Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 31, 2006

Beavers capture sectional title

Staff reports

NEW RICHMOND — The Bluefield Beavers’ volleyball season will continue Saturday morning in regional tournament play in Raleigh County.

The Beavers captured the championship of Class AA, Region 3, Section 2 on Monday night at Wyoming East High School.

In the opening round, PikeView beat Iaeger and Westside triumphed over Mount View.

Bluefield, the No. 1 seed, then took on PikeView and prevailed in three games, 25-6, 25-9 and 25-14. Meanwhile, the second-seeded Wyoming East Warriors defeated Westside in the semifinal.

The championship was a three-game sweep for the Beavers over the Warriors 25-19, 25-8 and 25-10.

Bluefield’s Brittany Fruend provided 45 assists for the evening — 19 against PikeView and 26 against Wyoming East. She also led the sectional champs in service points (11), service aces (4) and dinks (3).

Chelsea Mallory topped Bluefield’s charts in kills (13) and spikes (7). She added 10 service points and three service aces.

Aprylle Buford had seven service points, six spikes, three blocks, two kills and a dink. Megan Godfrey chipped in six service points, two spikes and two kills.

Stephanie Wallace provided six spikes and four kills (all against Wyoming East). Aiesha Dewitt had six kills, three in each of the two matches. Dewitt, Freund and Mallory each had one block.

Named to the all-tournament team were Fruend, Dewitt and Mallory from Bluefield; Wyoming East’s Natasha Roberts and Toni Dawson; Jennifer Bailey of Westside; Amanda Shrewsbury of PikeView; Lauren Auville of Iaeger; and Alexis Montgomery of Mount View.

Both Bluefield and runner-up Wyoming East have berths in the Region 3 tournament, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Independence High School in Coal City.

Princeton enters section play tonight

CHARLESTON — Princeton’s volleyball team will travel to Greenbrier East for the Region III, Section 1 tournament today.

Princeton (11-17) will be joined by the Spartans, Woodrow Wilson and Nicholas County. The Tigers, who competed in the Mountain State Athletic Conference last Saturday in Charleston, finished ninth in the 16-team league.

Princeton split games with Hurricane 25-23, 18-25, and were led by Brittini McClung (8 kills), Laura Whitt (11 service points, 6 aces, 3 kills, 1 block) and Amanda Smith (3 digs, 2 kills, 1 block.)

The Tigers did defeat Nitro 25-20, 25-19, and lost to top-seeded George Washington 13-25, 12-25.

Against Nitro, Princeton was led by Whitt (13 pts, 5 aces, 5 kills), Smith (6 pts, 4 aces, 3 kills), Heather Walters (10 pts, 5 aces) and Kala Hardin (11 assists, 3 pts, 3 kills, 1 ace).

Whitt (5 kills, 4 pts, 3 blocks) and Smith (4 kills) paced the Tigers in the loss to George Washington, which went on to win the MSAC title.