CHARLESTON — Friday the 13th was unlucky for the Chapmanville and Man high school volleyball teams.
Both Logan County representatives lost on Friday during the first day of the state volleyball tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.
Man, making its third straight trip to the Class A state tourney, lost its opening round match to Tyler Consolidated 3-0.
The Lady Billies fell 25-14, 25-10, 25-15 to Tyler.
Chapmanville Regional High School, making its first ever trip to the Class AA state volleyball tournament in school history, lost 3-0 to Philip Barbour.
The Lady Tigers fell in three straight sets, 25-13, 26-24, 25-12 to get ousted from state play.
Friday marked the final match for Chapmanville’s senior class, including Savannah Wiley, Addy Lucas and Shian Meeks. The Lady Tigers are coached by Johnny Williamson.
Man has two seniors — Hannah Harvey and Tiffany Belcher — and they saw their final prep action on Friday in Charleston.
Both Chapmanville and Man had won sectional championships and then qualified last week during the regionals to advance to state. It was the first ever sectional title for CRHS.
Man coach Orlando Washington said his team just did not play that well on Friday.
“We’re at the point in our program that it’s just not about making it to the state tournament,” Washington said. “It’s about doing something when you make it. We’ve been here three years in a row and game-wise we are 0-9. We’ve never won a game. We have to get our kids to understand what this moment is like. One of the biggest faults that I have with my team every year is that we don’t stay together when we are out there. We fall apart. In the sport of volleyball we’re never out of it. I talked to a coach this morning and he said they were winning 20-9 in another region and they ended up losing their game and then losing their match.”
Washington said Harvey and Belcher will be tough to replace. They are Man’s two tall spikers on the front line.
“They should be proud because both of them have had great careers. I wish that we could have done a little more for them,” Washington said.
In the Chapmanville match after the Lady Tigers lost in the first game to Philip Barbour, CRHS was leading 24-23 in the second set and had game point, looking to tie things up 1-1. The Colts, however, scored three straight points to take the set 26-24 and go up 2-0 in the match.
Philip Barbour then dominated play in the third set to take the match 3-0.
“My girls had a great season. I am proud of what we accomplished. I knew this being our first trip here would be tough,” CRHS Coach Williamson said.