JV Volleyball Ends Season with Dramatic Win
On Friday evening, the Golden Eagles of the University of Charleston @ Beckley came to Grayson for the final match of the inaugural KCU JV Volleyball season. The Golden Eagles are a first year program, with only 8 players, but what they lacked in numbers they made up for in size and athleticism.
The Lady Knights got out to a good start, and won the first set by 4 points, after being up by 9. But UC-Beckley found their rhythm in the last minutes of the first, and took the KCU to task, winning the second by 12 and the third by 8. But late in the third set, KCU came alive after a Bethany Martin-Tommi Butler quick-set connection, and the game was back on. KCU came out in #4 and took a lead, but UC-Beckley fought back to bring the score within 1, but KCU didn't falter. KCU went on the win set #4 25-22. The Lady Knights went down 2-0 in deciding set, before pulling back even and taking a small lead. The switch-over had KCU up 8-6, and the Lady Knights ended the match at 15-13, when UC-Beckley mishandled a strong ball sent down the line.
The Lady Knights were led on offense by setter Mariah Compton with 6 service aces, 15 assists, 5 kills, 21 digs and 1 reception. Paige Elliott had 8 kills and 3 digs, while Tommi Butler put up 7 kills and 3 blocks. Bethany Martin had 3 aces, 11 assists, 3 kills, and 10 digs, while libero Shelby Adams led the defense with 24 digs and 21 receptions. Sarah Linn, Ashley McQueary and Leann King each had 5 kills, while Kenzie Rigney had 2 aces, 15 digs, and 13 receptions.
The Lady Knights ended the first year of Junior Varsity volleyball with a record of 10-5.