Jackson and Keener keep matches close for Lady Knights


TCMS Volleyball faces battle with Phillipi, going 1 for 3 on the night

GRAFTON —The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights would host volleyball powerhouse Phillipi this week and the two would do battle until the final point was scored.  

This week would see the recognition of the eighth-grade girls, as this will be their final year as TCMS Lady Knights. 

The festivities would begin with each girl, Ashlynne Bolyard, Kenna Keener, Jeri Wolford, Alyssa Jackson, Kierra Sargeant, Gracie Miller, Carly Vandergrift and Kasey Alexander being escorted by their parents to the Knights logo, as they were handed a banner, some flowers and a gift bag for their hard work and dedication to the volleyball program over the years. 

Once the eighth-grade festivities were over it would be time for the battle to begin.

The first set would see a fierce back-and-forth between the two teams, as Phillipi jumped out to an early lead. 

They Lady Knights would mount a comeback deep into the first set, as a controversial tipping call and a redo point set would suck the momentum out of the Knights’ comeback and they would end up on the losing end of this set 25-22. 

The second set would see the Knights rising to the occasion, as they would be buoyed by the serve of eighth grader Alyssa Jackson, as Phillipi was unable to handle her serve and Jackson was able to put up 11 points before Phillipi would finally call a time out to adjust.

 Phillipi never really came into strinking distance in the second set, as a Kenna Keener serve would end the second set with the Knights up 25-18. 

For the third and final set both teams would be on their best games as neither wanted the loss. 

The Lady Knights looked like honey bees flying around their nest protecting their queen as they were fielding things all over the court and making plays out of balls that would typically not be playable. 

Jackson continued her strong serve also, but unfortuenly it wouldn’t be enough as the Knights drop this nail-biter 25-23. 

The TCMS Lady Knights would like to thank all the volunteers and parents who helped make this night special for the girls. 

The Lady Knights will be in action again this week as they will host Belington.

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