By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The PikeView Panthers got off to a slow start, but came on strong as the match proceeded and downed the Summers County Bobcats 26-24 and 25-15 in the opening match of a three team match, Wednesday evening at PikeView High School.
Summers County rolled out to a 11-5 lead at which time PikeView coach Steve Compton called time and talked to his team.
“I told them Summers County did not come here to lose,” Compton said. “I said, ‘Y’all have to pick it up if you want to win the game,’ and they did.”
Slowly the Panthers worked their way back into the contest. Pulling to within four at 21-17, the Bobcats called time after PikeView had scored three unanswered. The Panthers continued their rally and tied the game at 22 at which time Summers County called another timeout.
PikeView came out of the TO and took its first lead at 23-22, then 24-22. Summers knotted things at 24 before the Panthers scored the final two points of the first game to win 26-24.
PikeView came out smoking in the second set, pulling ahead 6-0 with Hannah Cook nailing two aces. The visiting Bobcats clawed back, making it 9-5 before PikeView scored six unanswered to go ahead 15-5. With the score 18-9 Summers called time once more, then rallied for five straight points to close to within four at 18-14. PikeView closed out the game on a 7-1 run to take the 25-15 win and take the match two games to none.
“I think we kind of loosened up a little bit and settled in,” Compton said. “The JV started a little late so we sat around a lot longer than we wanted to. Hannah (Cook) is one of our better servers. She did a really good job and that’s what they needed to get going.”
Summers County squared off against James Monroe in the second match of the night and PikeView battle James Monroe in the finale. Results of those games were not available at press time.
PikeView is now 13-7-1 and hosts Greater Beckley Christian and Independence tonight in a tri-match beginning at p.m.