Lady Colts win on the road

PHILIPPI — The Class AA defending state champion Philip Barbour High School volleyball squad drove down to the Charleston Civic Center last week, and once again left the building with a decisive decision by dropping Class AAAs St. Albans and Ripley in straight set victories to go undefeated in the Varsity Classic tournament.

The road wins for the Lady Colts improved their record to 7 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie. Graduation hurt PB heading into this fall’s seasonal slate. The first program to ever deliver a state championship to the Colts’ Corral is under the direction of veteran head coach Heather Halfin, a Hampshire County native who earned a degree from Alderson Broaddus University as a student-athlete.

One part of the team’s success is that they go beyond the Big 10 Conference in scheduled matches. The Lady Colts play on Saturdays and have gone out of state to face tougher competition, and their pre-match warm-up exercise drills show how hard they work to improve their game.

“I loved being in Charleston again to play ball,” Halfin said. “I think it is important the girls get in that building as much as possible. We are at a standstill right now and need to start playing. Our girls have a lot of potential, but they’re not playing very smart volleyball right now.

“If we are going to beat Bridgeport, or any other team like them, we are going to have to play smart and step up to play the way I know we can,” Halfin added.

During the sweep in the capitol city, the Colts picked up 25-17 and 25-23 set-match victory wins over St. Albans. Philip Barbour also dispatched Ripley by handing the Lady Vikings 25-18 and 25-14 losses.

During the team effort, Kilea Payne, Colby Nestor, Maddi Carpenter, Emma Kennedy, Maddy Jones and McKenzie Carpenter all contributed with points dialed up to the PB side of the scoreboard.

The Lady Colts will be on the road Wednesday at Bridgeport High School to face the Lady Indians and Elkins in a Big 10 Conference tri-meet starting at approximately 6 p.m.