Little Lady Bucs Volleyball sweeps Elkins and Lincoln, fall short against Belington


TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Lady Buccaneers varsity volleyball team (10-5-1), coached by Sheena Westfall tackled a tough three game slate starting on Monday, October 10 against Elkins and wrapping up on Thursday, October 13 against Belington. 

The Little Lady Bucs got their busy week off to a start against rival Elkins. Coach Westfall’s team prevailed in straight sets, taking the first set win by a score of 25-11 and before delivering a clutch performance to hold off a run by Elkins for the second set win, 25-17. Several Little Lady Buccaneers enjoyed outstanding individual days statistically, Avery Hamer racked up a team-high seven kills, with Alivia Cogar not got behind with 6. Kayla Westfall continued to leave her mark on the game by setting up teammates, racking up a team-high 11 assists against Elkins. Both Kenzie Egress and Kristine Frye tied for the team lead in terms of digs with 7 apiece. Cogar was the team’s most effective server, finishing with a team 6 aces, with Egress following closely behind with 5 aces of her own. 

Coach Westfall was proud of how her team tackled the difficult challenge of the opening game of a busy week, saying, “Monday games are always difficult. You come out of a weekend and go right into game mode. The girls had a slow start and we were going point for point. They did get into a rhythm and started utilizing passes at the net to end for kills. Our serving also started to become more consistent. I feel like a recording when I say this, but these girls are fun to watch and coach. They work hard, are coachable and are about the team not themselves. This year we are working towards a goal and each game we get closer to reaching that goal.”

The very next day on Tuesday, October 11, the Little Lady Buccaneers stayed hot, sweeping Lincoln in straight sets to improve to 12-5-1 overall this season. The Little Lady Buccaneers cruised past Lincoln in part thanks to a deep group of talented servers. The Little Lady Buccaneers racked up 9 total aces against Lincoln, with Egress pacing the team with 5. Hamer was also a touch match-up for Lincoln around the net, collecting a team-high 6 kills. 

Despite another dominate outing, Coach Westfall saw some areas in which her team could improve down the backstretch of the season, saying, “The girls gave away too many points in the first set on errors. Our communication and movement were slow to start. The girls pulled out the win with strong serves and hits. We were able to regroup after the first set and limited the number of errors we were making. We also made more hustle plays that we did not see in the first set due to lack of communication and movement. Every play, every point that we can come together is to our advantage.”

The Little Lady Buccaneers wrapped up their busy week on Thursday against Belington. Coach Westfall’s team couldn’t quite find a rhythm against Belington, who caught them off-guard with their intensity in the first set, leading the Little Lady Buccaneers dropping their first set of the week, 25 to 9. Coach Westfall’s team played a little better in the second set, yet still struggled sustaining volleys at times against a talented team, culminating in a 25 to 16 loss for the Little Lady Buccaneers. 

Following the loss, Coach Westfall was owned the loss, but obvious expects her team to bounce back and play well as the team’s season begins to draw to a close, saying, “We played an extremely tough team this evening. We did not have all our girls ready to play. We had some ready and some for whatever reason who seemed shocked in how Belington was playing. This is a team that we played closely with back in the tournament but struggled tonight. We made a lot of errors that we could not recover from. We also had some girls that stepped up in times of difficulty for us as well. I don’t know if the change in varsity not playing first had something to do with it, but when all said and done, the game is still the same whether we play first or after our JV. It was not our best performance but I fully expect the girls to bounce back and take care of business in our final week of season before conference play occurs.”

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