Moorefield Middle School mastered the fundamentals and came together as a team to secure the Potomac Valley League 8th grade Volleyball Championship defeating Pendleton County Middle School by straight sets 25-12 and 25-16 in Baker last Thursday.
“All season our goal was to build team unity and strength and overall self-confidence. Honestly, winning out just added to that. Our girls built a bond that was unbreakable,” Moorefield Middle coach Chessie Vetter commented.
“That was the most meaningful thing to us as coaches. We came in to a group of girls who were so beaten down and it was a good season. They were determined and it showed tonight. All we have wanted was for them to be a team. This win is an icing on the cake. They deserve it. The keys were working together and covering the court, not letting anything by them and being aggressive. When they come down on themselves, we tell them we believe in you. If we didn’t believe in you, we wouldn’t be here right now.”
As the top seed in the tournament, the Lady Yellow Jackets had a bye in the first round before having to face fourth-seed East Hardy Early Middle School which turned into a three set test in the semifinals 19-25, 25-17 and 25-21.
The Lady Cougars knocked off the PVL defending champion and fifth-seed Romney Middle in the first round 25-12 and 25-22.
Second-seed Pendleton County defeated third-seed Petersburg in the semifinals, while the Lady Vikings beat sixth-seed Capon Bridge in the tournament opener.
In the PVL Championship match, Moorefield Middle started with a 4-0 lead against the Lady Wildcats which included a service point by Amber Williams, a spike by Marissa Ward and an attack by Teia Ray which was returned out.
Pendleton County’s Lilly Barbour launched an attack that was ricocheted back into the net.
Ray’s attack was saved by Ana Tharpe, but was too low to clear the net.
Moorefield Middle’s McKenna Crites had a serve returned into the net, then delivered an ace to go up 7-1.
After an error serving, Ward made two kills and Ray delivered an ace during a nine straight points earned by the Lady Yellow Jackets for a 16-2 advantage.
Moorefield Middle’s Kaleigh Hunt made several kills during that stretch and Sterling Kump tapped the ball over with a dig by Lady Wildcats’ Allie Cooper landing in the net.
Tharpe earned a point and Pendleton County received some points on errors during the set.
Hannah Rexrode and Lizzie Alt recorded an ace each plus Barbour made a kill for the Lady Wildcats during a stretch to make it 22-11.
During a serve by Williams, Crites spiked the ball for the first set victory 25-12.