By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
It was a night of volleyball featuring a couple of Views — PikeView and River View and two groups of bandits — Pirates and Raiders, Thursday at the PikeView High School gymnasium. When the digs, kills, serves and spikes were all over, the PikeView Panthers stood tall, winning two matches, one over Fayetteville, 25-8, 25-12, the other over River View 25-10, 25-10. In between, Fayetteville topped River View 25-16, 25-13.
“We did really well tonight (Thursday),” said PikeView coach Steve Compton. “We had a couple of rough games coming in and we really needed to have a good night.”
The opening match pitted PikeView against Fayetteville. The Panthers opened an 8-4 lead and with Alexis May serving pulled away to a 16-6 lead. Fayetteville called time, trailing 22-8, but PikeView’s Hannah Cook served the final three points and the Panthers got a 22-8 win.
PikeView took the second game and match by the score of 25-12. The Panthers rolled out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back.
The second match of the night pitted the Fayetteville Pirates against the River View Raiders in a swashbuckling affair.
River View, who arrived late at the gymnasium due to problems with a vehicle transporting some of the players, fell behind 2-0 before tying the game at three. It stayed within four points until with Raven Kennedy serving the Raiders got to within a point of pulling even at 14.
Fayetteville went on a 11-3 run and Cassie Semple served the final three points to give the pink-wearing Pirates a 25-16 win.
Fayetteville, whose school colors are green and white, sported pink jerseys in Thursday night’s action in support of breast cancer awareness.
The second game between the Pirates and Raiders saw the Pirates open a 6-0 lead with Hannah Samples serving. The Raiders never got into the flow of the game and Fayetteville won the game 25-13 to claim the match.
The final match of the evening pitted the homestanding PikeView Panthers against the River View ladies.
River View took its first lead in any of its games 1-0 only to see PikeView go on an 11-5 run. At one point, with Cook serving, PikeView scored nine straight points to lead 22-9. The Panthers won the first game 25-10.
As in the first game of the match, River View scored first, and it remained close until PikeView went on a 7-1 run to take a 15-7 lead from which the Raiders never recovered. A 10-0 run ended the game for PikeView who took the 25-10 win.
River View coach Katie Larsen talked about distractions, including an injury to Kaitlyn Dobbs that affected the team’s play and mental preparedness in the Thursday evening matches.
“One of the girls’ parents brakes went out,” Larsen said. “Everyone was fine, but it was stressful.
“We’ve been doing well up to this point. We were 13-4 coming into these matches. The last time we played them (PikeView) we won 26-24, 28-26. We were just out of it mentally today. We were just frazzled out.”
PikeView with the two wins improved to 11-8 and Compton talked about what sparked his team to victories.
“Previously our passing wasn’t as good, getting the ball up to the center, in the attack area and I told them we needed to concentrate on that and they did a whole lot better job.
“I also told them they needed to keep the intensity up because when you’re down and you have the lulls, that’s the only thing that’s going to get you back up. They were really positive the whole night. In the second match our girls served really well. When we served the ball they were putting it right where they needed to.”
May had four aces, a block, six kills and three digs for the Panthers. Haleigh Compton tallied eight kills, two aces and two blocks. Lindsay Hatfield picked up five kills. Savanna Coalson had six kills and five aces, while Cook had five aces and 27 assists.
PikeView returns to action Saturday in the Coalfield Conference tournament at Liberty High School in Daniels.
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