Parkersburg - Makenna Gibson’s kill from a Lauren Somerville assist sealed match point for host Parkersburg South against Warren here Wednesday evening inside Rod Oldham Athletic Center as the Patriots opened their campaign with a triangular split.
In the opener, head coach Becky Bennett’s Patriots, who play at 5:30 p.m. today at John Marshall, were swept by Morgantown — 25-13 and 25-22.
Warren head coach Michelle Tyo’s squad then managed to knock off the Mohigans 25-23 and 26-24 before falling to the Patriots in straight sets — 29-27 and 25-15.
“The girls had a conversation in the locker room without us coaches after the Morgantown match,” admitted Bennett. “Obviously, what they said resonated with the girls, which is great. I want that to be a leadership thing and there’s nothing wrong with that.
“They came out and were a totally different team. The second game against Morgantown was a lot better, but we just couldn’t put it away and our mindset wasn’t right. Now, it’s just looking for that consistency.”
PSHS opted to start sophomore junior varsity member Jada Baker against the Warriors. After Patriot libero Kylee McCorkle made a dig on a smash by Warrior Abby Gilliand, who had a total of 13 kills in the tri, it was Baker who registered the downed spike to get things going.