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Philip Barbour advances to 10th straight state tourney

November 7, 2011
By Jesse Skiles Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

FORT ASHBY - Philip Barbour captured the Class AA Region 2 volleyball title on Saturday night with a victory over Frankfort.

Coach Heather Halfin's Colts now advance to this week's state tournament at the Charleston Civic Center. First round action begins for all classes on Friday at Philip Barbour faces Greenbrier West at 8:30 a.m. in its opener.

It's the 10th consecutive appearance in the tourney for the Colts during Halfin's historic 11-year tenure.

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Frankfort also advanced to state competition.

Philip Barbour won the first two games, 25-19 and 25-16, but Frankfort came off the mat to dominate most of game three and held a 24-15 lead at game point. However, the Colts materialized a comeback for the ages, rattling off nine consecutive points on the serve of Lauren Rogers, tying the game at 24-24 to send the game into extra time. Neither team would give in and the game extended into the 30s. Finally, the Colts managed to make the plays to pull out an epic 35-33 decision to close the match.

"That was the best comeback I have ever been a part of here," Halfin said. "Playing this well against a quality opponent and in this type of atmosphere, it is exactly what we needed to prepare us for next week at states."

Rogers not only led with 20 service points, but also matched teammate Brooke DePoy with 27 digs. Nikki Shriver produced a line of 25 kills and ten blocks, with Morgan Stemler and Katie Mahoney leading the sets with 21 and 12 assists respectively.

Philip Barbour enters the state tournament with an overall mark of 33-12-3.

In the first game on Saturday, Philip Barbour rolled to a convincing three-game victory over Berkeley Springs in the first match of 2 tournament action.

Moving to settle the issue early, Philip Barbour sprinted to a quick 25-10 win in game one, and followed that by holding off a strong Berkeley Springs charge in game two to win 25-19. With the match in control, the Colts dominated the closing game, 25-5.

Shriver delivered 13 kills and Rogers seven in the win. Stemler had 17 assists, and Mahoney 12, with DePoy leading in serves with 20 service points. Dannielle McDowell added eight.

Frankfort won the other regional semifinal, defeating Clay County in four games. setting up the final between the Colts and the host Falcons.



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