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October 17, 2018

The Paden City Wildcats defeated No. 1 seed Morgantown Trinity in straight sets, 25-19, 25-14 and 25-16 to earn the school's second straight OVAC Class 1A volleyball title Oct. 13 at Union Local High School Gymnasium.

After losing long-time head coach Fred King to retirement and graduating six seniors from last season's championship team, the Wildcats would need to lean on last season's OVAC Player of the Year Hope Weber and Mallory Yeater as the only returning players with much playing time, and new head coach Jennifer Yeater.

Coach Yeater felt if it wasn't broke, don't fix it, and jelled this young and inexperienced team into a thrilling come-at-you squad, and could have not being happier about what she and a nice support from the football team present to cheer them on.

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"We came to play," said Yeater. said. "During the season, we split, so we knew it was going to be a good, competitive match. The girls came fighting and knew we were kind of coming in as the underdogs, but we got the job done."

Paden City's Cora Anderson got the party started in the first set, with two service points, and after the Lady Warriors broke serve, Webber smacked a pair of kills and Yeater drilled an ace to give the No. 2- seed Wildcats a 5-1 lead.

Trinity pulled to within two points, but the Lady 'Cats scored three straight points, including a pair of service perfections by Madi Kline to push its lead up to 12-7. Later in the set, the 'Cats scored three straight points, including two outstanding serves by Maggi Still.

But Trinity wouldn't go away, and pulled to within 22-19 before Yeater broke serve with a kill. After Kline's third service ace, Yeater smacked the match point with an exclamation point kill for the first set 25-19 victory.

The Lady Warriors opened the second set with four straight points, and were on top, 7-2 with the help a kill by Paige Dixon and a pair of nasty kills by Rachel Rosen.

Paden City would then put together an 11-0 run, keyed by four Weber kills and a pair of service aces by Anderson, to grab a 13-7 lead.

After each team broke serves, the Wildcats again went on a run, scoring five straight points, that included single kills by Abbe Stackpole and Kline, and two more by Yeater to grab a 19-9 lead.

Over the next eight serves, both teams exchanged points as Paden City took a 2-0 lead with a 25-14 second set win.

In the third set, the Lady 'Cats raced out to a 6-1 lead, thanks to three Yeater aces and a Still kill. But the Lady Warriors fought back and tied the game four different times before Paden City took over at 16-14 with a Weber kill.

After the 'Cats broke serve with a Weber kill, Anderson served up six straight points, with two aces to grab a 23-16 lead after Rosen's 12th kill of the match. It was fitting that the Wildcats Weber getting the match winner with her 18th kill.

Mallory Yeater was solid for Paden City with 6 points, with one ace, 14 kills, 17 assists and 14 digs, while Weber had 18 kills, eight blocks and three digs.

"It means so much," Weber said on winning another OVAC title. "Last year losing all of our six seniors, that was a big loss. This year we came in wanting to win and prove people wrong thinking we weren't going to get it. So we just wanted to play as hard as we can to get the win for the second year in a row."

"It feels great to win two in a row," Mallory Yeater said. "We just have to keep pushing and go to sectionals and win," Mallory Yeater said.

In addition, Abbe Stackpole had four points, three kills and 11 digs for the Wildcats, while Maggi Still stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, three kills, 22 assists and three digs. Cora Anderson had 15 points and 23 digs, while Madison Kline secured four points six kills.

For Trinity, Morgan Mullens had 11 points, three kills, 13 assists and 12 digs while Jaclyn Smith secured four points and 12 digs. Caitlyn Nine had three points while Kate Dlugos secured seven points, four kills and seven digs.

In addition, Rachel Rosen stuffed the stat sheet for the Warriors with 10 points, 12 kills, three aces and eight digs, while Paige Dixon had seven points, five assists and 15 digs.

Out of the eight players for Trinity, seven were seniors, while out of 19 Paden City players, there are no seniors, and only four juniors.

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