Oak Glen, Weir Fall In Class AA State Volleyball Tourney
CHARLESTON — Philip Barbour was a thorn in Weir’s and Oak Glen’s sides during the Class AA state volleyball tournament on Friday.
First, the No. 2 seed Colt swept the seventh-seeded Red Riders, 25-8, 25-14, 25-10, in the opening round.
“They were nervous, and we didn’t get to practice for two days, so that hurt us,” Weir head coach Fran Capaldi said. “Philip Barbour was just the better team (Saturday), and the mental toughness we have seen throughout tournament play wasn’t there (Friday).”
The Red Riders were unable to practice because their school was shut down Tuesday evening.
Blaire McUmar and Leah Maley finished Friday with two kills, one block and one dig each. Chesney Tice had five assists. Ziona Barnes produced four kills and an assist, while Mallory Rosnick added three aces.
For the Golden Bears, who were the third seed, they began their run at a second straight title by defeating sixth-seeded Point Pleasant, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21.
In the semifinals, Oak Glen had no answer for the Colts after an early advantage in the first set and was swept, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18.
“It’s a great experience to be in the state tournament, and it’s a lot of fun,” Oak Glen coach Morgan Poling said. “It is a little disappointing to come up short of your goal. We started off (against Philip Barbour) really strong with a lot of momentum. We just made unforced errors in the moments that counted.
“I’m really thankful for the opportunity. Not everyone got an opportunity to play their full season. Our team culture is just outstanding. They make it fun, showed up every day to work hard and I’m really proud to be their head coach.”
Overall, Alayna Kranis produced 30 kills, eight digs and two aces. The senior earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Ashlyn Six had 17 kills. Gracie Wright contributed 34 assists, five digs and two kills, while Jadyn Smith added 22 assists and four kills.
The Golden Bears also received the sportsmanship award.
In the other matches on Friday, Robert C. Byrd swept Herbert Hoover before falling to top-seeded Shady Spring, the team that fell to Oak Glen in the championship a season ago after leading, 2-0. Shady Spring then defeated Philip Barbour, 25-20, 26-24, 25-22, to win the title.