By MIKE PALMER
For The Intelligencer
CONNORVILLE - Steubenville defeated homestanding Buckeye Local in four sets, 25-18, 25-9, 25-28 and 25-20 on Monday in OVAC volleyball action.
It looked like the visitors were going to sweep after a quick second set but Buckeye Local was not ready to concede the match.
"We lost our intensity level," Big Red coach Lynn Meyer said of the fade. "We had some errors and we got down on ourselves. We have to learn to continue to play when we get ourselves into those situations."
"We were down (and) we are a better team than that." first-year Buckeye Local coach Janelle Windsheimer said. "When we show up to play as a team, we can compete, we are capable."
Buckeye Local took an early lead and looked like it was well on its way to winning the third set, 19-14, but Big Red came back to even the score at 20-20 and the two battled on from there to a deadlock at 25-25.
The Panthers had missed opportunities with errors earlier in the contest but this time they pulled together for a 27-25 victory.
The third set was to be another battle but Big Red was making plays when it counted and avoided the rubber match by pulling away.
"We had great passing," Meyer said. "We struggled at times at the net, so we still have some work to do."
Steubenville was paced by Taylor Young with 29 points off her jump serve, 11 kills and 17 assists. Abby Taylor served up 20 points, notched 13 spikes with 13 assists and four digs. Lysiah Rice added 16 points, six kills and two blocks, Brittany Bodo chipped in with seven points, six kills, four digs and two assists. Carmie Biasi worked the back court for Big Red by digging up 15 and serving eight points.
Buckeye Local's Morgan Fedorko led her squad at the net with 11 kills, four points and two digs. Preslie Renforth notched seven points with three aces, six kills and six digs. Morgan Staten dug up 11, served up eight points with one ace, and added five spikes and three assists. Nicolette Devore set eight assists and had three points, Lexus Fedorko set 10, with two digs and four points. Kierstyn Czuchran added four kills, six points and four digs for the Panthers.
Edison d. Bellaire
25-13, 17-15, 25-22, 25-20
BELLAIRE - Cassidy Jarvis collected 21 points, eight kills, four blocks, three digs and three aces as Edison bested Bellaire.
Maddie Williamson contributed 17 points and six digs to the Wildcats' cause, while Alexis Gill had six kills and five blocks. Katelyn Pollock checked in with 14 kills, nine points and six digs.
New Philadelphia 193, Barnesville 241
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio - Rachel Leggett carded a 44 to take medalist honors as New Philadelphia won a tri match.
The big news locally, was that Barnesville finished ahead of Ridgewood to earn the first victory for the program. Ciara Bauman had a 58 to lead Barnesville, followed by Paige Hayes (59), Maci Mcendree (61) and Makayla Flood (63).
Linsly 7, Steubenville Catholic 1
WHEELING - Kaitlin Snyder had a hat trick to lead Linsly (1-2) past Steubenville Catholic.
Maleha Kureishy added two goals and Leah MMemmo and Morgan Brunner had one each. Memmo and Brunner each had two assists and Cadets keeper Vivian Allison had one save.
Ana McNamara had the Crusaders' goal. Mariah Bosteen had 13 saves.
St. Clairsville 0
WELLSBURG - Amanda Loughtie had two goals and Payhe Farmer had four saves and didn't allow a goal in Brooke's shutout victory.
Six different players had goals and seven players had one assist for the Bruins (2-1).