CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There was no stopping the freight train that was Williamstown on Saturday afternoon.
The Yellowjackets blew past Tyler Consolidated 25-20, 25-21 and 25-15 to claim the Class A championship in the state high school volleyball tournament at the Civic Center.
Williamstown (39-8-1) ended a long line of frustration after finishing runner-up in last year's finals to Wirt County. The only other title for the Yellowjackets came in 2004 and they have taken second in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
"I think last year was a great experience for us,'' said Williamstown senior Brooke Cieslewski. "There [are] seven seniors and we all wanted it so bad.
"This is our last chance so we all pulled together. The step up from the younger girls was just incredible.''
Yellowjacket seniors Cieslewski, Kenzie Smith, Lincoln Postlewaite, Ciara Flowers, Lauren Amos, Jessie Kerns and Carley Ellison were nearly flawless.
Cieslewski finished with 25 digs while Smith added four points, 12 assists, five kills, four blocks and one ace, Flowers had seven points, five kills, eight blocks and two aces and Kerns finished with eight points, 15 assists and two aces. Cieslewksi, Postlewaite, Smith and Ellison earned all-tournament honors.
"It's very hard to beat seven seniors,'' said Tyler Consolidated coach Kent Yoho. "That's a whole rotation and a sub. They're more experienced and stronger.''
Tyler Consolidated (45-5) won its last state title in 2007 in AA.
"I told our girls we can't play any better than we did today,'' Yoho said. "Williamstown is on a mission. They've been after this for a year.
"They played fantastic. We hit the ball and did everything we needed to do and [the ball] just kept coming back. The way Williamstown played, they'd give people nightmares in double-A and I watched triple-A and don't think for a second they wouldn't have given somebody a run there, too.''
Tyler Consolidated senior Allison Wable turned in seven points, five kills, eight blocks and one ace while senior Shay Yonaley pitched in seven points, 14 digs and one ace and senior Torrye Cline had 11 assists and 17 digs. Wable, Cline and Yonaley were all-tournament picks.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.