Lady Colts go 4-2 in tourney

HEDGESVILLE — Philip Barbour’s volleyball squad had a busy weekend on the road by going 4-2 in match play during a tournament hosted at Hedgesville High School in the eastern panhandle.

The Colts made it to the semi-final round before finally falling to runner-up Woodrow Wilson. The hosting HHS Lady Eagles finished with the tourney’s championship crown in hand.

“We played very well in the tournament,” PBHS coach Heather Halfin said. “We made a lot of really good digs that in previous game we let drop. I feel like we played with a lot more momentum and intensity than we have yet this year.

“We are still making a lot of mental errors, and that has to get better,” she added. “But we played more like a team this weekend than I have seen so far, so I hope that continues to get better.”

In a battle of 2016 state champions, AA Philip Barbour defeated Class A East Hardy in straight sets, 25-12 and 25-23. Maddy Jones and McKenzie Carpenter combined for 20 digs with 10 each. Carpenter added 9 kills and 7 blocks. Jenna Brown served up 12 points, while Kilea Payne notched 7. Jyra Casto netted 6 kills and 6 blocks, and Maddi Carpenter put up 20 setter assists.

Against the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights, the Lady Colts picked up another straight sets victory, 25-17 and 25-18. Maddy Jones and Maddi Carpenter recorded 11 and 9 service points, respectively, both inking a trio of aces from behind the line. Brown and McKenzie Carpenter inked 9 and 10 digs, respectively, while Carpenter dialed up 11 in the kill zone and blocked 6 TCHS spike attempts. Casto collected 6 kills and 3 blocks, and Maddi Carpenter nabbed 3 stops at the net to go along with her 22 assists.

Philip Barbour suffered their first loss of the day when they were paired up against Hedgesville, who downed PBHS 25-16 and 25-13. Bailey Nestor, Payne and Jones each ran the floor for 6 digs a piece, and Payne served up 4 points. Casto and Emma Kennedy had 3 kills each, Mckenzie Carpenter had 4, and Maddi Carpenter connected on 11 assists.

The Colts rebounded well against Halfin’s alma mater by taking down Hampshire High School with straight set wins of 25-14 and 25-17. Maddi Carpenter inked 19 assists, and Jones was good for 10 service points including an ace. Nestor and McKenzie Carpenter (9 kills) rounded up 10 digs each, while Jones had 9 Casto put up 5 kills and 5 blocks, Brown aided in the score column by dialing up 6 kill shots.

In a quarter-final, PB grabbed 2 more victories, 25-13 and 25-22, over Jefferson. Jones and Payne garnered 6 service points each, Nestor nabbed 10 digs, and Casto went to the net for 5 blocks. McKenzie Carpenter went off with 19 kills and recorded 8 digs. Maddi Carpenter set the Colts up with 23 assists.

In a semi-round versus Woodrow Wilson, PBHS was defeated 25-21 and 25-18. Nestor stayed busy with 16 digs, Payne inked 10 and Jones gathered in 9 digs. Payne put 7 service points on the board with an ace to boot, Jones and Nestor had 4 each from the service line. McKenzie Carpenter nailed 15 kills and grabbed 3 blocks, while Maddi Carpenter notched 18 set assists.

Philip Barbour will remain on the road this week, finishing up on Saturday at a varsity quad meet hosted at Frankfort High School in Mineral County.