PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A fitting end.
The Point Pleasant volleyball team capped a historic regular season in impressive fashion Thursday night following a 27-25, 25-21, 25-16 victory over host Parkersburg Catholic in a non-conference matchup in Wood County.
The Lady Knights (18-3) completed the program’s best-ever regular season finish with their sixth consecutive win, all of which have come in a straight-game fashion.
Early on, however, the Lady Crusaders (4-12) proved to be quite a formidable foe as Game 1 featured 19 ties and six lead changes — and neither team led by more than four points.
PCHS — which has now dropped five straight decisions — led by a single point all the way out to a nine-all tie, but the guests took their first lead at 10-9.
The Lady Crusaders rallied to build a pair of four-point leads at 19-15 and 20-16, but the Red and Black survived a game point with two straight points for a 25-24 edge.
The hosts tied things again at 25-all, but the Lady Knights came up with the final two points to secure the minimal triumph and a 1-0 match lead.
Point Pleasant never trailed by more than a single point the rest of the way, though things were never easy over the final two sets.
There were seven ties and three lead changes in Game 2, with PPHS establishing its largest lead of the game at 18-10. The Lady Crusaders rallied with eight straight points to tie the game, but the guests eventually broke away from a 20-all tie with five of the final six points for a four-point win and a 2-0 match cushion.
Parkersburg Catholic built a 2-1 lead in the finale, but the Lady Knights answered with five consecutive points and led by as many as 10 points (23-13) en route to the nine-point victory.
Point Pleasant collectively produced 31 kills for a third consecutive match this week, with six different players contributing multiple successful spikes. The Red and Black also claimed a season sweep of PCHS after earning a 3-0 decision in Mason County back on Sept. 7.
Peyton Jordan led the PPHS net attack with 12 points and three aces, followed by Madison Hatfield with 10 kills and three aces. Olivia Dotson was next with six points, while Brenna Dotson and Gracie Cottrill respectively added five and four points to the winning cause.
Brenna Dotson led the net attack with 11 kills and five blocks, followed by Lanea Cochran with eight kills and Olivia Dotson with five kills to go along with a team-best 16 assists.
Tristan Wilson was next with three kills, while Hatfield and Cottrill each had two kills. Jordan also produced a team-high 24 digs in the triumph.
Maria Tallman paced PCHS with nine service points and Madison Ross added five points.
Point Pleasant will host the Class AA Region IV, Section 1 tournament next week and opens postseason play at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Nitro.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.