ST. ALBANS, W.Va. — The Lady Knights’ final game of the regular season yielded mixed results.
The Point Pleasant volleyball team fell to host St. Albans 2-1 on Thursday night in Kanawha County. The Lady Knights (7-18) started the match with a victory, but the Lady Red Dragons took consecutive games to win the match.
The Lady Knights led early in the first set, but the home team took control and went up 15-8. Charli Leach’s three consecutive service points got the Point offense back on track. Late in the game, Cierra Porter got the Lady Knights within one point of St. Albans. After tying the game at 26, Leah Coachran’s two service points gave the vistitors a 28-26 win in Game 1.
The Lady Red Dragons adjusted before Game 2 and it didn’t take long to show. Point Pleasant started out the set with the lead, but St. Albans offense soon took control and didn’t let up. The Lady Red Dragons didn’t let the Lady Knights have many offensive possessions during the second game. St. Albans dominated the set and it took it 25-6.
Both teams traded the lead throughout the third set. Charli Leach got the Lady Knights off to a 2-1 lead. After St. Albans pulled out to a 6-4 lead, Freeman helped Point tie the game at six. Cottrill and Cierra Porter gave the Lady Knights 12-10 lead. Leach and Cochran added a few points to put the visitors up 16-12. The Lady Red Dragons flew past Point Pleasant and took the final game 25-19.
“I tell my girls all the time it comes down to who wants it more,” Point Pleasant coach Marla Cottrill said. “I think my girls are there. We’re looking forward to sectionals, but I’m excited about next year and what’s going to happen. I got a great group of girls and we’re going to work hard.”
Leach and Cochran led the Lady Knights with seven service points. Cottrill had four points, while Porter had three points and Freeman had two points for Point Pleasant.
The Lady Knights will begin sectional tournament play at Winfield on Tuesday. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106