Having an All-Hardy County Region II Section 2 Volleyball Championship has been a familiar sight and the Yellow Jackets were the defending champion coming in as the top seed, but East Hardy was hungry to take a bite out of the Hive to claim the title crown this past Thursday clawing for a straight set victory: 25-21, 27-25 and 25-23.
The Cougars have won the section title 13 times out of the past 15 seasons with the exception being the previous two years being taken by Moorefield.
Both teams split the regular season matches and the road to the Charleston went through the heart of Hardy County.
“I thought our girls came out incredibly focused trying to get that top seed, so we’re playing the loser of the region over there. We wanted to show everybody that we can play some volleyball over there,” East Hardy assistant coach Chris Hahn stated.
“The last couple of weeks we have turned it up a notch. We played Washington and beat them in five sets and that was kind of our turning point. It was against good, high competition and beat them in five. I feel like we have rolled since that time. We have been sharpening the knife all season long and we feel like we are better now and we are healthy. Early when we came in here and lost, we were done a couple of players. The girls were a little nervous, but we read the floor well tonight and didn’t try to force the ball into places. SierraMarie played out of her mind tonight. She had a tremendous game at the net. Moorefield is a good team and we might see them two more times this season. We’re not taking anything for granted. We appreciate the win and we will take it on any floor at any place we can.”
Moorefield had a bye in the first round, then defeated Pendleton County in the semifinals in four sets: 19-25, 25-11, 25-15, 25-21.
Moorefield and East Hardy traveled to Doddridge County to earn a state tournament berth in the Region II Tournament on Saturday.