Volleyball Lady Bucs win regular-season finale against Gilmer County, 3-1

Tori Perkins (17) of the Buckhannon-Upshur volleyball Lady Bucs competes against Gilmer County last Thursday in their regular-season finale at the high school. The Lady Bucs downed Gilmer County by a 3-1 score. With Upshur County going orange on the state COVID-19 map, the Lady Bucs will not be allowed to play in this week’s sectional tournament.

Sectional tournament a no-go for B-U after county goes orange

TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur volleyball team wrapped up their regular season in fine fashion last Thursday with a 3-1 win over the visiting Gilmer County Titans in non-conference action.

The Lady Bucs took the first set by a 25-19 score but dropped the second set by a 25-15 count.

Buckhannon-Upshur regained the momentum in the third set taking it by a 25-17 and finished off the Titans with a hard-fought 25-23 victory in set four.

It was a busy week for the Lady Bucs last week playing six opponents in four days after being off three weeks because of Upshur County being orange on the state’s COVID-19 map.

The Lady Bucs went 4-2 last week during their return.

“The girls have a strong dedication to the sport and I think that is a main reason why we had success coming off of the interruption to our season,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Ashley Stanton. “And for that I am very grateful. It was challenging to go three weeks without implementing any ball skills, then go straight into a week of games. It makes a difference on the court. However, the girls did an excellent job adjusting back to playing games. We played six games in four nights, which was a challenge given the circumstances.”

The Lady Bucs recorded 10 aces in the win with Kendal Currence getting four and Caroline Frye and Tori Perkins two each.

McKenzie Reynolds and Currence paced the team in kills with 14 apiece.

Meghan Bailey had a team-high 30 assists while Frye had a team-best 26 digs.

The Lady Bucs recorded five blocks in the win with Reynolds getting three and Currence two.

Stanton’s Lady Bucs ended the regular season with a 15-6 record.

Unfortunately for the Lady Bucs, Thursday’s action was not only the end of their regular season but their overall season as well.

With Upshur County going orange again this past Saturday on the state’s COVID-19 map, the Lady Bucs will not be able to compete in this week’s sectional tournament at University.

The Lady Bucs were scheduled to begin sectional play Wednesday against University while Bridgeport was to face Preston in the other sectional first-round match-up.

The Lady Bucs were going to be the third seed while University was the second seed with Bridgeport the top seed and Preston the fourth seed.

“The girls have worked hard this season with new challenges regarding COVID-19 restrictions,” noted Stanton. “I am proud of them for adapting and reacting so well to a world that is constantly changing. Despite the challenges, we have had a great season on and off the court.”

The boxscore:

Buck.-Upshur 3      Gilmer County 1

(25-19, 15-25, 25-17, 25-23)

Buckhannon-Upshur statistics)

Aces – Kendal Currence 4, Caroline Frye 2, Tori Perkins 2, Meghan Bailey 1, McKenzie Reynolds 1.

Kills – McKenzie Reynolds 14, Kendal Currence 14, Caroline Frye 6, Cadence Ringer 6.

Assists – Meghan Bailey 30, Tori Perkins 2, Caroline Frye 1, Cadence Ringer 1.

Digs – Caroline Frye 26, Kendal Currence 21, McKenzie Reynolds 19, Cadence Ringer 16 Tori Perkins 11, Meghan Bailey 10, Kaitlyn Shannon 1.

Blocks – McKenzie Reynolds 3, Kendal Currence 2

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