WHEELING - The John Marshall High School volleyball team clinched its first state tournament berth Saturday by finishing second at the West Virginia Class AAA Region One Tournament at Wheeling Park High School.
The Monarchs fell to Robert C. Byrd in the final, 3-1, but advanced, along with the Eagles, to the state tournament in Charleston.
The top two teams in each regional earn state berths.
John Marshall punched its state ticket by defeating East Fairmont, 3-2, in the semifinals.
Alexis Montes had 37 kills on the day for John Marshall, while Jenna Stephens recorded 27 kills.
State tournament play begins Friday morning at the Charleston Civic Center at 8:30 a.m. Matchups and times will be determined via a blind draw Monday.