The high school girls’ volleyball season begins soon for Logan County’s three prep teams.
It all begins on Thursday, Aug. 30 at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena with the Logan County Open tri-match between the homestanding Logan Lady Cats, Chapmanville Regional and Man High School.
Chapmanville, coached by Angie Willis, had the most success of the three county teams last year as the Lady Tigers went 22-8. Chapmanville was knocked out of the Class AA Region 4 Section 1 tournament last season at Sissonville with a five-set loss to Herbert Hoover, 16-25, 25-17, 11-25, 25-21, 15-9.
The Lady Tigers split earlier in the sectionals with a 25-6, 25-8, 21-25, 25-11 win over Poca and a loss to Hoover.
Chapmanville lost three key seniors — Alyssa Bailey, Allison Evans and Kylie Clay — to graduation.
Logan, coached by Alice Hensley, struggled to a 10-23 record last year. The Lady Cats were ousted from the Class AAA Region 3 Section 2 tourney after dropping a pair of matches in the double-elimination tourney. Logan lost 25-11, 25-20, 25-16 to host St. Albans, then lost 25-13, 25-13, 25-11 to Capital.
Man, coached by Orlando Washington, also struggled last season. The Man netters lost two matches in last year’s Class A sectional tourney at Charleston Catholic with a loss to Buffalo, 25-12, 25-13, 25-15 and a defeat at the hands of the Lady Bison again, 25-10, 25-11, 25-10.
Chapmanville’s first seven matches this season are on the road. The home opener is Sept. 25 against Herbert Hoover, a Cardinal Conference opponent.
The Lady Tigers also have league matches against Wayne, Scott, Poca, Tolsia, Sissonville, Herbert Hoover and new conference opponent Mingo Central. Chapmanville plays at Mingo Central on Oct. 9.
Chapmanville also hosts Logan on Oct. 11 and Man on Oct. 18 and hosts its annual tournament on Oct. 13.
In addition, the Lady Tigers have non-conference matches against Sherman and Tug Valley.
Logan has an assortment of matches against Class AAA, AA and Single-A foes, including Chapmanville, Man, Mingo Central, Tug Valley, Westside, Sherman, Wyoming East, Sissonville, Huntington, Buffalo and Lincoln County.
Man has its home opener on Sept. 4 against River View. The Lady Billies also have a challenging schedule with matches against Class AAA Lincoln County and 2A teams Wyoming East, Mingo Central, Westside and Tolsia.
Man has home-and-home series with county rivals Chapmanville and Logan.