Lady Colts begin home slate

The Inter-Mountain photos by Tony Baisi A host of Philip Barbour players converge on a plan of attack near the net against Shady Spring over the weekend.

PHILIPPI — Philip Barbour went 2-1-1 in the PB September Showdown event over the weekend to improve to 5-1-1 on the season.

With the Colts’ Corral auxiliary gymnasium also in use, a total of 12 different schools competing kept three different matches going at the same time after the 9 a.m. first serves.

In addition to the hosts, teams from around the state that made their way to PBHS included fellow Big 10 Conference squads Robert C. Byrd, East Fairmont, and Bridgeport, with Herbert Hoover, Shady Spring, Hampshire, Frankfort, Oak Glenn, Pendleton, Independence, and Winfield also making the trip.

The Colts are currently the three-time defending state champion in West Virginia Class AA. Under the direction of current veteran head coach Heather Halfin, PB picked up its first state crown in 2005 to help the total start building toward a total of four titles now.

“We are very talented this year,” Halfin said. “We haven’t found that team spark yet. I have fantastic senior leaders who will push hard to make that happen.”

Philip Barbour senior Jyra Casto leaps up to get a swing at a kill shot attempt against Shady Spring in the PB September PB Showdown.

Senior team members for PBHS this year include McKenzie Carpenter, Jyra Casto, Shelby Collins, Madison Jones and Bailey Nestor.

Philip Barbour will be working on their opportunities to keep setting the ball well after the graduation of career set assists leader Maddi Carpenter earlier in 2018. Carpenter started all four years of her prep career, and is now playing college ball at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Juniors Riley Domingues and Emma Kennedy were the top two points leaders over 4 matches for the Lady Colts, with 23 and 18, respectively. Carpenter dialed up 46 kills on the day, while Casto added 22 more for PB. Bailey Nestor notched 43 digs while moving around PB’s half of the rectangle court in play.

Philip Barbour beat Herbert Hoover and Hampshire, split with Shady Spring, and fell to Oak Glenn in a match that went all 3 sets needed for a decision. The Colts will be back in action Wednesday for a tri-meet at home with Big 10 foes Liberty and North Marion starting at 6 p.m.