PB spikers get back on track, advance to states

CLARKSBURG – Philip Barbour’s loss to Robert C. Byrd in Thursday’s Class AA, Region II, Section 2 title game might have served as a wakeup call for the Colts.

Philip Barbour disposed of Frankfort in three straight sets in Saturday’s regional semifinal before cruising past Robert C. Byrd in the championship game en route to another state tournament berth.

The Colts and Eagles, who defeated Petersburg in Saturday’s other semifinal, will both play at the Charleston Civic Center, starting on Friday.

Philip Barbour will face Independence at 8:30 a.m. on Friday in quarterfinal action. The winner will meet either Oak Glen or Clay County in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m.

The title game is set for Saturday.

The remainder of the Class AA quarterfinal games include Westside vs. Robert C. Byrd and Herbert Hoover vs. Ritchie County.

East Hardy and Pendleton County also advanced in Class A play.

The Cougars will meet Man at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, while Pendleton County will battle Greater Beckley Christian at 1:30 p.m.

Other Class A quarterfinal matchups include Tyler Consolidated vs. Charleston Catholic and Wirt County vs. Magnolia.

Class AAA games on tap for Friday are Parkersburg vs. Cabell Midland, Musselman vs, Capital, Spring Valley vs. Parkersburg South and Greenbrier East vs. Martinsburg.