Keyser volleyball tops Frankfort, starts season 2-1
By Chapin Jewell
KEYSER - “I really believe this is going to be a turning point season for Keyser volleyball. We’ve had many losing seasons in the past. I can’t remember the last time Keyser has had a winning volleyball record. This year, we’re getting over that .500 mark and I’m shooting to win 75 percent of our games.”
These words were spoken by Keyser head volleyball coach Kara Breedlove as part of the season preview article for the Mineral News-Tribune. At that time, Breedlove was optimistic about the prospects for a successful season. What we’re seeing now that the season is under way is the reason for Breedlove’s optimism.
Keyser is off to a hot start. On Tuesday, the Lady Tornado netters defeated county-rival Frankfort three games to one in their biggest win of the young season. The Lady Tornado started the year by dominating Tucker County, winning three games to zero. Then came a trip to Moorefield, where despite falling three games to one, Keyser scored at least 20 points in every game they lost.
All in all, Keyser volleyball, in advance of Thursday night’s matchup with Legacy Christian Academy out of Winchester, is 2-1 on the season, so too are the junior varsity Tornado, whose wins and losses mirror the varsity squad.
On Tuesday, Sep. 8, Keyser opened the season at home against the team with the same color scheme, Tucker County. Keyser dominated play, winning three games to zero with scores of 25-7, 25-14 and 25-9. Kaelyn Kesner had 11 points (7 aces), 5 kills and 6 assists. Summer Reid contributed 18 points (8 aces); Kaitlin Heavener added 9 points (7 aces) and 7 kills.
In junior varsity action, the junior Tornado defeated Tucker County by a score of two games to one, with game scores of 25-6, 21-25 and 25-11. Brookelyn Keller recorded 14 points (10 aces); Maddie Rhodes contributed 8 points (7 aces) and 3 kills; Alana Wildman added 6 kills.
After dispatching Tucker County, Keyser next traveled to Moorefield to square off against a tough Yellow Jackets squad on Thursday, Sep. 10. Keyser fell three games to one at Moorefield, but by close scores of 20-25, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-27.
As evidenced by the game scores, the match was close and tightly contested. According to Breedlove, “The varsity game at Moorefield was a well-played, hard fought battle for Keyser, who at times were down by as much as nine points but would come back and tie it later.”
Leading the team with 15 points (4 aces) and 12 assists was Kaelyn Kesner. Gini Breedlove contributed 8 points (4 aces) and 11 kills; Summer Reid and Rebekah Biser contributed defensively with 7 digs apiece.
In junior varsity action, the junior Tornado fell two games to zero by scores of 20-25 and 17-25. Maddie Rhodes led the jayvee Tornado with 6 points (2 aces) and 4 kills. Brookelyn Keller also had 6 points; Maddie Fisher put up 6 assists.
Then on Tuesday, Sep. 15, came the in-county battle with Keyser hosting. The home-standing Tornado dropped the Falcons three games to one with game scores of 25-13, 20-25, 25-21 and 25-9. After Keyser took the first game, Frankfort rallied to tie things at one game each. Keyser responded with a close win in the third game but won the fourth game going away.
Kaelyn Kesner led the Tornado with 19 points (10 aces), 21 assists and 9 kills. Gini Breedlove added 10 kills, 9 points (4 aces) and led the defense with 7 digs. Summer Reid contributed 14 points (5 aces); Kaitlin Heavener added 9 kills and 3 blocks.
In junior varsity action, the junior Tornado defeated Frankfort two games to zero with game scores of 25-14 and 25-19. Brookelyn Keller led the way with 14 points (6 aces) and 4 kills. Alana Wildman added 9 points (4 aces) and 4 digs; Maddie Rhodes had 5 kills; Lily Saville added 6 points (5 aces), 5 assists and 2 kills.
The season is young, but Keyser has performed just as head coach Kara Breedlove thought they would. Next up for Keyser was Legacy Christian Academy on Thursday, Sep. 17.