Philip Barbour captured two victories in Monday night's tri-match, defeating North Marion and Buckhannon-Upshur in Big 10 Conference volleyball action.
Coach Heather Halfin's Lady Colts handed the Lady Bucs their first conference loss of the season, defeating B-U 25-14 and 25-21.
Hannah Stewart led Philip Barbour with eight service points and 10 digs. Sydney Curtis and Cory Carpenter added four points each, while Mariah Davis led at the net with seven kills.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Philip Barbour’s Hannah Stewart goes up for a spike as a North Marion’s defender attempts to make the block Monday night in the Lady Colts’ win at PBHS.
Morgan Stemler chipped in with 12 assists, while Brooke Depoy added four kills.
"We knew that Buckhannon-Upshur was a much improved team," Halfin said. "We weren't sure of what to expect, but our girls handled it well."
McKenzie Leigh led Buckhannon-Upshur with 11 kills. Sarah Ling collected a team high four digs, while setter Lindsey Wagoner recorded eight assists.
"We were just off tonight," B-U coach Sheena Westfall said. "We were never able to get out of the slump and play our game."
Both teams rolled past North Marion. Philip Barbour defeated the Lady Huskies 25-8 and 25-6 in dominant fashion. Curtis led the team on several solid runs, collecting 18 service points in the victory.
B-U also dominated North Marion, winning in two sets 25-11 and 25-7. Leah Blend was solid at the net, drilling home 12 kills. Wagoner posted eight assists and five service aces.
Philip Barbour improves to 23-7 with the two victories and will play another tri-match tonight against Morgantown and Liberty.
The Lady Colts continue to play without starter Nikki Shriver.
"When you have a key player out for awhile, it often tells you a lot about your team," Halfin said. "We have had to make some adjustments and in some cases, move some players into new positions. Overall, they have responded well."
Buckhannon-Upshur moves to 17-4-2 on the season will entertain rival Elkins today at 7 p.m.
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WHEELING?- Davis & Elkins placed third in the West Virginia Conference Northern Regional Monday at the Speidel Jones Course in Wheeling.
Cameron Buist led D & E with a strong third place finish in the 65-golfer field, carding a score of 149 (73-76).
Buist was joined on the leaderboard by teammates Phil Rutherford (78-76) and Chris Young (76-78), who tied for 13th place at 154.
Wesleyan's Elmer Sobansky used a strong first round to tie Rutherford and Young with a 73-81 tournament. The Bobcats placed ninth as a team in the 13-team event.
Concord claimed the team title, shooting a team score of 602. The Mountain Lions were led by Matthew Morgan's second-place performance of 148 (75-73). The University of Charleston snagged the runner-up spot, defeating Davis & Elkins by a single stroke 609-610. The Golden Eagles were led by individual champion Jamin Smith who shot a 147 (73-74).
This was the last tune-up before the league championship tournament. The WVIAC men's golf championships are set this weekend in Glade Springs. It is the first championship on the calendar in the final year of the 87-year old league.