POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Visiting Wahama put up a courageous fight, but the Point Pleasant volleyball team eventually won the later battles Monday night en route to a 25-27, 25-21, 25-14, 27-25 victory in a non-conference matchup of Mason County programs.
With the triumph, the host Lady Knights (6-14) improved their Mason County record to a perfect 4-0 this season. PPHS swept Hannan in a pair of straight-game decisions and also defeated the Lady Falcons (8-14) last week in straight games at WHS.
Early on, however, Wahama showed that it had come to play — as the guests battled with PPHS through nine ties and 10 lead changes in Game 1.
The Lady Falcons claimed their biggest lead at 12-9, but the Lady Knights rallied to knot things up at 17 before taking their biggest advantage of Game 1 at 23-18. Wahama scored seven of the next nine points to knot things up at 25-all, then reeled off two straight points for a narrow two-point decision.
Point Pleasant never trailed in Game 2, as the hosts broke out to an early 13-7 cushion — their largest lead of the contest. Wahama rallied back to knot things up 15-all, but Point closed Game 2 with a 10-6 run to tie the match at one apiece.
The Lady Knights also never trailed in Game 3, jumping out to early leads of 6-0 and 10-2. The Lady Falcons whittled their deficit down to 14-8, but the hosts countered with a 9-3 surge for their biggest lead of the game at 23-11. Wahama won three of the last five points, but ultimately fell 25-14 for a 2-1 PPHS match lead.
There were five ties and six lead changes in the finale, as Point Pleasant jumped out to an early 13-6 advantage. Wahama battled back to tie things at 16 before taking its biggest lead at 23-18.
PPHS rallied with a 6-1 run to knot things up at 24, then won three of the final four points to wrap up the minimal two-point decision and a 3-1 match victory.
Charli Leach led the Point Pleasant service attack with 14 points, followed by Michaela Cottrill and Beth Porter with 10 points apiece. Megan Bates was next with eight points, while Megan Hammond and Cammy Hesson respectively chipped in six and four points. Karissa Cochran also had two points for the victors.
Leach led the hosts with seven aces, followed by Cottrill with six and Bates with three. Porter and Hammond also contributed two aces and one ace to the winning cause, respectively.
Bates led the net attack with 13 kills, followed by Porter with five kills and Hammond with four kills. Becca Musgrave was next with three kills, while Leach and Brooke Entingh chipped in two kills each. Cottrill also had one kill for Point Pleasant.
Leach led the hosts with 14 assists, while Entingh added 10 assists. Cochran made a team-best 25 digs, followed by Cottrill with 13 and Hesson with 10 digs.
Bunni Peters paced Wahama with 11 service points, followed by Emily Casto with nine points and Kylie Oliver with seven points. Cynthia Hendrick was next with five service points, while Olivia Hill and Sierra Carmichael respectively chipped in four and two points.