Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

Manchester volleyball sends seniors out with a win over Fayetteville

On an emotional night in Manchester, the MHS volleyball team walked away with a win on Senior Night in straight sets over Fayetteville , 25-21, 25-23 and 23-12.

Senior Morgan Johnson “went out with a bang” as Manchester Head Coach Tabitha Spires put it, as she finished her final regular season home game with 26 kills to lead all scorers and is now two kills away from 1,000 career kills.

“[Morgan] was all over the place,” Spires said. “She can also pass the ball and she can serve.”

An emotional Senior Night ceremony for the six senior Lady Hounds started off the evening and the team responded well to the moment as senior Summer Wilbur started off the game with back-to-back aces and before long MHS led 8-2 on an ace from Johnson.

“They were really ready to play right out of the gate,” Spires said. “I try to get them pumped, maybe they really liked their Senior Night gifts. But they wanted to end with a bang for their last home game.”

That lead stayed fairly constant at 14-6 after Fayetteville sophomore Haley Moore spiked a set into the net and the Rockets burned a timeout a few plays later when a soft kill by Johnson brought the Greyhound lead to 16-9.

Coming out of that timeout, it appeared as if Wilbur tweaked her knee, already in a substantial knee brace, when she was stretching. However, Wilbur continued on and the Manchester team that was injured to the point of what looked like no return about a week ago is almost back to 100 percent according to Spires.

“We’re alright,” Spires said. “Summer’s knee still hurts a little bit and I don’t know how much longer it’s going to last but she will not stop. Her wrist is better and everyone else is fine now.”

Fayetteville made a comeback in the final portion of the first set as the scoreboard read 23-21 in favor of the home team but the Rockets would get no closer as the set ended a few points later, giving Manchester a 1-0 lead.

While the Greyhounds jumped out early in the first set, they fell behind just as quickly in the second set. Freshman Abby McFarland was struck in the face with a serve she attempted to return, much to the chagrin of her teammates, but things looked as if that was the way the second set was going to go for MHS.

A few Fayetteville aces and a lift violation by Cassidy Spires dug the Greyhounds into a deeper hole until the head coach used a timeout down 11-4. The timeout was short-lived as Spires told her squad, “Do your job!” and do their jobs they did afterwards.

Johnson rattled off nine serves in a row and all the while screamed for her teammates to set her the ball every possession the Greyhounds had. Before much longer, what was an 11-4 deficit turned into a 13-13 tie after Johnson slammed the ball down on her opponents again and again.

It looked as if the effort of Johnson and her teammates was going to go for naught when Fayetteville kills by senior Meghan Koch and aces by freshman Alisa Stahl brought the lead back to 22-15. Johnson continued her one-woman offense with a kill to make it 22-16 and that prompted the second comeback of the set as more kills by Johnson and a tip by Cassidy Spires that found the court gave the Greyhounds their first lead in the second set at 24-23. On the next play, a tip at the net by senior Kalya Wagoner completed the comeback and gave her team a commanding 2-0 lead.

What looked as another competitive set in the third stanza proved to be anything but by game’s end. Fayetteville kept it close early trailing only 6-5 and 9-8 before an ace by Cassidy Spires pushed the lead to two. From there, seemingly in the blink of an eye, Manchester led 16-8 after multiple serves from Wagoner. That lead grew to 20-9 after another Johnson kill and the game ended on a return of a serve that went too long, giving the six seniors a final regular season home win.

“Each and every senior went out there, worked hard and played hard,” Spires said. “They did their job like they’re supposed to.”

Manchester opens up tournament play with a sectional final at home at 6 p.m. on Oct. 22 against either White Oak or Sciotoville.

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391 or cgrove@civitasmedia.com.

Manchester senior McKayla Smith and junior Hannah Grimes prepare to return a Fayetteville serve.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_0309.jpgManchester senior McKayla Smith and junior Hannah Grimes prepare to return a Fayetteville serve. Charles Grove | People’s Defender

Manchester senior Cassidy Spires in position to set the ball while sophomore Sierra Thatcher backs her up.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_0297.jpgManchester senior Cassidy Spires in position to set the ball while sophomore Sierra Thatcher backs her up. Charles Grove | People’s Defender

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