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Bears’ quest for state title begins with sectional championship win

November 2, 2012
Salem News

NEW MANCHESTER - The Golden Bears dominated the action on the court.

The Oak Glen volleyball team made quick work of Fairmont Senior and Hancock County-rival Weir en route to capturing the West Virginia Class AA Region 1 Section 1 Tournament title Thursday night at Oak Glen.

The Golden Bears outscored their opposition 150-60 on the night.

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Oak Glen's Vanessa Hissam bumps the ball on Thursday against Weir. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)

Oak Glen defeated Fairmont Senior, 25-3, 25-11, 25-3, and Oak Glen defeated Weir, 25-18, 25-11, 25-14. The Golden Bears are now 5-0 on the season against the Red Riders. Oak Glen has won all 12 games the two rivals have played so far this season.

All told, Oak Glen spent less than an hour-and-a-half on the court en route to winning six-straight games and two-straight matches.

With the two wins, the Golden Bears are now 35-6 on the season. Oak Glen will now play in the Region 1 Tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday down at East Fairmont High School. The Red Riders also qualified for the regional tournament.

"It was a good night," veteran Oak Glen head coach Ethel Riser said. "I would have liked to have had it a little tougher against Weir, but I guess we didn't have to be."

Oak Glen was the top seed in the tournament. Weir was the No. 2 seed. East Fairmont was seeded third. Fairmont Senior was the No. 4 seed. North Marion was seeded fifth.

The Golden Bears are 9-0 in matches against teams from their section.

The Golden Bears dispatched the Polar Bears in less than 40 minutes of time on the court. Fairmont Senior was never able to really get anything going against Oak Glen.

For the Golden Bears, Sydney Kell collected 30 points, five aces, 45 sets, 17 assists and one spike, Lacee Porter recorded 14 points, four aces, four spikes nine kills and one block and Morgan Poling produced one point, three spikes, nine kills and one block.

Also, Kaityln Smith tallied nine points, one ace and two digs, Madison Juszczak delivered four spikes, one kill and one block and Carissa Williams contributed seven sets and two assists.

Next, Vanessa Hissam had three spikes, five kills and on dig, Abby Tice chipped in with two points and one spike and Jessica Stivason ended up with one spike and two kills.

Finally, Jessica Hutton finished with five points, two aces, three spikes and one kill.

The Bees advanced to the semifinals by defeating the Huskies in four games in the quarterfinals Wednesday night at Fairmont Senior.

The Golden Bears entered the sectional tournament on a two-game losing streak. Oak Glen lost its final two matches Oct. 23 down at Parkersburg. Oak Glen defeated Woodrow Wilson before falling to Cabell Midland and Parkersburg.

The losing streak was the Golden Bears' first of the season. Now, it is just a distant memory.

"It was good," Riser said about the time off between matches. "We have been practicing hard. We have been working on numerous things. We still have some things we needed to work on. We made some serious mistakes tonight that could end up hurting us later on.

"We are going to practice tomorrow. We will have those mistakes corrected tomorrow. It will only take a day to fix."

Weir advanced to the title tilt by defeating the Bees in three games.

The Red Riders put forth a much-stronger fight than the Polar Bears. Weir led a couple different times during the match. The Red Riders led 8-1 at one point in the third game before the Golden Bears stormed back en route to recording the sweep.

For Oak Glen, Kell tallied 12 points, 59 sets, 13 assists and one spike, Hissam scored 10 points to go along with one ace, eight spikes, eight kills, two blocks and three digs and Poling picked up 10 points, one ace, five spikes, four kills, two blocks and eight digs.

Also, Porter produced six points, one ace, seven spikes, 11 kills and five digs, Stivason netted seven spikes, nine kills and three blocks and Juszczak contributed six points, two spikes and one kill.

Next, Williams delivered 22 sets and three assists, Smith chipped in with four points and three digs and Hutton ended up with three spikes and one kill.

Finally, Tice tallied 10 digs.

"It means we have a real-god shot at making it to the state tournament," Riser about what winning the sectional title means for her team. "We will be the No. 1 seed. We will be playing the No. 2 team out of Section 2. It will give us the upperhand."

Like the sectional tournament, two teams will advance from the regional tournament to the state tournament. The state tournament is scheduled to be held Nov. 9-10 down at the Charleston Civic Center.

Oak Glen won the state title last year.

"Everyone wants to knock you off when you are on top," Riser said. "Everyone plays their best against you. We have faced that all year."



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