Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP VOLLEYBALL - STATE TOURNAMENT ; Winfield, Herbert Hoover, Charleston Catholic Eliminated in Quarterfinals

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP VOLLEYBALL - STATE TOURNAMENT ; Winfield, Herbert Hoover, Charleston Catholic Eliminated in Quarterfinals

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Prior to Friday's quarterfinal match with PikeView, Winfield volleyball coach Rebecca Lovejoy said the Generals move from Class AAA to Class AA would not make the state tournament bracket any easier. School size and talent level weren't completely connected. That became a prophecy. Winfield's tournament experience ended Friday afternoon with a five-set quarterfinal loss to PikeView 26- 24, 16-25, 10-25, 25-20, 15-12.

Of the four Kanawha Valley teams that qualified for this weekend's state tournament, only one - George Washington - survived the quarterfinals. Also in Class AA, Herbert Hoover fell to Philip Barbour, 25-20, 25-18, 25-22. In Class A, Charleston Catholic lost to Wirt County, 25-14, 25-19, 23-25, 25-15.

After rallying from a set down to take a 2-1 lead, PikeView tied the match in the fourth. In the final set, Winfield fell behind 8-5 but battled back to an 8-8 tie. The Generals looked like they'd go on another run at match point, down 14-10. Yet PikeView only let Winfield get two points back before ending the match.

"I think a lot of what we do is we play really, really hard, and then we get relaxed, Lovejoy said. "We played really hard and relaxed. You can't do that here. Every team here wants to win. If you give them points, you won't win. It was a good game. PikeView played hard.

Carly Hinkle led Winfield (37-11-2) with 18 kills, while Autumn Elswick recorded 50 assists. Esten Clay had eight aces and Kylie Williams had 53 digs.

No favors were done for Hoover in its tournament draw, facing the defending Class AA state champs in its first match.

Despite the loss, Hoover coach Makia Mogielski said her team represented themselves well on the court against a tough opponent.

"Even though we lost, we gave them a run for their money, she said. "We worked well, as a well-oiled machine out there. We played hard.

Kelsey Naylor led Hoover (28-18-4) with 13 kills, while Debbie Sigman recorded 25 assists, Mallory Chapman had 18 digs and Jordan Tawney had two blocks. …

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