Paul AdkinsSports Editor
September 23, 2012
NAUGATUCK — Chelsey Stockdale hopes the last few days are a sign of more good things to come.
Stockdale, the first-year head coach of the Logan High School volleyball team, has led her squad to three straight wins, including Thursday night’s 26-24, 18-25, 25-20 border war victory over Sheldon Clark (Ky.) in a tri-match at Tug Valley High School in Naugatuck.
The Lady Cats (3-7) then won in two sets over host Tug Valley in the second match, 25-16, 25-19.
Logan had started off the season with an 0-7 record before winning 25-17, 25-14 over county rival Chapmanville on Tuesday in a tri-match at Sherman to score its first victory of the 2012 season. The Lady Cats had lost 25-7, 25-13 to the host Sherman Tide earlier in the evening.
“We’ve got three wins in a row and I think we are building some momentum. I think that we can do it,” Stockdale said. “We’ve been building each game. It feels good to get these wins.”
The Lady Cats put Sheldon Clark away late in Thursday’s match.
Logan went up 23-20 after a kill at the net by senior Ronni Vance.
A serving ace by sophomore Tiffany Jude then made it 24-20.
Logan then won the match over the Lady Cardinals as sophomore Aaron Ward spiked one at the net for the game-winning kill.
Ward served well all night, skimming the net with hard, low serves. Many were too tough for Sheldon Clark’s back row to handle.
“Ward has a really good serve. Every time we get her going it gets us going,” Stockdale said.
Stockdale also praised the play of sophomore Katelyn Grimmett and senior Rachelle Toppings.
“Grimmett had a good match hitting and Rachelle also has a good serve. When she’s on she’s on,” Stockdale said. “Toppings was also good at the net. Ronni Vance was also good at her passing. They really helped us.”
Other starters for Logan were sophomores Lauren Ellis and Adrianna Herrera and junior Summer Napier. Other members of the varsity squad are: sophomore Rachel Fortune; sophomore Hannah Hunter; junior Haley Meade; sophomore Kealeigh Morgan; and freshman Hannah Workman.
Rounding out the Logan volleyball roster are: freshman Haylie Bryant; sophomore Samantha Collins; junior Kristi Dalton; freshman Erica Day; freshman Hannah Foxx; freshman Shelby Hall; junior Katelyn Jones; freshman Abby Kirk; junior Breanna Pennington; and sophomore Kaitlyn Williamson.
Logan was able to handle Tug Valley without too much trouble in Thursday night’s second match.
“The girls played really well both games,” Stockdale said. “Everyone stepped up and worked together as a team. Rachelle Toppings had a big game in the first match against Tug and so did Adriana Herrera. They both stepped up at the net and Toppings’ serves were on, so she did amazing at serving. The second game we started with a different lineup and it worked well. Everyone stepped up in that game too.”
Stockdale, just 23 years old and a recent graduate from West Liberty State University, comes to Logan from East Liverpool, Ohio, located in the far eastern edge of the state near West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle.
“I’m just out of college and I teach at Chapmanville in elementary special ed,” Stockdale said. “I have always played volleyball.”
Logan is scheduled to get back into action on Tuesday at Mingo Central. On Thursday, the Lady Cats are scheduled to play St. Albans and Huntington at the Huntington High School tri-match.
The Lady Cats have their next home match on Oct. 2 against the same Mingo Central Miners.
Thursday night’s match was Logan seventh straight on the road after opening up on Aug. 30 at home with losses to Chapmanville and Man in the Logan County Tri-match.
After falling 3-0 at Sissonville on Sept. 4, Logan went to Lincoln County on Sept. 4 and lost 25-22, 25-9, 25-14.
Then on Sept. 15, the Lady Cats traveled to play in the Westside tourney and lost 25-11, 25-12 to Pikeview.
Logan then dropped to 0-6 on the season on Sept. 17 with a 25-20, 25-13 defeat at Westside before gaining the split on Tuesday at Sherman.
“It’s been hard,” Stockdale said about the lack of home matches so far. “It has made for some long nights for sure. This week we’ve had tri-matches all week and they have all been away. It has been wearing and tearing on the girls but in October we will mostly be at home.”