MORGANTOWN – A solid season came to a premature end for the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc volleyball team Tuesday after their Region 1, Section 2 contest with the Morgantown Lady Mohigans at University High School.
The Lady Bucs dropped the contest to Morgantown in straight sets.
Buckhannon-Upshur was competitive in the first set taking Morgantown to the wire in a 25-19 setback, but Morgantown controlled play in the second and third sets winning by 25-10 score and 25-11 scores.
Head coach Ashley Stanton and her Lady Bucs ended the year with a 16-7-1 record.
The Lady Bucs started off strong taking an early 4-1 lead against the Mohigans, but Morgantown went on a 6-1 run for a 7-5 lead and it was a lead they would never give back to the Lady Bucs.
A pair of kills by McKenzie Reynolds closed the deficit to 13-11 and a kill by Abigail Vincent brought B-U to within one, at 14-13, but Morgantown scored six of the final eight points to pull away for the set one win.
“We had a great start in the first set,” noted Stanton. “Then, we let some forced errors get the better of us and struggled to communicate in the second two sets.”
Buckhannon-Upshur had four aces in the contest with Caroline Frye getting two.
Johnna Smith led the team in kills with five while Frye had a team-best five assists.
Shelby McDaniels had nine digs.
The setback to Morgantown didn’t dampen the success the Lady Bucs had this past season for Stanton, who mentored her team with just two seniors.
“It's been a great year,” explained Stanton. “As always, I have enjoyed the time with the girls. We will greatly miss our two seniors, Abigail Vincent and Johnna Smith. They both have made great contributions to the team. I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”
Morgantown was set to battle University, who knocked off Preston, for the sectional volleyball title.
Morgantown 3 Buck.-Upshur 0
(25-19, 25-10, 25-11)
Aces – Caroline Frye 2, Meghan Bailey 1, Kaitlyn Shannon 1.
Kills – Johnna Smith 5, Abigail Vincent 3, Shelby McDaniels 3, McKenzie Reynolds 2, Caroline Frye 1.
Assists – Caroline Frye 5, Meghan Bailey 4, Kaitlyn Shannon 3, Olivia McKisic 1.
Digs – Shelby McDaniels 9, McKenzie Reynolds 6, Meghan Bailey 5, Caroline Frye 4, Abigail Vincent 3, Allie Claypoole 3, Olivia McKisic 1, Johnna Smith 1, Kaitlyn Shannon 1.
Blocks — None