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Hawks, Bulldogs in finals

by Randall Jett

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WEST UNION -- South Harrison advanced to the Region 2, Section 2 tournament finals Wednesday night by beating Doddridge County, 13-15, 15-8, 17-15.

Doddridge will get a rematch with the Hawks tonight, however, as the Bulldogs advanced to the finals with a 15-2, 15-11 win over Gilmer County

The two teams meet again at 6 p.m. If Doddridge wins, another match would follow at 7:30.

Bobbi Jo Devericks led the Hawks with 12 points, eight kills and four blocks. She was assisted by Sarah Byrd, who had 11 points, six kills and one block. Kim Hinzman led Doddridge County with 11 points.

"All the girls on our squad did an outstanding job," South Harrison coach Bernie Hurst said. "They were really pumped up to play. In the first game, our serving wasn't there, but we made an adjustment in our lineup, and I think it made the biggest difference for us."

After splitting the first two matches, the Hawks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the third game before Doddridge tied it at 3.

South Harrison's largest lead was at 13-9 before Doddridge rallied behind Judi Rose, who scored five unanswered points. The match went to a 15-15 tie before the Hawks pulled it out on an Emily Barker serve to win 17-15.

"They played their hearts out," Doddridge coach Kris Bonnell said. "The whole match could have gone either way. What hurt us was that we didn't make our serves at critical times in the match."

In Doddridge's victory over Gilmer, the Bulldogs jumped to a 13-0 lead and held the Titans to just seven serves in the first game.

In the second game, Doddridge led 12-4 before a spirited Gilmer rally fell short.

Doddridge was led by Heather Wycoff with 11 points and Rose, who had nine points, five kills and a block.

"The girls pulled everything they had out right here and had to dig deep," Bonnell said. "I think they were a little wore out from the earlier match, but came out and played very well."

Amy Skinner led the Titans with five points.

"I think we just ran out of gas," GCHS coach John Nicholas said. "Tournament time, you have to put everything on the line, and I'm proud of the way the girls played.

"But we're a young team, and I see nothing but positives for the future."

Gilmer advanced to the loser's bracket finals by downing Ritchie County 15-0, 15-4.

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