Ravenswood (32-14) lost a nip-and-tuck Game 1, 25-21, to Williamstown and couldn’t recover, bowing out of the Class A Region 4, Section 1 tournament one match short of a regional playoff berth Thursday night at Parkersburg Catholic High School.

Ravenswood (32-14) lost a nip-and-tuck Game 1, 25-21, to Williamstown and couldn’t recover, bowing out of the Class A Region 4, Section 1 tournament one match short of a regional playoff berth Thursday night at Parkersburg Catholic High School. 

 The loss ended a superb season for the Devilettes, and stung even more in light of the fact that the regional finalists from Section 2 were Tolsia and St. Joseph--teams the Devilettes beat during the regular season. Section 1 and Region 4 champion Wirt County and sectional/regional runner-up Williamstown advanced to the state tournament with regional wins Saturday at Elizabeth.

  Ravenswood jumped out to an 8-2 lead in Game 1 Thursday, but Williamstown rallied to a 19-16 advantage on consecutive Gracie Graham service aces. The Devilettes battled back and took a 21-20 lead on a Rylin Tabor service ace. But the Yellowjackets then reeled off five straight points to win the game, 25-21.

  That downturn of fortune seemed to take the steam out of the Devilettes who fell behind 8-0 to open Game 2 and never recovered in losing 25-12.

 Down 2-0 in games, Ravenswood again seemed to rally, going up 6-2 in Game 3, but the wheels then came off again, and Williamstown closed out the match, 25-14.

 Skylar Mace led the Devilettes with 16 points. Katie Mellinger added 12; Kendall Bowen, 4; Hannah Heatherington and Rylin Tabor, 3 each; Kasey Hoff, Ali Westenhaver and Jazlyn Skeen, 2 each; and Molly McCutcheon, 1.

  Bowen was the top server at 14/14 (ace). Tabor served a pair of aces. Bowen was the top passer at 31/47. Tabor was 40/41 in sets; and McCutcheon, 32/32.

 Mace led the spikers at 20/22 (10 kills). Mellinger had 8 kills; Heatherington, 3; and Hoff, Skeen and Westenhaver, 2 each. Mace had 6 blocks; and Westenhaver and Mellinger, 1 each.

 Faith Hossier led Williamstown with 20 points. Bethnay Arnold had 11 kills.

 Seniors Skylar Mace, Molly McCutcheon, Katie Mellinger and Ali Westenhaver closed out their high school careers with 2017’s superb 32-14 season record.