TENNERTON — Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School’s junior varsity volleyball team is on a roll this season as they remain undefeated after beating Philippi Middle School at home on Wednesday, September 29, bringing their record to 7 – 0.
B-UMS won two sets of the three with a total of 18 aces. Rebecca Pastorius led the team with eight aces, while Alivia Cogar, Jayla Westfall, Kristine Frye and Addison Leigh also contributed a combined total of 10 aces.
“The girls came out strong in the first set. In the second set, we made too many errors. We weren’t getting our serves over, and we found ourselves standing and watching instead of moving after every ball. In the third set, we were able to fight our way back and keep the lead on our side to take the win,” exclaimed coach Sheena Westfall.
The B-UMS varsity team also won with a 2 – 1 final score against Philippi. The combination of Mason, Radabaugh, Westfall, Egress, Pastorius, and Sophie Lantz served a total of 17 aces.
Coach Westfall stated “Our first set was probably one of the best sets of our season, even though we came up short. Both teams had to battle for the win, with Philippi edging us out. We had some issues with covering balls that hit right at the net and being ready for their middle to bring the ball right back at us. Sophie Lantz really stepped up at the net in the first game and Molly Radabaugh stepped up at the serving line.”
Coach Westfall said a pep talk and better communication among the team members resulted in the varsity team pulling off the win in the second set. “Between sets, I let the girls know that we would have to battle here on out. It was going to come down to which team was going to fight through being tired. We made some adjustments to move around their main middle hitter and adjusted to the fact they continuously set to their outside hitter. The girls started communicating with each other more and started to make more hustle plays. We also controlled the amount of errors we were making and took the second set.”
The team faced adversity in the third set after losing their starting setter, Egress, and starting back middle, Pastorius, due to set play. Each player is only allowed four sets total, so they could only play two for varsity after playing two sets in the JV match. “At this point, I had to depend on Westfall and Cogar to step up for us,” Coach Westfall explained. “I changed the lineup in hopes that would lift some pressure off Westfall and Cogar and threw Philippi off as well. Mason came up big for us in the third set with her serving. She was able to read the open spots and get the ball there.”
Molly Radabaugh and Westfall also came up big on serving, according to Coach Westfall. “Bailey Radabaugh was a defensive threat with her digs all night. Egress connected with good sets, as did Westfall. The girls fought through being tired and stepped up as a team,” Coach Westfall praised. “Proud of the girls and the effort they gave tonight!”
On Monday, October 4, B-UMS volleyball will host South Harrison and then travel to Taylor County on Wednesday, October 6.
(6 - 25, 25 -20, 20 - 25)
Aces – Rebecca Pastorius 8, Alivia Cogar 5, Jayla Westfall 2, Kristine Frye 2, Addison Leigh 1.
Kills – Cogar 3, Makenzie Egress 2, Pastorius 1.
Assists – Westfall 5, Egress 1.
Digs – Cogar 6, Pastorius 6, Tori Hagerich 4, Leigh 3, Frye 3, Westfall 1, Egress 1.
(28 – 26, 25 – 14, 25 – 19)
Aces – Mason 6, Molly Radabaugh 4, Westfall 3, Egress 2, Pastorius 1, Sophie Lantz 1.
Kills – Lantz 6, Bailey Radabaugh 3, Molly Radabaugh 2, Pastorius 2, Mason 1, Westfall 1, Egress 1.
Assists – Egress 10, Westfall 4, Bailey Radabaugh 1.
Digs – Bailey Radabaugh 20, Mason 18, Molly Radabaugh 12, Pastorius 10, Lantz 7, Egress 3, Cogar 3.