Wheeling Central Ousted At Crestview

Rebels are too much for Maroon Knights

Photo by Wayne Maris Wheeling Central’s Julie Padden tries to keep the ball in play during Tuesday’s match against Crestview.

COLUMBIANA–The Crestview volleyball team’s first Ohio Valley Athletic Conference tournament match went off without a hitch.

The top-seeded Rebels took command early and maintained control the rest of the way as they dispatched fourth-seeded Wheeling Central Catholic 25-8, 25-17, 25-8 in an OVAC 3A semifinal Tuesday at Crestview High School.

“Overall I was pretty happy with how we played,” Crestview coach Alisha Auer said. “We started out strong, Wheeling played better in the second set, but we picked it back up in the third.”

Crestview (18-3) will take on second-seeded Buckeye Trail (14-4) in the 3A championship match at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Union Local High School. Wheeling Central Catholic falls to 14-7.

The Rebels are in their first season in the OVAC and are playing an independent schedule following the breakup of the Inter-Tri County League. Coming into the season, they had scheduled just the minimum of six games to qualify for the tournament. They weren’t sure they would be able to accumulate enough points to make it.

“This is all so new to us,” Auer said. “We weren’t even sure we would make the tournament. As far as the points system went, I had no idea if we would have enough. But now that we’re here, it would be great to win it.”

Any way you slice it, it’s been a very different year from what the Crestview volleyball team has been accustomed to. Without a traditional conference title to shoot for, the Rebels have been driven more than anything by a desire to compete hard and get better every night regardless of the opponent.

There was never much doubt in Tuesday’s match as the Rebels rattled off 12 of the first 14 points en route to their first game victory. The Maroon Knights hung around early in the second game before the Rebels utilized an 8-2 run (powered by five MacKenzie Daub kills) to take a 19-13 lead. Crestview surged to a 10-3 lead in the third game and sailed home from there.

Daub and Emily Emch controlled the net with 15 and 11 kills respectively, with Emch also adding four points and a pair of blocks. Setter Haley Eskra had a solid game with 25 assists, seven points, two aces and six digs. Brenna Auer added 10 points and five kills, while Amelia Montgomery had 13 points and two aces. Natasha Salmen had 14 digs.

Wheeling Central Catholic was led by four kills from Nikki Nolte and four blocks from Kayla Gilligan.

The Maroon Knights were making their first OVAC tournament appearance since 2011.

Despite the lopsided score, Maroon Knights coach Michelle Runkle was pleased with how her team competed.

“Crestview’s a good all-around team and I think we showed that we can compete with competitive teams like them,” Runkle said. “I felt we were a lot closer to them than the scores showed. We just had a hard time getting our offense going in the first and third sets.”

OVAC 1A Semifinals

Paden City d. Madonna

25-11, 25-11, 25-21

PADEN CITY–Paden City swept visiting Madonna to advance to the 1A OVAC championship on Saturday at Union Local, to take on Beallsville.

Aubrey Neff tallied 18 points for the Wildcats, while Mallory Yeater finished with 17 points and 18 assists, Jenna Ferrebee supplied 13 kills and seven points and Malayna Price turned in eight points and 13 digs for Paden City (20-5).

OVAC 2A Semifinals

Southern Local d. Bridgeport

25-13, 25-11, 25-14

SALINEVILLE–Anna Sevek paced Southern Local with seven points, five aces and 20 kills, while Lizzie Wells added 24 points, eight assists and 12 kills.

Bridgeport was led by Lauren Neer with 13 assists. Taylor Newkirk supplied seven points in defeat.

OVAC 4A Semifinals

East Liverpool d. Harrison Central 25-10, 25-17, 25-21

EAST LIVERPOOL–Skye Stokes led East Liverpool with 11 kills, eight assists and four aces as the Potters topped Harrison Central to advance to the OVAC title match.

Lyndsey Hennis tallied eight digs and Shelbie Mitchell added five assists and four digs.

Regular Season

Monroe Central d. St. Clairsville

25-19, 25-16, 23-25, 25-10

WOODSFIELD–Olivia Gauding paced Monroe Central with 11 kills and four blocks, while McKinzey Dierkes tallied 10 points, six kills and six assists and Monroe Central edged St. Clairsville.

Elaina Swallow turned in 25 assists for the Seminoles, while Ari Reager led the Red Devils with eight kills and 24 assists.

Caldwell d. River

25-17, 25-18, 25-18

CALDWELL–Katie Straub paced River with seven points and five aces, while Allison Bennett added 18 assists and five points in a loss to host Caldwell.

Late Monday

Frontier d. River

25-23, 17-25, 25-23, 25-17

NEW MATAMORAS–Despite the loss, Katie Straub delivered 16 points and eight kills to lead River. Allison Bennett garnered eight points, six aces and 31 assists and Lauren Flannery added seven kills for the Pilots.


Hilltopper Spikers Breeze Past Glenville State

GLENVILLE–The West Liberty University women’s volleyball team breezed to a 3-0 shutout of winless Glenville State at the Waco Center.

Raimey Benson led all players with a dozen kills and 4 blocks while Olivia Baumhoer had 8 kills, Morgan Farley weighed in with 7 kills and 4 blocks and Stephanie Leonard contributed 6 kills, 3 blocks and a service ace.

Chatham d. Bethany

18-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13

BETHANY–Katie Sparks turned in 16 kills, 17.5 points, 42 assists and 10 digs but it wasn’t enough as Bethany fell to Chatham.