Lady Bucs earn sweep at Lewis County, go 2-1 at RCB triangular

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WESTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur volleyball team defeated Lewis County in straight sets Wednesday night in Big 10 Conference action.

The Lady Bucs won by scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-17 to improve to 13-8-1 overall and 8-2 in Big 10 play. They were slated to visit sectional foe University on Thursday night before taking part in the Bridgeport quad on Saturday, along with Greenbrier East and Parkersburg South.

“The girls played very well overall this evening,” said B-U coach Sheena Westfall.  “We have another busy week this week and it will be a good test for them, especially at this point in the season.”

Madison Shepherd tallied seven kills, Payton Kotol and Sydney Maxwell six each and McKenzie Reynolds four for the Lady Bucs.

Shepherd led in digs with 26, Kotol added 17 and Abigail Vincent tallied 15.

Cara Benson was top in assists with 25, while Kotol had 18 made serves and four aces, Vincent 12 made serves and three aces and Benson 11 made serves.

“Madison Shepherd, Payton Kotol and Abigail Vincent were strong on defense for us,” Westfall added. “And we had several girls that were strong at the net with kills, blocks or just covering in general.

“Johnna Smith and Payton Kotol were big [with] serving as well.”

On Tuesday, the Lady Bucs traveled to Robert C. Byrd for the a Volley for a Cure event, along with Liberty and Lincoln.

They defeated Liberty 2-0 (25-11, 25-12), lost a 2-0 to RCB (18-25, 15-25) and defeated Lincoln 2-0 (25-14, 25-16).

“The girls came out strong in our game against Liberty,” Maxwell said. “Madison, Abigail andSydney were strong at the net and Madison and Payton were consistent and strong on the defensive end for us.

  “We were hanging in there with RCB but we started to get a few steps behind at the net and weren’t able to get a hand on the ball, allowing RCB to get ahead. Once they got ahead, we just weren’t able to come back.

“The girls were able to regroup and finish the night with a win against Lincoln. We made plays at the net again and were moving better as a whole.”

On the night, Maxwell finished with 14 kills, 24 made serves and six aces, Shepherd had 10 kills and 33 digs, Vincent 10 kills, 16 digs, 20 made serves and six aces and Benson 35 assists.

Maxwell and Smith also tallied two blocks apiece.

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