The Times West Virginian

Sports

October 24, 2013

FSHS beats East, North in county tri-match: PHOTOS

PLEASANT VALLEY — There was no official winner. The results didn’t determine playoff seeding or the conference champion. Even the matches were just played to three sets instead of their regular five.

But when Fairmont Senior, East Fairmont and North Marion got together Wednesday evening in East Fairmont’s gym, there was much more on the line than just a couple matches. As Fairmont Senior assistant coach Melissa Jura said, this one was about “bragging rights.”

And on Wednesday evening, those rights went to Fairmont Senior.

The Polar Bears defeated North Marion in two sets and East Fairmont in three to walk away from the three-team match as the winningest team of the evening.

“To have all of the county teams play together on the same night is great for the community,” said North Marion coach Kristin DeVaul. “It gets everyone out to see the girls play on the same night. It creates a different type of energy.”

The gym was buzzing when East Fairmont and Fairmont Senior started the evening by each defeating North Marion in two sets.

The Polar Bears jumped out to a 9-1 lead to start the first set against the Huskies. It set the tone as they went on to win, 25-6, 25-14.

The Huskies hung in against East, but ultimately the Bees also prevailed 25-12, 25-22.

The two victories set the stage for the East Fairmont-Fairmont Senior matchup in which the winner would be the clear-cut winner of the evening.

As often happens when cross-town rivals square off, the match was as closely contested as the two school are in proximity. Fairmont Senior took the first set 25-18 in a match that was tied three times. But the Bees bounced back to take the second set 25-21 to set up a decisive third set.

In the conference match earlier this season, Fairmont Senior took the first set only to see the match slip away. But this time, it was a different story.

The Polar Bears closed it out 25-16 to earn the bragging rights and a bit of redemption from earlier in the season.

“I don’t know why we didn’t win last time. I think we just wanted it more (this time),” said Polar Bears senior Gabi Pearse, who led the team with 11 digs. “We wanted to show them that we’re better and we can play them in any gym.”

Fairmont Senior defeated East Fairmont in three sets the first time the teams squared off this season. It was the first time the Polar Bears had defeated the Bees in East Fairmont coach Deb Spears’ five-year tenure at the school.

However, the Bees responded by winning the Big 10 Conference match in five sets just a few weeks ago. Jura said that the Polar Bears have not won a conference match against the Bees since at least the late ’90s.

Even still, the victories over the two county teams Wednesday proved the Polar Bears can contend for the top spot in the conference.

“This year has been very different for our volleyball team,” Pearse said. “It’s a lot different than we’ve had in the past.”

For the Polar Bears against the Bees, Ali Cumberland had six assists and two digs. Breana Pacoe had five aces, three kills and four digs. Emily Stoller had two aces, four kills, three digs and five blocks. Jasmine Johnson had two aces, five kills, two assists and seven digs. Kaden Whaley had six aces, 14 kills, one assist, four digs and two blocks. Micayla Willis had three kills and a block. And Sophie Libonati had a kill and five digs.

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

 

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • NMHS #14 hit.jpg North Marion goes 2-for-2; Fairmont Senior 0-for-2 in tournament

    A day after an 11-0 mercy-rule victory at Philip Barbour, the North Marion Huskies were at it again.
    Chelsi Latocha threw three no-hit innings, Shelby King drove in five runs in the first inning and the Huskies rolled to a 20-0 victory over the winless Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in the Diamond Dawg Tournament at North Marion High School.

    April 19, 2014 6 Photos

  • Brewers’ Lohse beats Pirates again

    Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.
    Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.

    April 19, 2014

  • Bucs trade for Mets’ Ike Davis

    The New York Mets traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, parting ways with a power hitter who proved to be too inconsistent at the plate.
    Pittsburgh sent minor league right-hander Zack Thornton and a player to be named to New York for the 27-year-old Davis.

    April 19, 2014

  • Penguins wary of Blue Jackets after Game 1 escape

    Sidney Crosby is used to the attention. It comes with the territory when you’re the best hockey player in the world.
    Still, the Pittsburgh Penguins star knows the spotlight becomes more acute in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    April 19, 2014

  • Tori Postlewait front.jpg East’s Postlewait, North’s Latocha toss no-hitters

    Tori Postlewait made a deal with her great-uncle, Kenny Carpenter, before her freshman season.
    If the Bees’ pitcher tossed a no-hitter, Carpenter promised to give her $20.
    Well, it took four years, but it’s finally time for Postlewait’s great-uncle to pay up.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • East tennis splits with Polar Bears

    Fairmont Senior and East Fairmont split a pair of tennis matches Thursday, with Fairmont Senior winning the boys’ match and East Fairmont taking the girls’ competition.
    In the Bees’ 6-1 girls’ victory, Cara Laswell took second singles, 8-2. Erica Gorman won third singles, 8-1. And Carrington Reese won fourth singles, 8-3.

    April 18, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Under pressure, NCAA decides to change rules

    At first glance, it appears that they do not go hand-in-hand, a pair of rules changes the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved this week, sending them off for what seems to be smooth sailing toward becoming rules.

    April 18, 2014

  • McCutchen, Alvarez lead Pirates over Brewers

    Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • Means, WVU baseball shut out Oklahoma

    Junior left-hander John Means of the WVU baseball team threw eight shutout innings and the Mountaineers had a five-run first inning en route to a 7-0 victory over Oklahoma on Thursday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
    The Mountaineers (18-15, 3-6 Big 12) broke a six-game Big 12 losing streak after being swept by TCU and Oklahoma State in back-to-back weekends. WVU had 16 hits and did not make an error for the second-straight game.

    April 18, 2014

  • FURFARI COLUMN: Dr. Graber disagrees with Gee’s stance on Turnbull firing

    Dr. Stephen Graber, an associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is among the latest WVU teachers to deplore Oliver Luck’s firing of veteran wrestling coach Craig Turnbull.
    He raised some significant questions about that issue last Monday in a meeting of the WVU Faculty Senate.

    April 18, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos