MASON, W.Va. — If you play with YellowJackets, don’t be surprised when you get stung.
The Williamstown volleyball team improved to 32-9 on the season after winning a tri-match over Point Pleasant and Wahama, on Monday night on Gary Clark Court.
The Lady YellowJackets first claimed a 2-0 victory over PPHS (13-10) by counts of 25-14 and 25-12. Then, the Lady Falcons (0-21) fell to Williamstown by consecutive counts of 25-9.
The third match of the night, between the two Mason County schools, started off with a a 9-1 Wahama lead. The Lady Knights battled back and took the lead 17-16, but the Lady Falcons were back in control at 19-17. PPHS regained the advantage at 20-19 and it never trailed again, taking the 25-23 victory in the opening game.
Point Pleasant scored the first five points of the second game and led wire-to-wire, en route to a 25-10 victory.
“We started hitting,” PPHS head coach Marla Cottrill said of what changed in the final game of the night. “That’s our problem, when we don’t hit, we’re free-balling it or tipping it over, and those are easy returns. When we get a good pass and a good set, we’re getting good hits.”
On the night, PPHS was led by Gracie Hoffman with 10 service points and two aces, followed by Brenna Dotson with eight points and two aces. Peyton Jordan and Michaela Cottrill both posted seven points and one ace, while Madison Hatfield and Lanea Cochran each added four points, including one ace by Hatfield.
At the net PPHS was led by Michaela Cottrill with seven kills, followed by Brenna Dotson with six kills and two blocks. Cochran marked five kills and two blocks, Luiza De Costa contributed five kills, while Gracie Cottrill had four kills and a team-best nine assists. Hatfield and MacKenzie Freeman both had three kills in the tri, with Hatfield adding eight assists.
“We’ve been struggling and we haven’t been playing to our potential,” Coach Cottrill said. “One of our varsity setters got hurt last week and we had to bring a Madison Hatfield up. She’s done a good job, she’s coming along and she’s learning.”
After a meeting with Parkersburg Catholic on Wednesday, the Lady Knights will host Winfield on Thursday. The Lady Generals eliminated the Red, Black and White from the 2015 postseason.
For the tri-match, Wahama was led by Maddy VanMatre with seven points and one ace. Madison VanMeter and Elizabeth Mullins each had five points, including one ace by Mullins, while Gracie VanMeter marked two points on two aces. Makinley Bumgarner rounded out the WHS service attack with one point on the night.
“Williamstown is a really tough team,” said Wahama head coach Matt VanMeter. “We got a lead on Point and I think we relaxed a little bit, maybe even got a little bit cocky. You can’t do that against Point, you can’t do that against anybody, not when you’re Wahama and you’re as young as we are.”
At the net, the Lady Falcons were led by Madison VanMeter, with two kills and three assists, and Maddy VanMatre with two kills and two blocks. Mullins marked one kill and two blocks for Wahama, Hannah Billups added one kill and one block, while Bumgarner chipped in with one kill.
“Wahama girls, when they get down, they get down,” Coach VanMeter said. “That’s why you play more than one match, you can make mistakes in the first one, you learn from them and you get better in the second one. Unfortunately, we have a habit of making mistakes and getting beat, then we get down on ourselves. We play well, we just need to learn how to win.”
Wahama returns to action on Thursday, at Hannan.
Monday night was also the Lady Falcons’ Volley for the Cure contest.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.