ST. ALBANS, W.Va. — All good things must come to an end.
The Point Pleasant volleyball team had a record-setting season come to a close Wednesday night following a 25-23, 13-25, 9-25, 12-25 setback to Nitro in a Class AAA Region 4, Section I quarterfinal match at St. Albans High School in Kanawha County.
The Lady Knights (15-21) — who set a school-record for wins since the turn of the millennium — gutted their way through the opening game for a minimal two-point win, but ultimately managed just 34 points the rest of the way as the Lady Wildcats finished with three straight victories to secure a spot in the semifinals.
Point Pleasant — which had just three match wins last fall — had five times as many victories this season under first-year coach Amy Shriver, who twice led Gallia Academy to SEOAL titles in her five years with the Blue Angels’ program. GAHS has only three SEOAL championships alltime.
Charli Leach led the PPHS service attack with 16 points and eight aces, followed by Kaci Riffle with eight points and Hannah Smith with eight points and two aces. Megan Davis and Brook Entingh both chipped in four points apiece, while Megan Bates rounded things out with two points.
Riffle led the net attack with 12 kills and two blocks, followed by Bates with eight kills and a team-high four blocks. Davis added four kills to the setback, while Leach contributed three kills and Beth Porter added one kill.
Leach led the passing game with eight assists, followed by Entingh with seven assists. Riffle and Bates both had two assists as well.
Karissa Cochran led the defense with 14 digs, followed by Leach with eight digs and Smith with seven digs. Davis had six digs, while Riffle and Makennah Lewis both contributed five digs each. Porter had three digs in the finale, while Becca Musgrave and Kaitlyn Henry each chipped in two digs.
It was the final volleyball match for seniors Kaci Riffle, Makennah Lewis, Megan Davis and Hannah Smith in the Red, Black and White.