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B-U, Elkins capture conference victories

September 14, 2012
By Jesse Skiles Sports Correspondent and Andrew Davis Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

BUCKHANNON - Buckhannon-Upshur's volleyball team continued its strong early-season play Thursday night, defeating Fairmont Senior in three games.

Despite some sporadic play, the Lady Bucs won convincingly. They handled set one 25-17, outlasted the Lady Polar Bears in set two 25-22, and then powered their way to a strong closing 25-13 set.

"It was still pretty sloppy at times," B-U coach Sheena Westfall conceded. "Physically, we have the talent to make plays and you can see that at times. But mentally, we are still having breakdowns."

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Ferguson
Buckhannon-Upshur’s Mackenzie Leigh, right, goes up for a spike in front of Fairmont Senior player Thursday night in the Lady Bucs’ win.

Sydney Bush led the Lady Bucs at the net, delivering 11 kills. McKenzie Leigh followed with nine kills and Leah Blend had seven. Leigh and Blend led with two blocks apiece, while setter Lindsey Wagoner produced 21 assists.

Defensively, Wagoner and Brianna Polk had four digs each. Courtney Reed led with seven service points.

"Sydney Bush stepped up tonight and was a good leader when we needed her," Westfall said. "We simply need to get better at shaking it off when we have a mistake and comeback strong for the next point."

B-U (9-1-1 ) will travel to East Fairmont on Tuesday.

Elkins 3,

East Fairmont 1

Elkins defeated East Fairmont in four games Thursday night in Big 10 Conference action at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

The Lady Tigers (2-3) won by the scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-15 and 25-6.

Delaney Johnson had one solo block, nine kills and 27 hits for EHS.

Kaitlyn Miller added three blocks, six kills and 14 hits for the winners.

Ashley Simmons followed with one block, one kill and 19 hits, while Amiah Price chipped in with two kills and 12 hits for the Lady Tigers.

Contrara Huffman had four hits and 30 sets, while Taylor Miller chipped in with 18 sets and six hits for Elkins.

The Lady Tigers (1-3) won the junior varsity contest 25-21, 25-20.

"We finally got everyone back healthy which is nice," Elkins coach Penny Crawford said. "We are finally playing as a team, so hopefully that will continue."

Elkins will entertain Hampshire Tuesday for a non-conference contest.

matchup starting at 7 p.m.



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