By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
It took five sets for things to be settled Tuesday night at the Bluefield High School gymnasium as the host Beavers defeated the Mount View Golden Knights 25-21, 27-25, 13-25, 17-25, 15-9 in volleyball action.
Mount View jumped to the early lead in game one and Bluefield tied at three. With Makenna Williams serving the Beavers extended their lead to 10-6 and eventually led 12-7. Mount View came back and go to within two at 13-11 before the Beavers moved back out front.
Mount View drew even at 16 and took the lead with Kayla Grygiel serving before Bluefield called time to regroup. After the timeout Bluefield surged back ahead and scored the final points of the game with Jamaikah Wallace serving and the Beavers taking a 25-21 win.
Game two saw the Golden Knights open a 13-4 lead behind the play of Chyna Gray. Slowly the Beavers fought their way back. Bluefield scored eight in a row to tie the game at 18 and an ace by Dakota Bragg put the home team on top 19-18, forcing Mount View to call time. After ties at 22, 23, 24 and 25 the Beavers put together two scores in a row to claim game two 27-25.
Facing a win or lose the match situation, Mount View scored the first five points of game three and led 9-3 when Bluefield called time. The Knights’ lead in this game was at 10 points on several occasions and behind the serving of Grygiel and Gray Mount View took a 25-13 win.
Facing another elimination circumstance in game four, Mount View again took the early lead before Bluefield pulled ahead. and went up by four. The Knights, after a tie at 16, scored four in a row with Heather Tolnay serving and got the final point of the match on an ace by Gray to take a 25-17 win.
Going to the tie-breaking game Bluefield stormed out to a 7-2 lead at which time Mount View called a timeout. As they had done all game long, Mount View fought its way back and got to within two at 10-8, but that would be as close as the Knights would get as the Beavers went on a 5-1 run, with Areona Perkins serving four straight points to end the game with Bluefield on top 15-9 and giving the Beavers a five-set win over their rivals from McDowell County.
Bluefield coach Greg Breisch talked about the play of his team, Tuesday night.
“They played really hard. I’m really proud of them. They did a great job, they worked together as a team,” Breisch said. “I’m really proud of them, JV and varsity, they both did well.
“They’ve been working a lot in practice not to give up, to work till the end. They pushed to the end and they did a great job.”
The Beavers also won the junior varsity match.
Mount View coach Cassandra Burkett was equally pleased with her team’s five-set effort.
“I think they did really well,” Burkett said. “They need to play together more, I think, but it was a tough game for them. They played hard and they played to win. I’m proud of them.”
Mount View hosts James Monroe on Thursday, while Bluefield is scheduled to host Montcalm the same day.
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