The Tyler Consolidated High School volleyball team celebrated Senior Night in fine fashion on Oct. 17 by going 2-1 against a strong slate of opponents. The Silver and Black started off the evening by taking revenge against a powerful John Marshall squad, who had defeated the Silver and Black earlier in the season. It took only two sets to give Tyler Consolidated the victory, as they defeated the Monarchs by scores of 25-9, 25-23.
During the break between matches, the teams and coaches honored their four seniors, who were playing their last regular-season matches on their home floor. Seniors Megan Carpenter, Hillary Casteel, Carly Fletcher, and Sydney Reed were feted with hugs, gifts and tributes; it was noted that these four seniors had amassed a record of 130-28 up to that point in their volleyball careers.
The next match saw the Silver and Black defeating Ritchie County in a hard-fought, back-and-forth match by scores of 25-13, 22-25, 25-21. However, the Philip Barbour Colts were too much for the Silver Knights, as they defeated the Black and Silver in straight sets 25-20, 25-23.
Tyler Consolidated Lady Knight senior volleyball players were recognized for their service to the team and volleyball program last week in between matches. The four seniors are pictured above with their parents: Sydney Reed, Megan Carpenter, Hillary Casteel and Carly Fletcher.
The seniors all put on strong performances as Sydney Reed led the front row with a total of 25 kills, two blocks, seven points; Megan Carpenter had 18 kills, 10 blocks, 26 points; Hillary Casteel had 46 defensive digs and 11 points; and Carly Fletcher had 29 digs. The Knights also had great support from their underclassmen as Kerstyn Cline had 62 assists, 21 digs, and 10 points; Bridget Matthews earned 23 kills and six blocks, while Sydney Yoho had four kills, five assists, and three blocks.
"When a freshman class enters, you hope that they will contribute to the program and become leaders,"said head coach of the Lady Knight volleyball team, Richard Summers.
"That hope was fulfilled with these four girls. They helped take our program to a higher level and have been exemplary both on and off the court. More important than the fact they have accrued a record of 131-32 is the fact that they will become very successful in life. I contribute this year's success to these four girls. In union, there is strength, and they have done a lot to make sure we stay strong."
"They have given us many great memories and I look forward to staying in contact with them as they continue their journeys through life."
On Oct. 19 at the Fall Brawl in Parkersburg the Knight volleyball team had a full day of competition coming away with one win and a boat load of experience.
The Knights were defeated by Parkersburg, 25-12 and 25-20.
Statistics for the Silver and Black in the contest had senior Megan Carpenter scoring six points (one ace), pounding two kills, having three blocks and four digs; Sydney Reed scored four points, had two kills and a block; Sydney Yoho, one kill; Bridget Matthews, one kill, one block; Hillary Casteel, five points, four digs; Carly Fletcher, four digs; Madison, Wet, one point, two digs; Abbie Fletcher, one kill; and Kerstyn Cline, five assists, three digs.
The Lady Golden Bears of Oak Glen also handed Consolidated the defeat in two, 25-15 and 25-19.
Carpenter scored three points (one ace) in the contest. She also had two kills, five blocks and three digs; Reed, three points (one ace), three kill, four blocks and two digs.
Matthews had five kills, two blocks; Hillary Casteel, two points, two digs; Ariel Fish, one point, two kills, three digs; Fletcher, four digs; Hannah Casteel, two digs; West, five points, one dig; A. Fletcher, one kill; Cline, two points, seven assists and seven digs.
Tyler Consolidated defeated the Lady Rebels of Ritchie County, 26-24 and 25-23.
The Lady Knights were led by Carpenter with five points (one ace), five kills, four blocks and six digs; Reed had three points (two aces), nine kills and two blocks.
Yoho was credited with two assists, to kills and two blocks; Matthews had six kills, two blocks; Hillary Casteel, three points (one ace), eight digs; Fish, one point, five kills, one block and 10 digs; Carly Fletcher, four digs; West, six points, 10 digs; Cline, six points, two aces, 23 assists and five digs.
The Lady Knights will participate at the LKC Tournament on Saturday and hit travel to RC Byrd on Oct. 28.