By Carl Holcomb
The Lady Cougars pounced ferociously with a straight set match win over Pendleton County behind precision serving by Kenna Wicks and a plethora of attacks from Abigail Wilson in Franklin last Thursday: 25-6, 25-6, 25-4.
“That is the kind of stuff we see out of Kenna in practice which is why she has that server spot. We know she can do it and I am glad she was able to do it today,” East Hardy Volleyball Coach Marsha Hahn commented.
“We had pretty decent passes today, but got sloppy on a couple of points. They focused today more than they normally do. I was pleased with what they did today.”
East Hardy started the first set with a spike by Abigail Wilson off a set from Lexi Strawderman.
After a service error, the Lady Cougars volleyed seven consecutive points.
[private] An attack by Wilson was deflected out on a dig by Pendleton County’s Tiffany Perry.
Kenna Wicks delivered an ace, then Wilson made two kills.
Wicks served up three aces before landing the ball in the net.
The Lady Wildcats sent the ball flying out, then Wilson launched a spike.
East Hardy’s Julia Hahn spun three aces before a kill by Wilson and a timeout was called with a 14-2 advantage.
After the break, Hahn sandwiched two aces around a dig into the net by the Lady Wildcats, 17-2.
Hahn’s next serve found the net, then an attack by Strawderman was returned out of bounds.
East Hardy’s Brooke Miller and Emma Baker made some attacks, then Miller blocked a volley and Pendleton County’s Kaley Sponaugle made a saving dig over the net and it was put back in the net by the Lady Cougars.
The Lady Wildcats had a serve into the net, then Baker served an ace.
Miller made a block and the ensuing serve hit the net, 21-5.
After an attack from Braelyn Tharp found the floor, Miller made two kills.
Strawderman served an ace and assisted Miller on the final spike to win the first set, 25-6.
The second set’s initial point was awarded to Pendleton County as East Hardy’s Jessica Smith’s foot went under the net on an attack.
An attack by Miller was defended on a dig by Sponaugle and sailed out.
The Lady Wildcats touched the net on an attack by Hahn, then Miller served an ace.
Wilson created a kill, then a bump by Sponaugle was returned out.
The Lady Wildcats volleyed into the net, then Wicks made an ace.
A dig by Wilson went out off an attack by Sponaugle.
Wilson made three kills, then serves by Hahn developed into net errors, 12-3.
Three aces by Wilson gave the Lady Cougars a 16-4 lead.
Baker delivered two aces and Miller made a kill for a 22-5 score.
A serve by Strawderman was returned out for the final point, 25-6.
In the third set, aces and kills along with errors kept the momentum going.
Strawderman setup Wilson for the first two attack points, then a serve by Miller went out.
Wilson jumped up and smashed two more volleys for a 6-1 edge.
Wicks served two aces, then the next five service points came from returns out or into the net.
Another ace from Wicks was followed by a kill from Wilson off Strawderman for a 13-1 lead.
After a service error, the Lady Wildcats hit the ball out twice and East Hardy responded with three spikes by Wilson and two attacks ricocheting out, 21-2.
After a kill by Pendleton County’s Corinne Hedrick and an ace from Chloe Miller, East Hardy scored the next four points for the win.
An attack by Baker was met with a carry by the Lady Wildcats, then Baker made another attack and it was deflected out, 23-4.
The match ended on back-to-back aces by Wilson for the Lady Cougars winning 25-4.
East Hardy visits Keyser for a tri-match with Petersburg tomorrow and returns home against Pendleton County on October 5.