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Eagles Knock Off Unbeaten Pilots

September 12, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

Magnolia's Kyndra Pilant and Mady Winters combined for 34 kills in three sets, while Leneica Grimm dished out 36 assists to lead the Blue Eagles to a three-set victory over the previous undefeated River Pilots on Sept. 6 inside a loud RL Potts Gymnasium.

The Magnolia "Bash-Sisters" Pilant and Winters pounded the Lady Pilots with monstrous kills. Pin-point setting by Grimm led the Big Blues in getting off to a great start in the first two sets, winning 25-16 and 25-18 respectively.

The third set was a thing of beauty and gave the crowd their money's worth, as the two titan teams went back and forth like a heavy-weight title match.

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Photo by Pam Bennett
Magnolia’s Kyndra Pilant (10) spikes the ball past a River blocker for one of her 21 kills as the Blue Eagles handed the red-hot Pilots their first loss of the season.

The Lady Pilots raced out to a 11-9 lead, but the Blue Eagles scored six straight points to grab a 20-16 lead after River broke serve.

With Lauren Flannery serving, the Pilots scored seven straight service points to grab a 23-20 lead.

However, the Pilots gave the Eagles a point on a service error and closed the gap to 23-21. However, a nice set by Allison Bennett to Cortny Sapp for a kill to break serve got the River student section on its feet with the set point yet to come.

But before you can say it's not over until its over, the game was all knotted up at 24-24 and 26-26 before a Pilant kill broke serve to Kayna Anderson, and the 21st kill by Pilant ended what was an outstanding game.

Pilant had a night to remember, scoring eight points with a service ace, while bashing a season-high 21 kills and 10 blocks to lead the Blue Eagles. Winters added 13 kills, eight blocks and scored six points with a pair of aces. Grimm dished out 36 assists and scored 10 points, with one ace, while Kayna Anderson totaled 11 points, including an ace and six digs.

In addition, Liza Clegg tacked on three points, one ace and made two kills, while off the bench Alyssa Kocher tallied three points and bumped up four digs. Also off the bench were Jaci Rhode and Zoey Jenkins with two and one digs, respectively.

Lauren Flannery and Macey Ladyga combined for 13 points, with seven aces, 10 kills, 13 digs and five assists to lead the Lady Pilots. Candace Caldwell provided seven points with three aces, five digs and one kill, while Allison Bennett contributed 27 assists, three points and five digs.

In addition, Cortny Sapp pounded nine kills and made a dig, while Katie Straub added eight kills, three digs and scored a point. Morgan Mahoney and Lacey Cordery each bumped up four digs.


Magnolia Claims Runner-up In Oak Glen Tournament

The Magnolia Blue Eagles won four straight matches without losing a set, before losing to Oak Glen in the finals during the Oak Glen Tournament, Sept. 1.

First up was AAAA powerhouse Parkersburg South by the identical 25-17 scores. Mady Winters and Kyndra Pilant had excellent sets, with Winters leading the way with 11 kills and 10 blocks to go along with a pair of digs and just as many points to lead the way. Meanwhile, Pilant posted good numbers herself. She belted 11 kills, bumped up five digs, blocked three shots and scored two service points.

In addition, Alyssa Rhode came off the bench to score seven points and make three digs, while Kayna Anderson tallied six points, included a service ace, and made seven digs. Leniecca Grimm dished out 22 assists and scored two points, while Liza Clegg followed with five points and one dig. Shyanna White made two assists, while Jaci Rhode belted a kill for all the Magnolia statistics.

Magnolia then cruised past the Weir Red Riders, 25-14 and 25-19, where it was Pilant and Winters doing some major damage. Pilant and Winters combined for 19 kills, with Winters tacking on two blocks and scoring two points, including an ace. Pilant tallied eight service points, two digs and blocked a shot.

Anderson posted seven points, that included a pair of service aces and nine digs, while Clegg added four points, one ace and made a block. Grimm handed out 21 assists, while Zoey Jenkins scored three points and one ace. Smith and Rhode each blasted a kill for all the Magnolia statistics in the match with the Riders.

The match with AAA Brooke Bruins went as well as expected, winning in straight sets, 25-17 and 25-13. The Eagles' Winters and Pilant were stellar around the net, making 16 kills and 11 blocks, with Pilant tacking on 15 points, including an ace, while adding three digs. Meanwhile, Winters posted good numbers as well - scoring two points and making a dig to go along with her seven kills and six blocks.

Anderson tallied a baker's dozen in service points and four digs, while Grimm dished out 19 assists, while bumping up two digs and scoring a point. Clegg made two kills and scored a point, while White added a kill, and Kocher scored a point.

After losing to Tyler Consolidated last season in the sectionals, the Lady Eagles had something to prove after being only a couple points away from winning it in straight sets and letting it slip away. The Lady Eagles were fired up, winning 25-18 and 26-24 to move on to the finals.

With Pilant and Winters stellar at the net with 18 kills and 17 blocks, the Lady Eagles would do most of the attack numbers at the net. But, they also added 10 points, five digs and a pair of service aces.

Grimm passed out 21 assists, while adding nine points, two digs and one kill. Clegg and Anderson scored five and four points, respectively, while Clegg added a dig, and Anderson 10 digs and an ace. Kocher scored a point, while Jenkins bumped up a dig, and White made two kills and had a dig for all the Blue Eagle statistics.

In the championship match with Class AA power Oak Glen, the Eagles were mentally drained from the match with Tyler in the semi-finals, but still stayed right with the Lady Golden Bears, losing the first set, 19-25 and 18-25 in the championship best out of three.

Winters and Pilant were effective at the net, blasting 13 kills and making 12 blocks, while adding four points and six digs. Grimm set up 19 assists to go along with a service ace, while Anderson and Clegg combined for six points, five digs and one Anderson service ace. White tallied three kills to end all the statistics to finish all the Magnolia statistics.



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