ASHTON, W.Va. — One team was coming away with its second win of the season. The only question headed in was which one?
The Point Pleasant volleyball squad held off a spirited effort by host Hannan and claimed a 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 triumph Monday night during a non-conference match between Mason County programs.
The Lady Knights (2-4) trailed 1-0 in all three games and were down by as much as four points in the first two contests, but the guests kept finding ways to make big plays when they were needed most.
There were 11 ties and 14 lead changes overall in the match, with most of those coming in the first two games. PPHS, however, broke away from a 12-all tie with 13 of the next 19 points to claim Game 1 by a seven-point margin.
The middle contest ended up being a pure dog fight, as there were six ties and seven lead changes in Game 2 alone. The Lady Wildcats (1-8) jumped out to their largest lead of the night at 16-10, but Point answered with nine of the next 13 points to knot things up at 19.
There were ties again at 20, 21, 22 and 23, but the guests held serve for two straight points to claim the minimal two-point decision and a 2-0 match advantage.
The hosts led 1-0 and were tied at 6-all, but were ultimately never closer during the finale. The Lady Knights led by as much as eight points in Game 3 before eventually claiming the seven-point win and a straight-game triumph.
“It’s always a good night whenever you can win a match in the county,” PPHS coach Marla Cottrill said following the win. “We had to change some things up a bit due to some injuries, and it did take us a little while to adjust. Once we did, we were able to put things away and get out of here with the win. It’s a nice start to our week.”
It was Hannan’s fifth straight loss overall, but coach Lauren Hensley was still pleased with the effort that came in this latest setback.
“We’re thrilled with the way our girls played tonight,” Hensely said. “We were formidable and competitive against a bigger school. It wasn’t the end result we wanted, but we will be pleased with that kind of effort any night.”
Cierra Porter led the PPHS service attack with 11 points and 10 aces, followed by Charli Leach with 10 points and Leah Cochran with eight points. Mackenzie Freeman was next with seven points, while Sarah Hjelseth had three points and Gracie Cottrill added one point.
Becca Musgrave led the guests with nine kills, while Cottrill contributed five kills. Cochran, Leach, Porter and Brenna Dotson also had three kills apiece for the victors.
Makayla Hoffman paced Hannan with seven service points, followed by Kassidee Bush with five points and Clarissa Crank with four points. Kelsey DeVries was next with three points, while Lanie Craig and Anna Taylor added two points apiece. Maddison Staggs also had one point for the hosts.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.