By: Paul AdkinsSports Editor
October 30, 2012
The Logan High School girls’ volleyball team lost its final two matches of the regular season last week to Sissonville and Sherman at home.
Logan fell 25-18, 25-6, 25-14 to Sissonville last Tuesday, then lost 25-12, 25-18, 25-17 to Sherman last Thursday night.
The Lady Cats bid farewell to their two senior players last week in the Sherman match as Logan held its annual Senior Night. Playing for the last time at home were Logan’s two senior players Ronnie Vance and Rachelle Toppings.
“Tonight was an emotional night for our team,” Lady Cats’ first-year coach Chelsey Stockdale said after the defeat to Sherman. “It was our last home game and our last regular season game. You could feel the emotion in the air for sure. We had a nice talk before the game about leaving everything we had on the floor and giving it our all — epecially for the seniors since it was our Senior Night.”
Stockdale praised her two seniors.
“We came out and played as a team and hustled for everything,” she said. “Our seniors really stepped up and showed the others on the team how a senior should act and lead. Rachelle Toppings had a great game at the net. She was on and her spikes were going down and into the open spots. She did really well serving too. She has struggled all season with her serve and has worked so hard at each practice on making it better and tonight it showed. Ronni Vance had a really good game. She was spiking like crazy and tipping the ball in the spots we needed them to go in. She had some really nice saves and some nice passes too. You can always count on Ronni to be a leader on the floor and to help pick the team up.”
Stockdale said some of her other players also played well.
“Some other bright spots for us were in the back row with Lauren Ellis,” she said. “She is just a very good back row player and always has good passes to our setters. She picked up some really good spikes and passed up some hard serves. I expect great things from her next season too. Our setters did a great job tonight too. Summer (Napier) and Aarron (Ward) were all over the floor. Both had some really amazing saves and both did what they needed to do when the ball came to them. They played smart. Kealeigh Morgan and Haley Meade saw playing time and both did good at the net. Kealeigh has a nice spike and she knows where to place the ball. She is consistent ad that’s what a good hitter needs to be. Haley had some nice pick ups and some nice spikes as well.”
Stockdale said the first season at the helm went well for the most part.
“I was pleased with tonight and how they played,” she said. “I talked with the girls afterwards and told them thanks for a good first season and that I couldn’t wait until next season. I know we are excited for tournaments which start Monday and I am hoping to see nothing but good things from them. I know if we play like the team we can be then we will do well.”
Stockdale said her team lost to a very good Sissonville team last week.
“We played well, but Sissonville is a tough team,” she said. “They have some really outstanding hitters and they cover the floor well. Our girls came out the first game with intensity and were making some huge plays and blocking, but after the first game we couldn’t get back into it. Summer Napier had a good game, but ended up hurting her hip and you could tell she was in pain and it was affecting her. She fought through it though and did not want to come out and finished the match. Tiffany Jude played a really good game at the net for us. She was spiking the ball to the open spots and did everything we needed her to do. I am pleased with how they played against Sissonville. They knew they were going to be a tough team to play against so that is all you can ask for.”
Logan’s JV team also lost a pair of matches last week to Sissonville and Sherman.
The Lady Cats’ lost 25-16, 25-20 to the Lady Indians.
“Our JV team played really well,” Stockdale said. “Hannah Workman really came out of her shell and was hitting extremely well against sissonville. She has continue to improve throughout the entire season. Abby Kirk really did a good job all around for the team too. She had some nice passes and hits and she did good serving. Shelby hall did outstanding for us in the back row. She had really nice passes all night and some good digs. Haylie Bryant’s serves were on tonight for sure. She really helped us rack up some points tonight.”
Logan’s JV team then lost 23-25, 25-19, 23-25 to the Tide.
“The JV girls played extremely well tonight,” Stockdale said. “They had fun and played as a team. Even though they lost it was still a good game to watch. Every person on JV got some playing time tonight, too, and I was happy about that. Katelyn Jones did good tonight and played well. She always gets nervous on the floor, but tonight she was a little more relaxed. Sam Collins did well for us too. She had some nice pick ups and did a good job. Katelyn Williamson had a really good game for us to. She had some nice saves. She did really well at the net too. She put the ball where it needed to go and got the job done for us.”
Logan was slated to play Lincoln County in the Class AAA sectionals on Monday night at Cabell Midland.
The Lady Cats had previously lost 25-8, 25-4 on Oct. 22 at Man and won 25-17, 28-26, 25-18 on Oct. 18 at home over Tug Valley. Logan fell 31-29, 25-17 on Oct. 15 at home to Lincoln County.