Lady Cats fall to Covenant


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Hannan senior Mackenzie Barker, left, bumps a ball in the air in front of teammate Kassidee Bush during Game 3 of Thursday night’s non-conference volleyball match against Covenant Christian in Ashton, W.Va.


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ASHTON, W.Va. — Another loss in another loss.

The Hannan volleyball team suffered another injury-related setback while dropping its 11th consecutive match of the season Thursday night following a 25-21, 25-16, 25-19 loss to visiting Covenant Christian in a non-conference contest in Mason County.

The Lady Wildcats (0-11) suffered their fourth personal setback in the last 10 days as senior Taylor Scarbrough suffered a knee injury early in the match.

The hosts were already without regular starters and seniors Kelsey DeVries and Madison Staggs beforehand due to respective head and knee injuries earlier in the week, plus sophomore starter Pam Ochs was also out due to illness.

HHS led 4-1 early in the opening game with its decimated roster, but the Lady Eagles answered with five consecutive points to secure a 6-4 edge through two servers apiece.

The Lady Cats and CCS battled through six ties and seven lead changes en route to a 19-17 Hannan edge, but the guests responded with six straight points to secure a 23-19 cushion. Both teams traded points the rest of the way, allowing the Lady Eagles to secure a 1-0 match lead.

The hosts never led in Game 2 as Covenant stormed out to early leads of 7-3 and 19-13 before rolling to a nine-point win and a 2-0 match edge.

The Lady Eagles never trailed in Game 3, but there were five ties and six lead changes throughout the course of the finale.

CCS and Hannan were tied at two, three, six, 18 and lastly at 19-all, but the guests closed out Game 3 by scoring the final six points for the straight-game decision.

Given the circumstances, HHS coach Kellie Thomas was pleased with the effort from her remaining troops. She noted that it’s been rough over the last two weeks, but she is proud that her kids are still putting in a respectable effort.

“We don’t have an incredibly deep roster, so losing a fourth player tonight to an injury has made for some difficult times over the last few weeks,” Thomas said. “We have a few players that haven’t played a lot at this level on the floor, and they are still battling and not giving up. They are gaining a lot of experience and they are fighting through this learning process.

“Honestly, we played well tonight given what we have to work with right now. Hopefully we just keep improving on the court … and in health.”

Mackenzie Barker and Josie McCoy both led the Hannan service attack with six points apiece, followed by Hailey White with five points.

Kassidee Bush and Cassidy Duffer were next with four points each, while Scarbrough and Josie Cooper respectively closed things out with two points and one point.

Mackenzie Moir paced CCS with 17 service points, followed by Clara Jones and Karliegh Collins with eight points apiece.

Eden Bumgardner and Tori Blankenship were next with five and four points, respectively. Savannah Scarberry also had three points in the triumph.

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Hannan senior Mackenzie Barker, left, bumps a ball in the air in front of teammate Kassidee Bush during Game 3 of Thursday night’s non-conference volleyball match against Covenant Christian in Ashton, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_10.1-HAN-Barker.jpgHannan senior Mackenzie Barker, left, bumps a ball in the air in front of teammate Kassidee Bush during Game 3 of Thursday night’s non-conference volleyball match against Covenant Christian in Ashton, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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