BThe Yellow Jackets have been battled tested going toe-to-toe in back-and-forth bouts with East Hardy all season long culminating in an All-Hardy County re-match in the Class A Region II Volleyball Championship round as Moorefield earned back-to-back titles over the Cougars in West Union with straight sets 25-20, 25-23, 25-21.
Moorefield garnered its fourth region championship in program history and joins the Cougars for another opportunity to dance in Charleston.
“We played East Hardy again in the championship, who we lost to in the section championship last week. On our side, it was our turn. We knew what they do and it was our turn to make adjustments and they capitalized on it today. You saw a lot more blocking in the East Hardy game and a lot more swinging. We saw a lot more transition and that’s just what it took to win. At the end of the day, you have to be proud of these girls. They gave us a solid eight sets of hard volleyball, no point was easy. At this point in the season, nothing is easy. I don’t think it has sunk in that they are going to Charleston, because they are completely exhausted,” Moorefield coach Morgan See commented.
“Back in August, we weren’t sure if we would have a season. From the beginning of the season for these girls, our motto was ‘we were going to play every game, every hour, every day and not take it for granted’. We sat out 13 days due to an outbreak at the high school and they would have come in with the outlook that we have fallen behind, but they didn’t. They still had that drive and that desire to keep going and last week was a big wake-up call for them losing to East Hardy. Nobody is going to lay down for you at this point. We had to dig within and find a little more determination to find the reason why. For the seniors to be back in Charleston for a fourth time is exciting. Hopefully we aren’t done yet and still have some play left in us. For Hardy County, you have to be proud of East Hardy and us. There is a lot of good volleyball right here in our county. We have to go down and represent Hardy County well.”
The excitement having both teams returning to the state tournament in Charleston filled the gymnasium with positivity for the entire county.
East Hardy will be going to the state tournament for the 11th time since 2006 and the Yellow Jackets will be making their seventh state appearance.
Having coming off a loss to the Cougars in the section championship two days earlier, Moorefield came in with a different focus and it showed with the enthusiasm on the court as the battle for region supremacy took form in close sets.
Revenge in the region championship didn’t start off as planned for the Yellow Jackets as East Hardy’s SierraMarie Miller blocked a volley by Sterling Kump.