POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — After a pair of low fives, the Lady Knights finally enjoyed a high five.
The Point Pleasant volleyball team improved to 1-2 in five-game matches this season by rallying back from a 2-1 deficit Thursday night for a thrilling 25-20, 17-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-12 victory over visiting Huntington in a non-conference match in Mason County.
The Lady Knights (6-2) finally had a little luck in matches that went the full distance, but the hosts didn’t appear to have much luck on their side as they headed into an all-important fourth game down two games to one.
PPHS, however, strung together a wire-to-wire victory while twice leading by nine points in Game 4, which ultimately led to a seven-point win that forced a pivotal fifth game.
The Lady Highlanders (2-12) jumped out to a 7-3 advantage in the race to 15, but the Red and Black answered with six straight points while securing a permanent lead of 9-7.
HHS continued to cut the deficit down to a single point at 9-8, 11-10, 12-11 and lastly at 13-12, but Point Pleasant came away with the final two points of the contest — allowing the hosts to finally win a five-game decision.
Afterwards, PPHS coach Marla Cottrill was ecstastic that her girls were able to exercise a bit of a demon — especially facing a 2-1 deficit against one of the larger AAA programs in the state.
“We told the kids going into the final game that this is our third match that’s gone five games, and we have yet to win one of them. We told them that the third time was going to be a charm … and it was,” Cottrill said. “This one came down to who wanted it more and who was willing to fight harder for the victory. The girls really responded and proved how much they wanted this one against a program like Huntington, and that’s what I’m most proud of.”
Point Pleasant led wire-to-wire in Game 1 as they led by as many as nine points on three different occasions before claiming a five-point win and a 1-0 match lead.
Both teams battled through six ties and seven lead changes in Game 2, but the Lady Highlanders broke away from a 14-all tie by scoring 11 of the final 14 points before tying the match at one with an eight-point triumph.
Huntington never trailed in Game 3 and led by as many as nine points (23-14) before rolling on to a three-point win and a 2-1 match advantage.
Olivia Dotson led the PPHS service attack with 15 points and Lanea Cochran was next with 11 points, with 10 of those coming during that pivotal fourth game.
Michaela Cottrill and Gracie Cottrill were next with 10 points apiece, while Peyton Jordan and Brenna Dotson respectively added nine and three points.
Brenna Dotson led the net attack with nine kills, followed by Gracie Cottrill and Olivia Dotson with seven kills apiece. Cochran also added five kills and a team-best three blocks in the triumph.
Michaela Cottrill and Luiza Da Costa also had two kills apiece for the hosts.
Abigail Jessup paced the HHS service attack with 19 points, followed by by Kierra Crawford with 10 points and Macie Motley with nine points. Sarah Williams and Lindsey Conkle respectively chipped in seven and six points, while Erica Foley also added three points.
Point Pleasant — which has now won two straight matches — returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Winfield for a non-conference match at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.