MAN — Scott High School (16-15-1) competed in their sectional tournament at Man High School last week. The team played over three days against four teams, fighting their way to the sectional final for their chance to move on to the regional round.
Scott began their tournament against the 6-28-2 Lady Wildcats of Logan, sweeping the team 3-0 and facing the host team Man (12-21-2) right after. Scott won this match 3-1 to finish up their Saturday matches.
Next up for Scott were the Mingo Central Lady Miners (18-21), who bested the Lady Hawks in both of their regular schedule matches, 3-2 at Scott’s opening game, and again in Matewan 2-0. Scott, however, had seen improvement in their confidence and their play since the last meeting with Mingo, and swept the Lady Miners 3-0 to advance to their final matchup on Wednesday.
Another team Scott had trouble with early on in the season, Chapmanville Regional High School, was the final test for the Madison side. The Lady Tigers had the advantage in their regular series, taking two matches out of three against Scott. Their loss to Scott in mid-October was a sweep, showing signs of the form and momentum Scott enjoyed in the latter half of the schedule.
Scott students were given the chance to take the pep bus to Man and cheer on their team against CRHS. Driven Knights, Inc., who have worked with Scott volleyball over the year, covered the students’ admission. Assistant coach Angela Phillips says the student section did their part in energizing the team with the enthusiasm they brought with them.
The squad returned the favor by giving their supporters a 3-1 victory over Chapmanville, taking the school’s first ever sectional championship and granting them a place in regionals.
There, the Skyhawks would be tasked with taking on second-seed Winfield (36-14-2) that Saturday for the chance to play in the 2019 state tournament.
Phillips expressed the personal value of the triumph to many of the girls.
“[The win was] very special since the seniors on this team played on the first volleyball team at Madison Middle as 6th graders and have now won the first sectional title,” she says.
Scott has seven seniors on the roster, including Alexxus Phillips, Jessica Fleming, Kelsi Akers, Makaila West, Kathryn Underwood, Cassidy Mitchell, and Chloe Older.
The Coal Valley News will provide updates on regional and state tournaments.