ONA — Each time Hurricane moved near the lead, Anna Umpleby despatched the Redskins tumbling again down.
Umpleby, Parkersburg’s senior exterior hitter, delivered smash after smash for factors to raise the Massive Reds (19-8) to a 25-11, 25-19, 25-17 victory over scrappy Hurricane (12-12) within the Class AAA, Area IV volleyball championship recreation Saturday afternoon at Cabell Midland Excessive College.
Parkersburg swept Huntington Excessive 25-20, 25-13, 25-15 within the semifinals, during which the Redskins defeated Cabell Midland 25-18, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23.
The Massive Reds and Redskins each certified for the state event Thursday by means of Saturday in Charleston.
“You by no means know,” Massive Reds coach Erin Thorpe mentioned of whether or not she anticipated her staff to win the area title. “The previous couple of video games, we’ve been scorching, however we had a big damage with one in every of our seniors final week and we’ve needed to make a whole lineup change. Our ladies have dealt with it properly. They’ve gone above and past.”
Hurricane, a staff with just one senior, raced to a 3-0 lead within the first set of the championship match.
The Massive Reds, although, scored the following seven factors as a part of an 18-3 run on their solution to successful it.
The Redskins additionally led the second set, however Parkersburg used Umpleby’s prowess from the skin to go on a 12-3 run to take what gave the impression to be a snug lead. Hurricane, although, stormed again inside 13-11 earlier than the Massive Reds used a 4-0 streak to tug away.
Hurricane led early within the third set, as properly, however an identical story unfolded. Umpleby scored back-to-back factors to offer the Massive Reds a 9-7 lead solely to see Redskins’ twins Grace and Maggie Dickerson mix for 3 factors to offer Hurricane a 10-9 lead. Parkersburg tied it 10-10 earlier than Khylan Crops scored to spark a 7-0 run and provides the Massive Reds a lead they by no means relinquished.
“Hurricane has an awesome younger staff,” Thorpe mentioned.
“They solely have one senior and earlier within the yr they gave us a troublesome recreation. They’ve solely gotten higher.”
With Wooden County in orange, that means groups can’t play or apply, on the state’s COVID-19 map, Thorpe mentioned she’s unsure whether or not her squad performed its final recreation of the season.
She mentioned she definitely hopes not.
“Who is aware of about how whether or not we’ll get to play,” Thorpe mentioned. “I’m definitely going to be preventing and doing the whole lot I can to see that we get to.”
Putnam County is also in orange, endangering Hurricane’s possibilities of taking part in within the state event for the primary time since 2017.
“It’ll be actually thrilling if we get to play,” Redskins coach Allie Douglas mentioned. “We’re a younger staff and Parkersburg is all the time robust for us, however we’d prefer to proceed to play.”
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