WHEELING - Tyler Consolidated brought its powerful, high-flying volleyball team to the Northern Panhandle on Tuesday night and Coach Richard Summers' crew wasted little time showing why it is among the top Class A teams in West Virginia.
Frontline seniors Allison Wable, Torrye Cline and Haylea LeMasters controlled the net and the Silver Knights were never really threatened by youthful Linsly in a quick, three-set, 25-7, 25-5, 25-14, victory against the Cadets at Steifel Fieldhouse.
The victory moves Summers' squad to an impressive 20-1 on the season while Coach Rebekah Newell's Linsly teams dips to 2-16.
While Linsly managed to score early in each of the first two games, it did not score very often. With the Knights recording the initial point of the opener, Torrye Cline rattled off four points to begin a nice run that eventually led to an 11-1 Tyler Consolidated lead.
The Cadets could not get any closer than 15-6 the rest of the way and an eight-point service from Megan Carpenter all but put the hosts away in a 25-7 victory.
Game 2 was more of the same as Linsly managed an early 1-1 deadlock, but quickly found itself in a hole again on a Tyler point and eight service points from Sydney Reed that made it 10-1. With the score 21-5, Carpenter finished things off this time with the final four points, including a pair of aces.
But while the young Cadets went easily in the first two, they managed to stick around a little longer in the third game. Linsly's first lead of the night came at 4-3 on a Hannah Wagner ace.
Newell's team led by a pair at one point, and still at 8-7 before the visitors ran off eight straight points, including seven from Kerstyn Cline to turn the one-point deficit around.
It was still 17-10 when Carpenter ran off eight more service points to make it 24-10. The Cadets did not go down easy, but eventually succumbed by a 25-14 margin.
''We have a veteran front line led by three seniors in Allison Wable, Torrye Cline and Haylea LeMasters and some pretty good juniors as well, so we expect to be good up there with that experience,'' Summers said. ''We have played pretty well and been fortunate enough to overcome some adversity as well.
''One of our seniors had a bad ATV accident and broke her back and another girl was injured in a car accident, but these girls have really bonded together and taken this thing to another level.
''I also want to say that Linsly has really improved a lot since the first of the year, they hit the ball decent and serve the ball well and they are doing a fine job.''
Newell, herself, was almost in awe of the Silver Knights in paying them the highest of compliments.
''They are very good and just pretty to watch play,'' Newell said. ''But we are a very young team with just three girls that had varsity experience coming into the season and the rest are all pretty new.
''This was a good challenge for us, I think it is a learning experience to play a team like Tyler Consolidated and it helps newer girls learn to move and anticipate.
''We do not have a whole lot of height, so it is not easy to overcome the things they do at the net. But when you have a girl like Jasmine Shah, she is the kind of kid that really makes up for the lack of height with a lot of heart and hustle and she leads our team.''
Wable finished with 16 kills while Carpenter had 20 points and 6 kills, Sydney Reed chipped in 13 points, Kerstyn Cline had 11 points and Torrye Cline added 18 assists for the victors.