Brooke Outduels John Marshall

Bruins’ aggressiveness too much for Monarchs

Photo by Cody Tomer Brooke’s Rachel Kazmirski makes a play on the ball during Thursday’s home match against John Marshall.

WELLSBURG–Brooke volleyball coach Lori Lynn Jackson wanted to see her team be aggressive at the net on Thursday.

Despite dropping the third set, the Bruins did exactly what their coach expected as they upended visiting John Marshall in four sets by counts of 25-20, 25-18, 22-25 and 25-21.

Hope Bowman turned in 13 kills and six blocks, while Courtney Engle provided 11 blocks and nine kills at the net for Brooke. Senior Landyn Haynes also accumulated nine kills.

“I just kept telling my girls to keep attacking,” Jackson said. “They can’t just sit back and that’s what we did in that third set. We have to start and finish and we worked a lot on our blocking, too.

“John Marshall always has a talented team and they are always competitive. We didn’t perform against Wheeling Park on Tuesday, so I knew coming in that our girls would be a little extra motivated because we didn’t want to lose to both teams in our section. That’s rough.”

Although John Marshall only won the third set, it stayed with Brooke every step of the way.

“We have a lot of determination,” John Marshall coach Cathleen Harr said. “We have some girls on the team that have played varsity since their freshman year and they know what it takes to be intense and to pull through to win games.”

In the opening set, there were six ties and seven lead changes early on.

With an 11-11 reading showing on the scoreboard, the Brooke defense broke serve and Engle followed with a pair of points to capture a 14-11 edge. After a solid battle between the two squads, Engle eventually delivered the kill that put the Bruins up 1-0 in the match.

John Marshall’s Emily Harr delivered a pair of 4-point streaks during the next set, the second spurt cutting the deficit to 19-17 but Brooke reeled off a 6-1 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Monarchs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set behind four straight points from Taylor Gray, but Bowman answered with four consecutive points of her own for the Bruins to cut the score to 7-5.

The teams went back-and-forth and with a 22-22 deadlock, Coach Harr called timeout to speak to her team.

John Marshall responded to the message by reeling off the final three points to claim the set.

“I just told them to push hard, don’t give up and don’t let the ball drop,” Coach Harr said.

Haynes made sure the Bruins got the momentum back on their side early in the fourth as she strung together five straight points for a 6-1 advantage and Engle added to the lead with four consecutive points, extending the lead to 15-6.

Once again, the Monarchs didn’t go away quietly as libero Lydia Knutsen delivered four straight points to get within 18-14 but Jackson’s crew got back to its aggressive play.

In a tight 24-21 contest, Brooke’s Sarah Moore garnered an impressive dig, followed by a set by Chole Fox and a powerful game-winning kill by Haynes to secure the match victory.

“There were moments where everybody stood out to me,” Jackson said. “They all played very well (Thursday) and it was a very good team win.”

Fox dished out 31 assists in the win along with five kills. Rachel Kazmirski and Haynes each collected 22 digs, while Engle gathered 15 and Maria Kamarados added 12.

Bowman turned in 10 aces behind the service line and Haynes added eight.

“Our serving was on,” Jackson said. “They are a very good team but I think our girls earned this one.”

Emily Harr recorded 11 kills and Avery Knutsen handed out 14 assists for John Marshall.

University d. Wheeling Park

25-15, 25-20, 25-15

WHEELING — Mahayla McCroskey had 12 digs and three aces, Anya Ritz dished out 12 assists, while Rachel Simon added nine kills and Ally Franko seven, but Wheeling Park was defeated in three sets by University.

Magnolia d. River

25-15, 25-18, 26-24

HANNIBAL — Kyndra Pilant filled up the stat sheet with 8 points, 10 blocks, 21 kills and one ace as Magnolia downed rival River.

Mady Winters chipped in the six points, two aces, eight blocks and 13 kills, while Leneica Grimm scored 10 points with one ace and 36 assists.

Lauren Flannery paced the Pilots with six points, three aces, seven kills, seven digs and two assists. Macey Ladyga added seven points, four aces, three kills, three assists and six digs.

Paden City d. Clay-Battelle

25-22, 25-11, 25-11

PADEN CITY — Mallory Yeater led Paden City with 12 points, four aces, four kills, 25 assists and three digs in a victory against Clay-Battelle.

Hope Weber had 17 kills, nine digs and seven points, while Cora Anderson scored 10 points with four aces, five digs and a kill. Abbe Stackpole had 13 digs.

Trinity d. Cameron

25-12, 25-11, 25-13

MORGANTOWN — Jordyn Hughes had a solid night with 16 blocks, 10 digs and three kills, but Cameron lost to Trinity.

Callie O’Neil chipped in with 16 blocks, Raven Strope had seven and Dori Yoho had 10 digs for the Dragons.

St. Clairsville d. Harrison Central

24-26, 25-23, 25-14, 25-19

CADIZ — Keri Klinkoski and Paige Sefsick both collected nine kills for St. Clairsville, while Sydney Porter had eight as the Red Devils rallied to down Harrison Central.

Chloe Biancarelli had 15 assists and Kenzie Schoolcraft had five aces.

Kate Crothers paced Harrison Central with 10 points. Kobey Johnson and Danyel Beading (six digs) both finished with eight points, while Lexi Ferguson had six. Ferguson had four aces. Shae Saffell had six digs. Ferguson had 26 assists, while Audrey Corder and McKayla Dunkle each had 15.

Oak Glen d. Madonna

25-17, 25-13, 25-17

WEIRTON — Oak Glen fell behind early in each set, but rallied to down Madonna.

For Oak Glen, Hannah Rogers recorded one ace, 15 kills, one block and one dig, McKayla Goodlin collected one ace, six kills, one block and one dig and Jaedyn Hissam had 41 assists, three spikes and two kills.

Hannah Tice tallied 10 kills, three blocks and one dig and Alayna Kranis added eight kills.

The Blue Dons got 13 digs and one kill from Jaedyn Kush, 30 digs from Rachel Boniti, 17 digs from Maddie Daugherty and 12 digs from Anna Backel.

Andy Alimario contributed six blocks, two digs and three kills, Michaela Battista seven digs and an ace and Carly Dowial five blocks and three kills.

Barnesville d. Beallsville

25-14, 25-12, 25-12

BEALLSVILLE — Mya McEndree had 14 points and 10 assists to help Barnesville stay undefeated with a victory against Beallsville.

Lindsay Burkhart added 12 points for the Shamrocks (6-0), who also got six points and 14 digs from Erin Hannahs.

Savanna Finnical had 11 assists and eight points for Barnesville, while Mindi Wehr had nine kills and Madison Detling had five kills.

Bellaire d. Martins Ferry

25-9, 25-14, 21-25, 25-21

BELLAIRE — Haleigh LaMotte recorded 14 points, nine aces and five assists as Bellaire downed Martins Ferry.

Addie Conroy added 15 points and nine aces for the Big Reds, while Natalie Stonet scored 11 points and Michaela Flaherty had nine points.

Wheeling Central d. St. John

25-17, 25-27, 25-12

Linsly d. St. John

25-19, 25-18

BELLAIRE — St. John welcomed Linsly and Wheeling Central, but fell to the Cadets and Maroon Knights.

Kaitlyn Lendbitter had 14 points for the Maroon Knights.

Sophia Mastros scored seven for Linsly.

Julie Schlanz scored four points for St. John, while Elizabeth Schnegg had seven digs. Kasi Gillespie scored 11 points.



Parkersburg South 2, Weir 0

WEIRTON — Alexis Adams made 12 saves, but the Weir (3-4) offense couldn’t dent the scoreboard in a loss to Parkersburg South (7-0-1)

John Marshall 5, Edison 3

RICHMOND — Zara Zervos netted four goals and Tressa Begley added another as John Marshall downed Edison.

Isabella Anderson made four saves for the Monarchs.

Lauren Ferralli scored two goals for the Wildcats, while Somer Speedy netted the other.

Indian Creek 3, Brooke 1

WELLSBURG — Peyton Gaydosh, Abby Copeland and Sloane Lewis each scored goals for Indian Creek in a victory against Brooke.

Mackenzie Orban made six saves for the Redskins.

Lydia Buchmelter netted the lone goal for the Bruins. Natalie Sildka made 13 saves.


Late Wednesday

Wheeling Central 7, Trinity Christian 2

WHEELING — Jacob Estep exploded for five goals and Thomas Minor added two as Wheeling Central made easy work of Trinity.