RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — So much for momentum.
Despite winning its final two regular season matches, the Wahama volleyball team fell in its postseason opener, as host Ravenswood claimed a 3-0 victory in the Class A, Region IV, Section 1 opening round.
The Lady Falcons (2-21) — which will need to get back in the win column on Tuesday in order to avoid elimination — jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the opening game. Ravenswood (34-17) took the lead at 8-7 and never trailed again on its way to a 25-14 victory.
The Red Devilettes led wire-to-wire in the second game, taking a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-12 victory.
Wahama scored the first two points of the third game, but RHS took the next five points and never trailed again en route to the 25-14 win.
“We hustled probably more than we’ve hustled the entire year,” Wahama head coach Matt VanMeter said. “Ravenswood is a good team, but you take away the silly mistakes that have plagued us all year, and it’s a lot closer of a game. I didn’t think we looked all that bad, despite what the score showed.”
The Lady Falcons were led by junior Madison VanMeter with six service points, including one ace. Emily VanMatre was next for Wahama with five points and one ace, followed by Gracie VanMeter with four points and two aces. Hannah Billups and Maddy VanMatre each finished with one point, including an ace by Billups.
At the net, Makinley Bumgarner led the Lady Falcons, posting four kills. Maddy VanMatre, Emily VanMatre, Gracie VanMeter and Grace Hill each had two kills, while Billups and Madison VanMeter both marked one kill, with Madison VanMeter posting a team-best 11 assists.
Bumgarner also led the WHS defense with nine digs, followed by Gracie VanMeter and Emily VanMatre with seven digs apiece.
Kendall Bowen led the Red Devilettes with 16 service points, followed by Katie Mellinger with 13. Bayli Manns and Lauren Hoff each had seven points, Erica Green chipped in with five, while Molly McCutcheon contributed two service points to the winning cause.
Ravenswood — which has set a new school record for wins in a season — fell to Wirt County in the second game in ‘The Pit’ on Monday. The Red Devilettes will face Calhoun County on Mick Price Court, on Tuesday.
Wahama returns to RHS on Tuesday at 6 p.m. when it will compete in a postseason elimination match with Parkersburg Catholic.
“What ever team can end up winning this section has a good chance of winning the whole thing,” Coach VanMeter said. “If we could compete with some of these teams that have been to the state tournament and won the state championship, I’m happy.”
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