Wahama sweeps Lady Wildcats


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Wahama senior Emily Gerlach, middle, bumps a ball in the air during Game 2 of Wednesday night’s non-conference volleyball match against Hannan in Mason, W.Va.


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The Hannan duo of Kassidee Bush, left, and Hailey White both make a play on a free ball during Game 2 of Wednesday night's non-conference volleyball contest against Wahama in Mason, W.Va. (Bryan Walters/OVP Sports)


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Wahama senior Grace Hill, right, bumps a ball in the air during Game 3 of Wednesday night's non-conference volleyball contest against Hannan in Mason, W.Va. (Bryan Walters/OVP Sports)


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MASON, W.Va. — From winless to a winning streak.

The Wahama volleyball team celebrated Senior Night in grand fashion Wednesday night during a 25-9, 25-12, 25-17 victory over visiting Wahama in a non-conference matchup between Mason County programs.

The Lady Falcons (2-19) — fresh off their first victory last Thursday at HHS — earned their initial straight-game triumph of the year while also picking up their only home win in the 2016 regular season finale.

The hosts — who defeated the Lady Wildcats (0-20) by a 19-25, 25-13, 25-15, 25-17 margin less than a week ago — will also take a two-match winning streak into postseason play, which starts Monday at Ravenswood.

WHS seniors Emily Gerlach and Grace Hill also received a proper sendoff in their final home match as the duo was recognized after the victory.

Following such a near-flawless evening, Wahama coach Matt VanMeter was pleased that his upperclassmen — and his troops — were able to enjoy one last night at Gary Clark Court.

“We made a few mistakes and those are going to happen, but tonight we played the way we are capable of playing,” VanMeter said. “We were talking, we were moving and we were having fun, which is the way you want things to go in your final home game of the season.

“There are a lot of smiles in that locker room right now, from the seniors on down. It’s nice to see the girls be able to enjoy the last week after all of the adversity this season.”

Wahama never trailed in Game 1 as the hosts stormed out to early leads of 4-1 and 13-3, then made a 12-6 run the rest of the way to secure a 16-point win and a 1-0 match edge.

HHS never led in Game 2 as the Lady Falcons claimed early leads of 6-1 and 10-2, then the Red and White made a 15-10 run to secure 13-point win and a 2-0 match advantage.

Wahama never trailed in the finale and broke away from a two-all tie by using a 15-6 surge to claim a 17-8 lead. Hannan rallied with a 9-8 run the rest of the way, which led to an eight-point win and a straight-game triumph.

Maddy VanMatre led the WHS service attack with 11 points, followed by Gerlach and Hannah Billups with nine points apiece. Madison VanMeter also had seven service points.

Hill was next with four points, while Gracie VanMatre and Elizabeth Mullins with respective efforts of three and two points. Makinley Bumgarner also had one service points for the victors.

Josie McCoy led Hannan with five service points, followed by Cassidy Duffer with three points and Pam Ochs with one point.

Wahama opens up the Class A postseason on Monday night when it plays the winner of the Ravenswood/Calhoun County contest at 6 p.m. in Ravenswood.

Hannan begins Class A tournament play on Monday at Buffalo High School against a yet to be determined opponent.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Wahama senior Emily Gerlach, middle, bumps a ball in the air during Game 2 of Wednesday night’s non-conference volleyball match against Hannan in Mason, W.Va.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2016/10/web1_10.28-WAH-Gerlach.jpgWahama senior Emily Gerlach, middle, bumps a ball in the air during Game 2 of Wednesday night’s non-conference volleyball match against Hannan in Mason, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

The Hannan duo of Kassidee Bush, left, and Hailey White both make a play on a free ball during Game 2 of Wednesday night’s non-conference volleyball contest against Wahama in Mason, W.Va. (Bryan Walters/OVP Sports)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2016/10/web1_10.28-HAN-Bush-White.jpgThe Hannan duo of Kassidee Bush, left, and Hailey White both make a play on a free ball during Game 2 of Wednesday night’s non-conference volleyball contest against Wahama in Mason, W.Va. (Bryan Walters/OVP Sports)Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

Wahama senior Grace Hill, right, bumps a ball in the air during Game 3 of Wednesday night’s non-conference volleyball contest against Hannan in Mason, W.Va. (Bryan Walters/OVP Sports)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2016/10/web1_10.28-WAH-Hill.jpgWahama senior Grace Hill, right, bumps a ball in the air during Game 3 of Wednesday night’s non-conference volleyball contest against Hannan in Mason, W.Va. (Bryan Walters/OVP Sports)Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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