Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 11, 2013

Twin Valley, Honaker volleyball seasons done

PILGRIM'S KNOB, Va. — When Rye Cove needs a play Destiny Gibson is usually there to make it.

Gibson helped the Eagles hold off a mid-match challenge from Twin Valley and eliminate the Panthers from the Region 1A West tournament with a 3-1 win Monday night.

Despite a series of unforced errors Rye Cove (20-7) won the first two sets, 25-16 and 25-15. The Eagles dropped the third set, 25-27 and overcame an early deficit to win the fourth game 25-17 to advance to semifinal play Wednesday night at Virginia High.

“I don’t think we did anything well tonight,” Rye Cove coach Greg Gilliam said. “I’ll be frank, we missed more serves than we have all year, in 26 previous matches.

“We made more kill errors than we have all year, in 26 previous matches. I bet we made more inaccurate passes than we have all year.”

Gibson took charge at the net and had several key hits throughout the match and joined freshman Callie Carter in coming up with kills in a key 9-0 run that gave Rye Cove the lead for good, 17-12, in the fourth set.

"Gibson made some plays,” Gilliam added. “We finally had someone step up and make some plays there at the end, enough to at least pull off the win. When we need plays (Gibson) usually comes up with them for us.

“But give (Twin Valley) credit. They got better as the match went on and we kind of got worse. They had a couple of good serves and played good defense before we finally got something going.”

Gibson delivered a match-high 18 kills, most of them set up by fellow senior Kristin Sanders, who had 37 assists.

After getting a lead just once, at 1-0, through the first two sets, Twin Valley (17-7) rallied behind Alexis Ramsey in set number three. Ramsey opened the set with four straight aces and notched seven of her 13 kills in helping the Panthers get within 2-1.

Ramsey, Alexis Vance, Hannah O’Quinn and Kara Goodman made plays to give the Panthers a 12-9 lead before Rye Cove roared back in the final set.

“We played a little bit better and they kind of got relaxed there in the third set,” Twin Valley coach Rick Goodman said. “At least we made it interesting.”

O’Quinn led Twin Valley with 10 service points and Goodman added nine. Lakin Keene led the Panthers with 15 assists.

*****

Eastside 3, Honaker 0

The Lady Tigers season ended with a 20-25, 14-25, 12-25 loss to Eastside in the opening round of the 1A-West Volleyball tournament on Monday.

Laura Hess (seven kills), Madison Vandyke (five kills) and Ashton Goodie (four kills) were the leaders up front for Honaker (20-11). Marissa Hughes (12 digs) and Montanna Compton (10 digs) led the Lady Tiger defense.

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