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Lady Colts fall short in title game

Shady Spring claims Class AA banner in close three-set affair

CHARLESTON — Second-seed Philip Barbour fell just short in seeking its sixth volleyball state title in a three-set setback to top-seed Shady Spring Friday night at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.

The Lady Colts ended the season with a 35-9 mark.

In a tightly played finale, Shady Spring took the opening set by a score of 25-20.

But the final two games were a battle to the end as the Lady Tigers won by a score of 26-24 in set two, which featured nine ties, and secured the title with a 25-22 victory in set three.

Philip Barbour recorded 32 kills on the evening, compared to 39 by the winners.

The Lady Colts had seven blocks and five ace serves, while Shady Spring recorded two blocks and seven aces.

PB had 25 unforced errors and the Lady Tigers committed 22.

The Lady Colts advanced to the title game with straight set wins over Weir (25-8, 25-14, 25-10) in opening-round action and Oak Glen (25-23, 25-17, 25-18) in the semifinals.

The Class AAA portion of the tournament gets underway today as No. 4 Morgantown battles No. 5 Bridgeport and No. 3 Hedgesville faces No. 6 Woodrow Wilson in the 10:30 a.m. opening-round matches.

The Morgantown-Bridgeport victor faces top-seed Musselman in one semifinal and the Hedgesville-Woodrow Wilson winner meets No. 2 George Washington in the other semifinal.

The title game is set for 7 p.m.

Wirt County defeated East Hardy to win the Class A title on Thursday evening.

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