EAST WHEELING — A showdown between OVAC volleyball forces earlier in the season turned into a one-sided affair on Wednesday night.
Homestanding Wheeling Central (4-1) showed their strength at the net when they defeated Monroe Central (3-1) 25-15, 28-26, 25-19 on Skip Prosser Court. Both competed among the top teams in Class 2A.
“We knew they were going to be a good competitor, so once we figured out what they were doing, we worked around on it.” said Wheeling Central head coach Kara Conners. “We played well”
The first set was bogged down 10 times, the last at 14-all, before Wheeling Central reeled off 11 of the last 12 points for the 25-15 nod.
The second set was also a back and forth as there were also 10 draws. The Maroon Knights trailed 26-25 before losing three straight points for the win.
Wheeling Central, tied at 11 in the third set, pulled up a 15-11 lead, but Monroe Central cut the deficit to 16-15. However, after a timeout by the hosts, they went ahead with a 9-4 breakout that sealed the deal.
“We have a fantastic net game” said Conners. “Our mids. Our right side. Our left side. You just connect with the other players. It takes them all.”
Conners went on to say that her team has 11 seniors who have played together since they were teenagers.
“They started playing together in ninth grade and it’s sort of the culmination of a lot of hard work on their part.” emphasized the coach.
Nicole Reasbeck filled the winners’ stat sheet with a stunning 20 kills, 18 digs, three assists, a trio of blocks and two aces. However, she was not alone.
Kamy Conners added a dozen kills and a similar number of digs, while Alexis Hood added 21 assists and 11 digs. Libero Gabby Leadbitter finished with 13 digs and Ashlynn Knight with nine digs, four blocks and a trio of aces. Delaney O’Connell recorded eight digs and three kills, while Lainey Peters contributed nine assists.
“We’re still working on getting better. We’ve never seen an opponent like that and we started a week later than everyone else.” said Jeanette Schwall, head coach at Monroe Central. “I thought we did a good job on blocking, but we still have a lot of work to do to improve it.”
The Seminoles were led by Kynzi Bishop with six points and five kills. Abby Thompson added six blocks and four kills, while Jacey English recorded seven points and a similar number of digs. Olivia Valkovic had 10 assists; Maclarin Craft nine digs and Kyra English eight assists.
Wheeling Central heads to Ritchie County for a quad on Saturday. Monroe Central visits Bridgeport tonight.