POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — For the second time in 24 hours, the Point Pleasant volleyball team captured a straight-game decision over Poca following a 25-9, 27-25, 25-19 victory Wednesday night during a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The host Lady Knights — who defeated the Lady Dots on Tuesday by a 25-23, 25-13 margin in Poca — evened their record to 9-9 overall this fall, the first time all season that PPHS has been at the .500 mark. The triumph also allowed the Lady Knights to triple their win output from just a year ago under first-year mentor Amy Shriver.
PPHS never trailed in Game 1 and broke an eight-all tie with a 17-1 run the rest of the way to take an early 1-0 match edge. Point Pleasant twice trailed by seven points (18-11 and 21-14) in Game 2, but rallied back from those deficits with a 10-3 run to knot things up at 24-all.
Both Point and the Lady Dots exchanged leads and were facing game points, but the hosts rallied for the final two points in the game to claim a 27-25 win and a 2-0 match advantage.
There were seven ties and eight lead changes in the finale, which led to an 18-all tie in Game 3. The Lady Knights won seven of the final eight points to wrap up the match and the season sweep.
Megan Bates led the service attack with 15 points, which included 13 straight points to end the opening game. Brooke Entingh was next with 12 points, followed by Hannah Smith with 11 points.
Kaci Riffle and Megan Davis both added six points apiece, while Charlie Leach rounded things out with two points. Entingh had a team-best 12 aces, followed by Smith with six aces and Davis with three aces.
Riffle led the net attack with five kills, followed by Leach, Davis and Bates with four kills apiece. Makennah Lewis added three kills to the winning cause, while Peyton Hatfield chipped in one kill. Riffle added a team-high two blocks and Bates also had one block.
Davis and Bates both led the defense with five digs each, while Lewis, Smith and Karissa Cochran contributed four digs apiece. Riffle added three digs, while Leach, Beth Porter and Rebecca Musgrave had two digs apiece.
Leach and Entingh led the passing game with five assists each. Bates added three assists, Lewis had two assists and Riffle rounded things out with one assist.