CHAPMANVILLE — You might have heard of wave elections.
Last year, the Chapmanville Regional High School volleyball team had a wave season.
The Lady Tigers won a sectional championship last season and made its first ever trip to the Class AA state volleyball tournament in school history as CRHS lost 3-0 to Philip Barbour at the Charleston Civic Center.
The Lady Tigers fell in three straight sets, 25-13, 26-24, 25-12 to get ousted from state play.
CRHS was leading 24-23 and had game point in the second set. 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 three games to none.
Chapmanville hopes to make it back to state this season but will have to do so without three graduated seniors — Savannah Wiley, Addy Lucas and Shian Meeks. Wiley and Meeks were all-state performers last year for the Lady Tigers.
CRHS is scheduled to open the season Thursday night at 6 p.m. at home as the Lady Tigers host county rivals Logan and Man in the Logan County Tri-match.
“I am looking forward to start the season on Thursday at home in our county tournament against Man and Logan,” said Chapmanville volleyball coach Johnny Williamson, who was named also during the off-season as the new CRHS girls’ basketball coach.
The Lady Tigers will have some work to do.
Only three starters are back, including Carley Cook, Katherine Muncey and Abby Marcum.
“We had Kaylee Blair come out this year but she has already gotten hurt and had surgery on her ankle,” Coach Williamson said.
Others are also looking to contribute to the team this fall.
“Grace Belcher, a softball player, came out this year and will help our team,” Williamson said. “Emily Triplett has played a lot the past two years and will play a big role this year. We have several younger players that will have to help out. I really like our team and believe we can make a run towards a return trip to Charleston. The loss of Blair will definitely hurt but that’s part of sports, someone else will have to step up.”
2016 Chapmanville Regional
High School Volleyball Schedule:
Sept. 1: Logan, Man, 6 p.m.
Sept. 6: Nitro, 5 p.m.
Sept. 8: at Clay County, 6 p.m.
Sept. 17: at Herbert Hoover, 10 a.m.
Sept. 20: at Tolsia, 6 p.m.
Sept. 22: Wayne, 6 p.m.
Sept. 24: at Mingo Central, 10 a.m.
Oct. 4: Mingo Central, 6 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Sissonville, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13: Clay County, 6 p.m.
Oct. 15: Chapmanville Invitational, 10 a.m.
Oct. 18: at Scott, 6 p.m.
Oct. 20: at Wayne, 7 p.m.
Oct. 27: at Man, 6 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).