By Kyle Lovern
November 8, 2013
CHAPMANVILLE - For the second time in the school’s three year history, Mingo Central’s volleyball team captured the Region IV, Section 2 title on Wednesday night in the Class AA sectional championship game held at Chapmanville High School.
The Lady Miners defeated the Pioneers of Wayne High School in a hard fought match that lasted five sets. The Pioneers had advanced to the championship game out of the loser’s bracket in the double elimination tournament, but the Lady Miners, undefeated in sectional play, held off their opponents to capture the title in one match.
The two teams traded sets from the beginning of the match to the end, with the Lady Miners earning the win in the fifth and final set: 25-17, 19-25, 24-26, 25-22, and 15-7.
Sophomore Ashley Curry finished the tournament with another great game at the net, accounting for 11 total kills. Sophomore Hannah Church added 6, junior Kiearia Hammond 5, senior Kristyn Johnson 4, sophomore Stacy Cisco 2, and junior Brandi Cisco 1. Curry also lead the Miners’ attacking game with 4, while Church, B. Cisco and Johnson contributed one apiece. Church and S. Cisco stopped four of the Pioneers’ potential kills with 3 and 1 respective blocks. Throughout the three night tournament, Mingo Central’s service game played a crucial role in their wins, and Wednesday night’s performance was no exception. Hammond delivered 6 unreturned serves in the championship match, Church 5, B. Cisco 4, S. Cisco 4, and Curry and Johnson served one ace apiece.
The Lady Miners will take on Sissonville High School in the first round of regional tournament action at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, November 9th, at Nicholas County High School.