-20 to capture Parkersburg South's annual Fall Brawl Invitational.
The host Patriots advanced to the semifinals before falling 25-18 and 25-20 to Oak Glen, which improved to 24-3 on the campaign.
Tyler Consolidated needed three sets to get past Hedgesville (22-25, 25-20, 15-8) in the semifinals, but came out slow in the opening set versus the Golden Bears in the finals. Kell served for the first six points as Oak Glen jumped ahead 7-0 and never looked back. Despite getting consecutive kills from Allison Wable later in the set, the Silver Knights still trailed 18-9. Kell finished off set one with the final six service tallies and the Golden Bears led 1-0 in the best-of-three match when Madison Juszczak put down a kill on set point.
Tyler Consolidated’s Torrye Cline, left, and Allison Wable listen in to head coach Richard Summers during Saturday’s Fall Brawl Invitational at Parkersburg South. (Photo by Jay W. Bennett)
Wable's kill block on Lacee Porter helped get the Silver Knights (25-2) off to a quick 2-0 start in the second set and thanks to a pair of Sydney Reed points and a Bridget Matthews downed spike from a Torrye Cline assist TCHS pushed ahead 6-2.
A kill by Golden Bear Jessica Stivason, who had a team-high six, along with an ace from Carissa Williams helped Oak Glen close the deficit to 8-7. Cline then got a second hit kill while Shay Yonaley tallied three straight service points as the lead increased to five at 12-7.
Thanks to a diving dig by Tyler Consolidated's Carly Fletcher, the Silver Knight fought for a point to hold a 16-12 advantage, but then Oak Glen's Morgan Poling took over at the net. Poling had a kill block on a Wable attack and then put down a spike to make it 16-14. Later, consecutive kills by Vanessa Hissam narrowed the gap to just one at 17-16.
Although a Megan Carpenter kill block and a Kerstyn Cline ace put TCHS ahead 19-16, Jessica Sutton's kill ignited a 7-0 spurt as Oak Glen went ahead for good. Williams ended up serving for six straight points and Oak Glen sealed the match on a Hissam ace.
Parkersburg South was led by Lexi Spencer's 11 points and Kayleigh Rexroad's four kills in its semifinal setback to Oak Glen.
Williamstown, last year's Class A state runner-up, registered 40 kills against Oak Glen and posted a 25-15, 25-27 and 15-10 pool play victory against the Golden Bears. However, the 'Jackets, who got 11 kills from Ciara Flowers and nine more from Carley Ellison in that match, didn't qualify for the tournament after losing on criteria.