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The 2020 Scott High volleyball team earned a section win over Chapmanville on Oct. 15.

CHAPMANVILLE — Scott High volleyball (6-7) played Chapmanville Regional High School (10-11) at the Lady Tiger’s court on Oct. 15. The two teams played once before at Scott, where the Lady Hawks beat them 2-0 in a tri match with Wayne.

Scott High took the first the first match of three, trading possession with Chapmanville before edging ahead of their opponents’ 24 points and running away with the game 26-24. The second game saw the Lady Tigers take an all-important early lead, which they maintained throughout to beat the Madison side 25-20 and tie the match 1-1.

Scott came back well in the third, however, hitting 10 points in only three possessions. Chapmanville were never quite able to catch up, only managing 15 points while Scott High hit 25 and won the match 2-1.

“We always play close games with Chapmanville, they are so competitive,” said Scott Head Coach Liz Underwood.

The coach said she was proud of the Lady Hawks for their strength in the third game of the match. With the postseason has come uncertainty across the state for athletes in volleyball, football, and soccer. The color-coded COVID-19 map will be used by the WVSSAC to determine whether teams are eligible to compete over the tournaments, with counties in orange or above disqualified immediately from play. Underwood, like many coaches, has concerns over this decision.

“I think the SSAC postseason rules are grossly unfair,” she said. “We should be able to test all teams and let those that are negative play. The discrimination against volleyball, football, and soccer is wrong, period.”

The Coal Valley News will be covering the postseason as it happens.