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Prep roundup: Trinity wins twice in volleyball

Created on:   Wed, Oct 18, 2017   11:02 PM

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MORGANTOWN — The Trinity Christian School volleyball team delivered a clean sweep in its tri-match with visiting Valley (Wetzel) and Hundred on Oct. 18.

In best-of-three play, the Warriors won, 25-11 and 25-7, over Valley, followed by set wins of 25-14 and 25-7, over Hundred.

Consistencies between both matches included the Warriors playing to their level and not letting emotions control their efforts.

“We actually were able to run some specialty plays, which involves a lot of communication between the hitter and the setter so they know where they are going to go,” Trinity head coach Sarah Lasher said. “We pulled those off well because the communication was so good. It is very easy to fluctuate throughout the game. Our girls were very emotional last year, but this year, we are staying at our level.”

In both sets against Valley, the Lumberjills started out fast, but the Warriors were always able to overcome it.

After Valley won the first point in set one, Trinity pulled to a 9-6 advantage with a series of solidly placed hits by Morgan Mullens and five unanswered points with Emma Chase serving.

Miscommunication and balls hit out of bounds by Valley handed Trinity three of its five straight points to end the first set.

When Valley opened the second set 3-0, it appeared it had the Warriors on their heels.

But Rachel Rosen said enough was enough. Her clutch spike put Trinity on the board. Moving into the serving position, she helped the team to 15 unanswered points as the lead grew to 16-4.

Rosen tallied seven aces while Chase dished 10 assists and Mullens added eight.

“I think our team, we were expecting to start out stronger than we did,” Rosen said. “We just needed something to get us going. I usually don’t do that well when I serve. Once it got going, I just did my best to keep it going and help us come back.”

Leading Valley in spikes was Christine Williams, with six. Jenna Dallison added two blocks.

Next, Trinity took on Hundred. The solid communication continued and serving was a key strength.

Mullens, serving for the Warriors, opened with two aces as Trinity jumped to an 11-0 lead.

Alexis Bragg helped serve Hundred to four straight points and Katherine Henderson proved to be a threat at the net, but the Hornets were never able to come closer than seven points of the Warriors.

An aggressive spike by Rosen on the match point ended the set.

Set two proved to be much of the same. Mullens again served to open the set and Trinity scored six straight points.

Mullens finished the match with 12 total aces, four assists and five kills.

“I’ve been really impressed with our serving game this year,” Lasher said. “One of my pet peeves as a coach is missing a serve in a game. Our serve errors are very minimal this year.

“Morgan has a killer serve. Sometimes when you get a server that hard, they aren’t consistent. But she is, which helps us go on those runs, and we are always confident when she goes to serve.”

Kate Dlugos also slammed one service ace to spark an eight-point run near the middle of the set. Regan Baker scored three of the eight points, finding open holes on the court and softly skimming the ball right over the net.

To end the set, Rosen again got air with a devastating spike into the back court for the winning point.

“Rachel is so amazing, she is a natural athlete,” Lasher said. “You would never know it is only her second year playing. Sometimes really tall girls are just tall. But she is very athletic, too, and smart. She has picked up on the game very well, and she is aggressive at the net. She isn’t afraid to swing at that ball.”

Today, Trinity travels to Notre Dame for a tri-match with Grafton, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Morgantown 3, Wheeling Park 0: The Mohigans won on Senior Night by set scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20 late Tuesday.

Five seniors were honored: Hailee Hammerquist, Rozlind Russell, Anecia Miller, Kylie Bennett and Paige Casteel.

Against the Patriots, Hammerquist had 20 assists; Russell, five kills, three digs and two aces; and junior Madison McDonald, nine kills, five digs and two ace.

MHS will travel to Weir for a tournament Saturday.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY

Monongalia County: St. Francis Central won the girls’ varsity meet and Mountaineer the boys’ varsity meet at county championships, held Tuesday.

St. Francis’ Lea Hatcher (12:27.4) won the girls’ individual race, and Mountaineer’s Josh Edwards (10:48.9) was the boys’ champion.

Sofia Pancoast, of Suncrest, was the JV girls’ winner, in 14:02.2, while Nathan Vest, of Mountaineer, took the JV boys’ crown (12:36.5).

Preston County: Central Preston’s Allie Martin ran 11:31.81 to win the girls’ championship, as Bruceton took the team title.

Bruceton also won the boys’ team crown, but Colin Reeves, of Terra Alta/East Preston, was the individual champ, running11:00.50.