MASON, W.Va. — It was a rough final outing for the Lady Wildcats.
The Hannan volleyball team’s 2015 season came to an end on Monday night after being defeated in consecutive matches in the Region I, Section IV tournament held at Wahama High School in Mason County.
The Lady Wildcats (6-17) fell in consecutive games to St. Joseph and host Wahama.
Hannan started off well against the Lady Irish in Game 1 when Makayla Hoffman gave the Blue and White a 6-5 lead. St. Joe took a 14-11 lead off six service points from Tati Schrader and Kathleen Steadman. Senior Anna Taylor got Hannan back to within three of the Lady Irish. Madison Staggs hit four straight service points to give the Lady Wildcats a 23-22 lead. St. Joe stopped the rally and won the first set 25-23.
Steadman got the Lady Irish out to a 11-7 lead early in the second set. Lanie Craig’s two service points got the Lady Wildcats within one point of the Lady Irish. Desiree Disu’s five service points got the Black and Gold back on track. The Lady Irish took Game 2 25-13.
The Blue and White’s offensive struggles continued in Game 3. Disu took control of the set with eight straight service points to put Hannan in a 21-11 hole in the middle of the set. St. Joe finished the match with a 25-13 win in the third set.
Craig got Hannan off to a hot start with six service points in Game 1 against Wahama. Elizabeth Mullins gave the Lady Falcons a 15-14 lead in the middle of the set. The Red and White held on for a 25-21 win.
Wahama senior Olivia Hill gave the home team a 9-3 advantage early in the second set. Jessica Dalton got the Lady Wildcats back to within two points of Wahama. Hannah Billups got the Lady Falcons back up 15-9. Wahama took Game 2 25-20.
The Red and White continued to pour on the offense in Game 3. Emmalee Broyles, Maddy VanMeter and Rebekah Roach’s efforts put Hannan in a 15-7 hole. Sophomore Kassidee Bush kickstarted the Hannan offense with five consecutive service points to cut the deficit to three points. Billups ended the rally with eight straight service points. Wahama won the third set 25-13.
Craig led the Lady Wildcats with 11 service points, followed by Hoffman with 10 points. Bush had eight service points, while Taylor and Staggs had eight and seven points respectively. Cassie Meadows contributed two points for Hannan.
“We played really well. I’m proud of them,” Hannan coach Lauren Hensley said. “We played hard. I feel bad because it’s the seniors’ last game. I’m really proud of how they did.”
This was the final game for seniors Craig, Taylor, Meadows, Shelbee Myers and Clarissa Crank.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106.