Eagles soar to volleyball crown

November 18, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - Before Saturday night, Hedgesville volleyball coach Susan Davis had always wondered what it would be like to be part of a state championship celebration.

After Saturday night, Davis has something else to ponder - how to describe the feeling.

"It was chaos," Davis said after her Eagles defeated defending champion Capital 15-12, 7-15, 15-9, 15-9 in the Class AAA championship game. "I can't describe it, it was almost like ... I can't describe it, you know? At one point it was like, 'It's over?' There's no words to describe it."

Seniors Keri Jackson and Ashley Copenhaver were named to the Class AAA All-Tournament team. Jackson had 12 kills, six blocks and six service points in the championship game, while Copenhaver added 18 kills, 12 blocks and five service points.

Tracey Regalbuto - the third of Hedgesville's "big three" seniors - added 34 assists, 20 service points and 13 digs for the Eagles.


"We had solid play with the seniors," Davis said. "You've got the big three and they kind of anchor the group and keep it going. Those three are always very complimentary and try to help anyone at any time."

Hedgesville (41-4) defeated Parkersburg South 18-16, 15-5, 13-15, 15-9 in a semifinal match Saturday morning. Copenhaver had 16 blocks, 30 kills and 10 service points, Jackson had 25 kills and eight service points, Regalbuto had 48 assists and 12 service points, Kayla Lang had 11 service points and Kelsey Shipper had 12 service points.

The Eagles, who made the semifinals last year, entered Saturday knowing they had defeated both Parkersburg South and Capital during the regular season.

"The kids have been confident from the get-go with this tournament, and they've been confident all year that they were going to win (states)," Davis said. "They played with a lot of confidence and desire, and they were not going to be denied."

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