OVAC VOLLEYBALL: Indian Creek Captures 5A Title

STEUBENVILLE – The Indian Creek and Edison volleyball trilogy came to a thrilling finish.

In the end, the top-seeded Redskins were able to pull away down the stretch to hold off the second-seeded Wildcats, 25-22, 23-25, 25-17, to win the OVAC Class 5A Tournament title Saturday night inside the Crimson Center.

“It was a fantastic match,” Edison (16-6) coach Leah Eft said. “It always is with them.”

The title was the Redskins’ sixth, and the first under current coach Crystal Hammack. Indian Creek won five straight tournament titles from 1997-2001 under the guidance of former coach Erin DeSantis.

“It’s huge,” Hammack said. “It is one of our goals. It is one of the goals the kids set for themselves this season.

“It is a testament to how hard our kids play and how hard they work.”

The Wildcats have also won six tournament titles with the last one coming last season. Edison defeated Indian Creek in the semifinals en route to that crown.

Individually for Indian Creek (18-2), Bethany Davis scored seven points to go along with seven kills, 20 assists and 13 digs, Whitney Martin netted five kills, six blocks and 10 digs and Jessica Furda recorded seven points, 25 assists and four digs.

Also, Kiarra Kamarec contributed four points, six blocks and three digs, Martina Marko produced nine points and Bre Berryman ended up with 15 kills and 10 blocks.

“Most of our kids are healthy,” Hammack said. “We have not been healthy all year. Our outside hitter (Martin) got hurt (Saturday), and we had to mix our lineup in the third set. We are fortunate with the team that we have that we are able to rotate players in to fill positions.”

Individually for Edison, Katelyn Pollock collected nine points, eight kills and six aces, Caitlin Brenstuhl tallied five points, three kills and 20 assists and Cassady Jarvis recorded17 kills and three blocks.

The Wildcats were on the verge of being swept in the second set, but Edison’s veteran leaders came through in the clutch to force a third and deciding game.

“I attribute that to my seniors and my veteran junior,” Eft said. “It is nice to know you can trust them when things aren’t going so well.”

Edison advanced to the tournament final by defeating No. 3 seed Morgantown, 25-19, 25-16.

Indian Creek advanced to the match by defeating No. 4 seed Parkersburg South, 25-13, 25-15.