Volleyball: Big Red Stops Rival Steubenville Central

STEUBENVILLE – The tide can turn in an instant on the court.

Volleyball is a game of momentum and runs, and that point was again proven accurate as city rivals battled it out Wednesday night at Steubenville Catholic.

Both teams made runs in all four sets, but in the end Steubenville rallied to defeat Steubenville Catholic, 20-25, 25-21,25-19, 25-15.

“The girls believed in themselves,” Big Red (4-3) coach Lynn Meyer said. “They played with confidence. When mistakes happen, our girls get down, but all four of us coaches have been preaching to them to forget about the mistake and to move on.

“Volleyball is a game of runs, it is a mental game and it is a game of mistakes. We saw that. You have to put the mistakes behind you.

“We played as a team. We hit the ball really well. We played great defense. That is the best defense we have played all season.”

Both teams held the lead in all four sets of the match.

“We just made too many mental mistakes,” Steubenville Catholic (5-3) coach Sherri Barber said.

Individually for Big Red, Taylor Young ended up with 21 points, seven kills, 20 assists and five digs. Abby Taylor tallied four points, eight kills, 12 assists and three blocks and Brittany Bodo collected 12 points, eight kills and five digs.

Also, Mytia Barker recorded nine points, six kills and 18 digs, Annie Nehrbas scored eight points to go along with five kills and three blocks and Carmie Biasi contributed eight points and 27 digs.

Finally, Lysaih Rice finished with five kills and six blocks.

“Their defense is great,” Meyer said. “I have known Sherri for a long time. We coached against each other in the 1980s. That’s how long we have been coaching. Those were great matches, and (this) was a great match. She does a great job with them.”

Individually for Steubenville Catholic, Monica Rigaud recorded 18 hits, five kills and 11 blocks, Maddy Gulan ended up with 12 points, eight kills and three blocks and Taylor Bednar delivered three kills and 10 blocks.

Also, Kamy Belardine contributed 18 points, while Megan Lloyd tallied 16 points.

Big Red scored the first two points of the match, but Catholic Central tallied the next two to tie the first game. A little bit later, the Crusaders scored five straight points to take a 7-4 advantage.

The hosts extended their lead out to 12-6, but Big Red bounced back to score the next nine points to take a 15-12 lead forcing the Crusaders to call timeout.

Catholic Central responded after the timeout as the Crusaders scored seven straight points to take a 18-15 lead forcing Big Red to call a timeout. Big Red responded by scoring the next three points to pull within 19-18, but they were unable to catch the Crusaders.

Catholic Central scored six of the next eight points to win Game 1 by five points, en route to taking a 1-0 lead.

The Crusaders scored first to open Game 2, but Big Red was able to rally to take a 7-4 lead. Next, Catholic Central scored five-straight points to take a 9-7 lead. Big Red tied the match at 9.

After two points by the Crusaders, Big Red ripped off six-straight points to take a 15-11 lead. Later on, Catholic Central called a timeout with Big Red out in front, 17-13. Undeterred, the Crusaders fought back to tie the score at 17-17.

This time, Big Red responded, and the visitors were able to build a four-point advantage at 22-18. The hosts tried to fight back, but Big Red was able to fight off the attack and win Game 2 by four to even the match at 1-1.

The victors opened the scoring in Game 3, but the Crusaders ripped off seven straight points to take a 7-1 advantage. Later, Big Red was forced to call a timeout with Steubenville Catholic ahead, 12-5.

As they did all match, Big Red rallied. This time, the visitors ran off nine-consecutive points to take a 14-12 lead.

The Crusaders fought back to tie the score three different times after that, but Big Red was able to score the final five points of the game to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Big Red scored first in the fourth game, and they took a 5-2 lead. The Crusaders fought back to tie the score at 6-6, but the rest of the game and the match belonged to Big Red.

Big Red’s victory came one day after falling to Edison in four games at home.