By TOM BONE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
After a long season in the gym, the PikeView Panthers volleyball team had some fun on Monday evening.
On senior night at the PVHS gymnasium, the Panthers took care of business, beating Summers County 25-10, 18-25, 25-13, 25-7.
But in their last regular-season game on their home court, and taking on an inexperienced Bobcats team, the seniors got to break out of their normal roles and play most of the match “out of position.”
Those efforts put a smile on the face of PikeView coach Steve Compton, for a couple of reasons.
“They had no problem playing positions they don’t normally play, which made me feel good,” he said. “Just the seniors getting to play the whole time, it was just a relief to watch them have such a good time.”
The quintet of seniors — Hannah Cook, Samantha Meadows, Alexis May, Savanah Runion and Kristen Worrell — were presented flowers in a pregame ceremony, then started to rack up statistics.
When it was over, Cook had 20 assists, four kills and a pair of aces. Meadows had nine aces for the night. May had seven kills and three blocks. Runion had four kills, one ace and an assist.
Worrell had four aces and four kills. Compton said, “She’s usually our libero, so that was real good.”
Haleigh Compton had eight kills for PikeView, and Savanna Coalson had two aces, one kill and six assists.
The Panthers (25-14-2) breezed through the first game, but the visitors led most of the second and evened the match 1-1.
In the third game, PikeView took leads of 7-0 and 11-1, only to have Summers County record 10 straight points, mostly while senior Brittany Bonds was serving, to tie the encounter 11-11.
Meadows served the last eight service points of that game, and the first six of the fourth and final game, in a dominant outing. The Bobcats never got closer than four points after PikeView’s quick 6-0 lead.
Summers County assistant coach Jolysa Brown said, “We had a little bit more energy than we usually do, there for a few games.”
“We still have a long way to go,” Brown said. “We’re a young team. ... We’re just trying to get the maturity level up, to play hard every game, and to care, every single set, every single ball.”
She said that Bobcats head coach Kelsey Brewer was not present due to illness.
The Bobcats have one more regular-season match on Thursday at Greenbrier East.
Sectional tournament play takes place next Monday and Tuesday in the PikeView gym, where the Panthers and Bobcats could meet again.
— Contact Tom Bone at email@example.com