TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School volleyball team split a pair of outings last week against Philippi and Bridgeport.
In a home match last Monday with Philippi, the two teams went three sets as the Little Lady Bucs won the first one by a 25-20 score but dropped the next two by 25-22 and 25-17 scores.
The Little Lady Bucs rebounded with an instant classic on the road last Wednesday with Bridgeport.
The Little Lady Bucs dropped the first set by a 25-20 score but then roared back taking the second set by a 25-17 score before winning an extended third set by a 27-25 score.
The loss against Philippi was the first of the season for head coach Sheena Westfall and her team as the split left them with a 5-1 record overall.
“We started the season strong but hit a road bump with Philippi,” noted Westfall. “The girls came back though and had an amazing win against Bridgeport.”
In the loss to Philippi, the Little Lady Bucs had six aces with Ella Jeran getting three, Ella McNeish two and Riley Vincent one.
Alyssa Abel had a team-high 14 kills while McNeish had a team-best 16 assists and 16 digs.
Abel and Ava Lantz each had a block for the Little Lady Bucs.
In the win against Bridgeport the Little Lady Bucs amassed nine aces with McNeish leading the way with five.
Abel paced the team in kills with eight while McNeish had a team-high nine assists and 24 digs.
Abel had two blocks in the win.
The Little Lady Bucs had their entire slate of games this week canceled as they were slated to play Robert L. Bland this past Monday, South Harrison this past Tuesday and Elkins today.
They are scheduled to return to the court Tuesday at home against South Harrison and then travel to Belington on Wednesday.
Philippi 2 B-UMS 1
(20-25, 25-22, 25-17)
Aces – Ella Jeran 3, Ella McNeish 2, Riley Vincent 1.
Kills – Alyssa Abel 14, Ella McNeish 6, Riley Vincent 5.
Assists – Ella McNeish 16, Emmalea Lipps 3, Ava Lantz 1, Alyssa Abel 1.
Digs – Ella McNeish 16, Ava Lantz 12, Ella Jeran 10, Alyssa Abel 7, Emmalea Lipps 7, Riley Vincent 6, Quinn Burnside 2.
Blocks – Alyssa Abel 1, Ava Lantz 1.
B-UMS 2 Bridgeport 1
(20-25, 25-17, 27-25)
Aces – Ella McNeish 5, Ava Lantz 2, Alyssa Abel 1, Riley Vincent 1.
Kills – Alyssa Abel 8, Ella McNeish 4, Ella Jeran 2, Emmalea Lipps 2.
Assists – Ella McNeish 9, Emmalea Lipps 2, Rylee Carr 1, Ava Lantz 1.
Digs – Ella McNeish 24, Ava Lantz 23, Ella Jeran 18, Alyssa Abel 11, Emmalea Lipps 9, Riley Vincent 8, Quinn Burnside 1.
Blocks – Alyssa Abel 2.