Varsity Little Lady Buccaneers Volleyball improve to 10-5-1

Outside Hitter Avery Hamer leads the teams in kills at 75. ROBERTA HATCHER/The Record Delta

TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Little Lady Buccaneers Varsity Volleyball, coached by Sheena Westfall, continued to play up to their lofty standard this past week, with a trio of games against Taylor County Middle School, Mountaineer Middle School and Notre Dame Middle School.

The Little Lady Buccaneers got their busy week started by welcome Taylor County to Tennerton back on Monday, October 3. Coach Westfall’s team improved to 8-5-1 after collecting a dominant straight set victory over the Knights, winning each set 25 to 13 and 25 to 19, respectively. Avery Hamer picked up an astounding 24 digs, while Becca Pastorius collected a team-high 6 kills and tied second on the for the team in digs with 15 alongside teammate Kenzie Egress. Jayla Westfall enjoyed an outstanding day in terms of setting up teammates in scoring position, racking up 7 assists, with Egress not far behind with 6.

Coach Westfall analyzed her team’s overall performance against Taylor County, saying, “We took a minute to get into the game. For the first several points the game was back and forth with being tied. We had a few serving errors as well as ball handle errors. The girls started to settle in and we were able to run away with the win in the first set. Communication errors and ball handle errors came out early in the second set. The girls just needed to settle in and get into a groove. Once they settled in we were able to get better control of the game. I encouraged our front row hitters to become more aggressive at the net and we started getting Taylor County off on defense. As a team we didn’t have the best movement during either set but in the second set we saw much better movement. We made some plays out of the net which has not happened much this season and we kept some plays going because of hustle. The girls continue to grow in their game individually but also as a team and it is fun to watch.”

The Little Lady Buccaneers didn’t have long to savor their win, as they faced a quick turnaround with Clarksburg’s Mountain Middle School coming to Tennerton the very next day on Tuesday, October 4. The Little Lady Buccaneers collected their second straight sets sweep in as many days, beating Mountaineer Middle School in both sets 25 to 14 and 25 to 14, respectively. Pastorius enjoyed an outstanding day serving the ball, picking up 6 aces in leading her team to the dominant win. Hamer paced the Little Lady Buccaneers with 6 kills, with Westfall leading the team in assists with 7, while Pastorius collected a team-high 9 digs.

Coach Westfall offered her thoughts on her team’s win over Mountaineer Middle, saying, “A good win for the girls this evening. Started off a little slow just with the overall energy being down. The girls really had to bring their own energy to the game which can be hard especially for this age. Our serving was on tonight We were able to utilize some of our bench players this evening and they were a big part of the team’s success in the second set. It was great to see the starter so excited for their teammates. Another great win and another great day to be a Lady Buc!”

The Little Lady Buccaneers wrapped up their action-packed week on Friday, October 7 against Notre Dame. The Little Lady Buccaneers picked up their third consecutive sweep against the Irish, winning each set 25 to 10 and 25 to 7, respectively. In what was a total team effort, the Little Lady Buccaneers cruised to their third straight victory, improving to 10-5-1 on the 2022 season.

In spite of the thoroughly dominant performance by her team, Coach Westfall saw several ways in which her team could have played a more complete game, saying, “The girls played well. We started off slow but had a solid finish. We still let silly errors get to us but once we start to limit those, we play a good game. The girls continue to grow in their games individually as well as a team. We always have room for improvement and work on these areas in our practices. Next week will be another busy week as we have three more games.”

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