Lady Tigers hope to turn corner after spiking Tug Valley
by Paul Adkins
NAUGATUCK — It’s been a rough ride for the Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ volleyball team.
However, there were signs of encouragement on Thursday night at Tug Valley as the Lady Tigers easily defeated the host Lady Panthers 3-0 at the Tug Valley High School gym in Naugatuck.
Chapmanville downed Tug Valley 25-20, 25-19, 25-17.
The victory improved the Lady Tigers to 4-7 on the season and snapped Chapmanville’s six-match losing skid. Chapmanville started off the season 3-1 but then dropped six in a row before Thursday night’s victory.
“It was good to get a win tonight,” Lady Tigers’ coach Angie Willis said. “We still didn’t play up to our potential but it was good to get a win.”
Chapmanville began the season in late August with an 18-player roster, but eight netters have recently peeled off and have quit the team leaving CRHS with just 10 players.
“We’re getting our lineup where it needs to be,” Willis said. “We’re working hard. Two weeks ago, we couldn’t get our tips. But we played Hoover two nights ago and we got all of our tips. We’re working hard at practice and we’re picking up on our serves. We’ve got to get Katelynn Hall hitting the ball harder. I think Hilary Hainer is doing a good job at the net. Autumn Blankenship is also getting better each game.”
Chapmanville started seniors Katelynn Hall and Dara Berry, sophomores Hilary Hainer and Hope Kirk, freshman Autumn Blankenship and also Alex Baisden in Thursday night’s match.
Rounding out the roster are: junior Haley Rakes; and sophomores Martha Ellis, Katie Lemon and Haley Justice.
In the second set against Tug Valley, Chapmanville led 24-10 before the Lady Panthers went on a nine-point run to close the gap to 24-19. CRHS then scored a point to win the set.
In the third set, Chapmanville led 21-16 with Hall’s dink over the net. Three straight Baisden service aces then gave the Lady Tigers a 24-16 lead. After a TVHS point, the Lady Panthers then hit the ball into the net as Chapmanville wrapped up the match.
The Lady Tigers began the season on Aug. 30 with the Logan County Tri-match at Logan as the Lady Tigers won 25-18, 21-25, 25-16 over the host Lady Cats, then lost 25-19, 25-18 to Man, which also bested Logan to win the county championship.
Chapmanville then won 25-14, 25-12, 25-3 at Scott on Sept. 4. The Lady Tigers then improved to 3-1 on the season with a 25-10, 25-7, 25-14 win on Sept. 9 at Poca.
Then came the Lady Tigers’ slide as Chapmanville lost six straight matches beginning with a 25-21, 25-21, 15-13 loss at Wayne on Sept. 11.
Two days later, Chapmanville dropped a pair at the Man tri-match, losing 25-23, 25-20 to the host Lady Billies and then falling 25-14, 25-10 to Westside.
On Sept. 18, Chapmanville lost two matches at the Sherman tri-match as the Lady Tigers lost 25-18, 25-22 to the host Tide and then fell 25-18, 25-14 to Sherman.
The Sept. 20 match at Tolsia was postponed. Then on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in Chapmanville’s home opener, the Lady Tigers lost 25-19, 25-23, 25-13 to Herbert Hoover.
Chapmanville is scheduled to return to the court on Oct. 2 at home against Poca. The Lady Tigers then go to Sissonville on Oct. 4.
Chapmanville is scheduled to host its annual home tournament on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the CRHS gym. The tourney benefits Breast Cancer Awareness.
“We’re going to sell T-shirts and we’re going to raise money for a local cancer victim, who is getting treatment,” Coach Willis said.
Chapmanville will join Tug Valley, Sissonville, Tolsia, Scott and Poca in the tourney, which will have two pools.
Beth Haven wins
The Beth Haven Christian School girls’ volleyball team improved to 4-5 on the season with wins over Parkersburg Christian and South Charleston Christian on Thursday night.
Beth Haven beat Parkersburg Christian 15-25, 25-18, 25-22 and then toppled the Soldiers of South Charleston Christian 25-7, 25-8.
The Hornets were scheduled to play again on Saturday.
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