Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 5, 2013

Mavericks, Panthers cruise on tourney's opening night

GARDNER — The seeds prevailed Monday on the first night of sectional play in the Class AA, Region 3, Section 2 volleyball tournament at PikeView High School.

The top two teams in the brackets, James Monroe and PikeView, pulled off three-set sweeps to advance into the winner’s bracket for this evening’s action in the double-elimination tournament at Gardner.

In Monday’s opening round, PikeView dispatched River View 25-13, 25-16, 25-14.

For the victorious Panthers, Haleigh Compton had nine kills and one block, Alexis May had five kills, five blocks and two digs and Lyndsay Hatfield had four kills.

Savannah Coalson contributed five aces, five kills and four digs. Hannah Cook had two aces, one kill, four digs and 24 assists. Shelby Compton recorded three aces and one dig.

On an adjacent court in the opening round, Mount View rolled to a two-set advantage in a best-of-three competition against Bluefield High, but the Beavers rallied and claimed three straight close encounters to turn back the Golden Knights three games to two, 14-25, 18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-13.

James Monroe then defeated Bluefield in three sets. Scores were not available. River View eliminated Mount View, also in three sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-20.

Today at 6 p.m., James Monroe and PikeView will face each other, while Bluefield and River View tangle in the loser’s bracket in an elimination game. After those two encounters, the winner of the Bluefield-River View match will take on the loser of the James Monroe-PikeView match.

The championship game will conclude Tuesday’s action, if it can be started by 8:30 p.m. If that is not possible, the title game will be played at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

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W.Va. Sectionals

Class AAA, Region III

Thursday

At Woodrow Wilson High School

Princeton vs. Shady Spring, 6 p.m.

Woodrow Wilson vs. Oak Hill, 6 p.m.

Game 3, Greenbrier East vs. Woodrow-Oak Hill winner, 7 p.m.

Princeton-Shady Spring winner vs. Game 3 winner, 8 p.m.

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