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Mohigans host volleyball quad in playoff tuneup

Created on:   Thu, Oct 26, 2017   11:51 PM

Last modified:   Thu, Oct 26, 2017   11:51 PM

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MORGANTOWN — The Morgantown High volleyball team will have one thing on its mind before the start of the WVSSAC playoffs Oct. 31.

“We need a lot of rest before sectionals,” MHS head coach Art Manantan said. “We’re hurting. We have several players who are hurt. We have to recover.”

Fighting through numerous injuries, Morgantown concluded the regular season Thursday, at home, hosting Hedgesville, Martinsburg and Bridgeport, in a best-of-three-sets quad meet.

MHS posted a 1-2 record on the evening, falling out of the gate to the Eagles, 25-11, 25-15.

In the second match, against the Bulldogs, things went considerably better for the Mohigans. Following a 25-15 setback in the opening set, MHS responded in a big way, putting together a 14-2 run early to claim a near-insurmountable lead.

Senior Rozlind Russell provided some big moments during the run, propelling Morgantown to a 25-19 set win.

The Mohigans followed it up with a victory in a neck-and-neck third set, 25-21. A late 6-0 run out of a Morgantown timeout proved to be the difference, with junior Madison McDonald and freshman Emily Laskody collecting kills during that stretch.

“I brought up four or five players from the JV team, and they have to step it up,” Manantan said. “My girls can compete. We just have to show up and not get down on ourselves.”

The momentum from Morgantown’s second match of the night carried over into the third, this one against the Indians. MHS rolled off nine straight points to start the match and led by 11 early on.

Russell and McDonald again both came up big for the Mohigans to spark the run. Russell roped a kill cross-court a few points after McDonald pinballed a shot through the Bridgeport block. Morgantown claimed the set, 25-15.

But slow starts in second and third sets were too much to overcome for MHS, which fell 25-16, 25-9.

Now, it is on to the postseason for Morgantown, which will open sectionals Tuesday night, against Preston.

“We just have to come out strong for sectionals,” Manantan said. “It’s a new season and we have to be ready. Preston is going to bring all they’ve got and we’ve got to show up.”

Hedgesville posted a 2-0 mark, collecting a 25-18, 25-19 win over Bridgeport, as well as its victory over MHS.

Martinsburg held off Bridgeport in straight sets in the other match of the evening, 25-18, 25-21.