Volleyball notebook: 3 region runners-up get past first round
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three teams that were in the state volleyball tournament as regional runners-up advanced past the quarterfinal round on the tournament's first day.
In Class A, Region 1 runner-up Magnolia defeated Region 3 champion Sherman. In Class AA, Region 1 runner-up Ritchie County beat Region 3 champion Pikeview and Philip Barbour, runner-up in Region 2, beat Region 4 champion Herbert Hoover.
Other than that it was all chalk in the quarterfinals with all four regional champions advancing to the semifinal round in Class AAA.
While there are no oceans in the vicinity of the Charleston Civic Center, the Tide came in Friday.
Sherman students and fans filled section 141 and most of 143 to watch the Tide's Class A quarterfinal match against Magnolia.
The Tide fans were easily the loudest of the tournament's first day, but the Magnolia fans, who were also here in large numbers and loud, got the last laugh when their Blue Eagles defeated Sherman 25-23, 25-14, 25-17.
Oak Glen stands alone as the only team with a chance to repeat as state champions. Last year's Class A champion, Wirt County, did not qualify for the tournament and the defending Class AAA champion, Spring Valley, lost to George Washington in Friday's semifinal round.
The Golden Bears have won four volleyball state championships in program history - 2011, 2008 in Class AA and back-to-back in 1997 and 1998 in Class AA-A.
Their opponent in today's title match, Ritchie County, will be looking for its second state championship. The Rebels beat Frankfort for the 2009 championship.
Oak Glen and Ritchie County have met in the state championship game before. The Golden Bears beat the Rebels for the title in 1997.
Williamstown and Tyler Consolidated will play for the Class A state championship.
The Yellow Jackets got there by beating Pendleton County in the quarterfinals and Magnolia in the semifinals. The Silver Knights had to go through Fayetteville and East Hardy to set up the match against Williamstown.
Tyler Consolidated has won one state championship in program history (2007 in Class AA) while Williamstown, last year's runner-up, also has one state crown (2004).
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