Volleyball team splits four contests
Berkeley Springs High School Volleyball Team completed a busy week with a 3-0 road win over Paw Paw on Friday, October 21.
The Indians breezed by the Pirates in game one, 25-14, but Paw Paw gave the Indians all they could handle in games two and three, with Berkeley prevailing by respective scores of 25-21 and 25-20.
"This was a tough week, playing four matches,” said Berkeley Springs coach Heather Lorigan. “However, the girls fought through and we ended the week with a win. We played better at the net tonight than we have the past couple of games, which was great. The "Pink" game is always fun to participate in. We are having our own "Pink" game on Tuesday (Oct. 25).
Hopefully we will be able to raise a good amount of money to donate to breast cancer research and support."
Toni Davison had 16 points, seven aces and five kills, Brooklyn McCusker had 19 assists and eight points, Allexa Branham seven points and four kills and Erin Close seven points and four kills, to lead the Indians past Paw Paw.
The Indians began the busy week with a 3-0 win over visiting Petersburg on October 17.
Berkeley Springs dominated play, winning the opening game 25-15, the second game 25-19 and the third game 25-18.
"We played the net well and our serving was on," Lorigan said. “We had some communication breakdowns, which we're continuing to work on. Monday games are tough, but we came out with a win."
Sandwiched between those two wins were losses to Hedgesville and East Hardy.
The Lady Indians were swept by both opponents 3-0.
Hedgesville beat the Lady Indians 25-10, 25-15 and 25-13, while East Hardy scored 25-19, 25-23 and 25-17 wins over the Tribe.
In both contests Berkeley Springs was playing shorthanded and could not take down their Berkeley or Hardy County opponent.
"Tonight was a tough loss," Lorigan said of the Hedgesville match. “We were down a starter due to an injury and we just couldn't seem to adjust. Our serving wasn't as strong as usual, and we weren't communicating as well. Once we started moving we got some excellent digs (especially Toni and Erin), but it wasn't enough."
Davison had eight digs and five kills for Berkeley Springs. Close posted three points, four kills and five digs, McCusker had seven assists and four points, while Courtney Miller added four points in the losing cause.
Berkeley Springs was still shorthanded when they faced East Hardy on October 20, but they got solid play from their bench despite losing 3-0 to their strong Class A opponent.
"Tonight was another night without all of our starters completely healthy and playing," Lorigan said. "I'm proud of how well some of the girls played off the bench, especially Rebekah Henry and Natalie Redick. Our passing was more on target, but we're still working on communication and movement. We have three matches left in the regular season, and we're ready to end strong and continue on to sectionals."
Miller had six points and four digs, Davison had six points and seven kills, Close scored four points and had seven digs, while McCusker added 14 assists, five blocks and four points for the Lady Indians.
Berkeley Springs, now 9-6 on the year, will end the regular season on October 27 at Jefferson, before heading to the sectional tournament on October 31. The sectional will be held at Frankfort High School. The Indians will face Petersburg in the opening round at 6 p.m., and, should they win, according to Lorigan, will play Frankfort in the sectional championship game at 7 p.m.
The junior varsity also played four matches last week.
The JV defeated Paw Paw 2-0 in a pair of hard-fought games, 27-25 and 25-23.
Courtney Smith had eight points, Lauren Schetrompf seven points and four kills and Sarah Keefer four points against the Pirates.
Petersburg's JV slipped by Berkeley Springs 2-1.
The Vikings won the opener 25-15, before the Lady Indians responded with a 25-15 victory in game two. However, Petersburg took control of the third game and won 25-11 in the third and deciding game.
Idalis Hovermale had eight points, Courtney Smith had seven and Schetrompf added five kills.
Hovermale and Schetrompf scored four and three points, respectively, in the JV loss to Hedgesville, while Smith had seven points, Keefer six points and three aces and Hovermale four points against East Hardy.