Big Red Tops Creek

Steubenville claims match in four sets

Photo by Andrew Grimm Steubenville’s Emily Allen prepares to serve during Tuesday’s game against Indian Creek.

STEUBENVILLE — After splitting a hard-fought first two sets, Lynn Meyer wanted to see her team stay upbeat and confident.

It did, as her Steubenville Big Red volleyball team convincingly took the final two sets to defeat Indian Creek on Tuesday night inside the Crimson Gym.

“We just told them to believe in themselves and go,” Meyer said of her conversation with her team between the second and third sets. “We told them not to get down because once we get down, the other team gets on a roll against us. They stayed up. They finished. They did not have as many tips.

“They had to come out strong and be aggressive. They had to have confidence in themselves because that is a very, very good team that we just beat.”

After Steubenville (2-2) raced out to a 7-0 lead to start the first set, the Redskins (1-2) stormed back with a 14-2 run to go on top 21-16 and force Meyer to use a timeout. Big Red responded, scoring the final three points to take the first set, 26-24.

In the second set, after the teams were tied several times early on, Indian Creek scored eight of the last 10 points to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-16 victory.

“We practice being super physical and I think we need to take a step back and work on our mentality a little bit,” Creek coach Molly Wilson said. “The second game I think we went out there and played strong. We went in (to the third set) almost too confident and they caught us. Kudos to Coach Meyer, she does a great job.

“It all just started to get heavy on their shoulders and they crumbled under the pressure. We have five seniors, but tonight they didn’t come together. That is what we need to work on; getting those girls on the same page so they can pick everybody else up.”

It was all Steubenville from there.

Big Red jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the third set and stayed in command throughout, regaining the advantage in the match with a 25-11 set win. Steubenville jumped out to leads of 6-2 and 15-10 in the fourth set, before a 6-2 run between Creek timeouts put it well in control en route to a match-clinching, 25-15 win.

“They were more consistent in the last two sets,” Meyer said. “They stayed consistent and moved to the ball and passed well. Our setters were more consistent. In the first two games, our setters weren’t consistent. When they got consistent our attacks were much better.”

Steubenville’s Emily Allen had a pair of aces, 10 assists and eight digs. Anna Taylor had an ace, 13 kills, 14 digs and four blocks. Leah Ferguson finished with four aces, 13 assists, three kills and three digs. Sammi Cucarese had 11 digs and Makayla Abram had two kills and nine blocks.

For the Redskins, Chelsea Connor had five kills, four blocks, six digs and two aces. Taylor Jones had six kills, three blocks and four digs. Kylie Kiger had three blocks and five assists. Autumn Miller had 19 assists, Madi Freshwater had eight digs, Sarah Mazzaferro had seven kills and Lexi Crane finished with six kills.

Conotton Valley d. St. John

25-15, 17-25, 25-14, 25-11

BOWERSTOWN — Ellie Bower recorded 12 points, 10 assists and four aces, while Maggie Bower chipped in with 12 points, eight kills and five aces as Conotton Valley topped St. John.

Elizabeth Schnegg had 16 digs for the Irish (0-2). Shaylyn Horvath and Kasi Gillespie both scored eight points.

River d. Monroe Central

25-21, 25-18, 24-26, 25-23

HANNIBAL — Katie Straub recorded 15 points,12 digs and six kills as River topped Monroe Central.

Lauren Flannery added 17 digs,12 kills and seven points, Macey Ladyga had 14 digs, eight points and four kills, and Allison Bennett had 10 digs, five kills and six points for the Pilots.

Kristen Friday paced the Seminoles with 10 points, one ace, six kills and 13 digs. Sydney Yoho added 33 digs and Elaina Swallow recorded 15 assists.

Barnesville d. Bellaire

25-9, 25-12, 25-14

BELLAIRE — Invading Barnesville made quick work of the Big Reds, posting a sweep to get to 4-0.

Leading the way for the Shamrocks was Mindi Wehr, who had 12 kills and six digs, while Rylee Stephens was charted for nine kills, two blocks and two digs. Lindsay Burkhart had 13 points and eight digs. Savanna Finnical had 17 assists.

Natalie Soner and Michaela Flaherty recorded eight and six digs, respectively, for Bellaire.

Shadyside d. Harrison Central

25-18, 25-16, 25-9

SHADYSIDE — Homestanding Shadyside quickly dispatched Harrison Central.

The Tigers were led by an impressive performance from Riley Brown, who had 11 points, three aces, 17 kills and four blocks. Macy Coffland added six points and seven kills. Haley Esposito had 13 digs and Haleigh Osman added 11 digs. Senior Jillian Joseph contributed five kills and 10 digs, while Madison Davis had 22 assists, 10 digs and three kills. Baylee Wach had 10 assists.

Harrison Central was led by Kobey Johnson’s four kills. Shae Saffell had 11 digs and Audrey Corder added five points.

SOCCER

BOYS

Wheeling Park 8, Parkersburg South 3

WHEELING — Jason Pennybacker and James Hofmann each scored two goals and added an assist as Wheeling Park rolled past Parkersburg South.

Chris Romanek, Andrew Glass, Gui Weimer and Louis Aulick added the other goals for the Patriots (4-1). Michael Dague and Tino Kayafas each recorded two assists, while Glass and Aulick added one.

Steubenville 3, Indian Creek 1

STEUBENVILLE — Andrew Neely, Noah Reinacher and Ian Phillips each netted goals for Steubenville as it improved to 2-0 with a victory against Indian Creek.

Theo Loot and Jacob Noble recorded assists for Big Red, while Jacob Clevenger stopped three shots.

Anthony Perino had the lone goal for the Redskins on an assist from Gunnar Bretell.

Edison 8, Monroe Central 2

RICHMOND — Carter Montgomery recorded a hat trick and added an assists as Edison had little trouble with Monroe Central.

Ryan McKeee added two goals and two assists, Riley Watson scored two goals and Asher Keirsey scored a goal with an assist. Goalie Kyle Griffith finished with seven saves.

GIRLS

Weir 7, Magnolia 0

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Julia Gianni netted two goals and assisted on three more as Weir earned its first win by beating Magnolia.

Bella Aperfine chipped in with two goals and two assists, while the Red Riders (1-3) also got goals from Megan Cramer, Jessica Orris and Alexis Adams.

GOLF

Wheeling Park 325, Fairmont Senior 345

WHEELING — Noah Seivertson carded a 76, followed by James Salvatori (79), Ryan Payne (81) and Dorothy Romanek (89) as Wheeling Park bested Fairmont Senior at Jones Golf Course.

New Philadelphia 170, Meadowbrook 193

NEW PHILADELPHIA — Dakota Wright and Carter Begue were match co-medalists in leading New Philadelphia past Meadowbrook at Oak Shadows Golf Club.

Alex Dennis paced the Colts with a 45, followed by Cage Black (47), Tucker Rogers (49) and Cole Eltringham (52).

Girls

OV Athletics.Com Girls Golf Team Tournament

Warren 407, River 411, John Marshall 466, Shadyside NC, Tyler Consolidated NC

SARDIS — River’s Sierra Knowlton fired an 83 to claim medalist honors at Fairway Riverside Golf Course.

The Pilots came in second, falling by four shots to Warren.

Tabitha Straub (100) and Autumn Ensinger (104) were each named to the all-tournament team.

Shadyside’s Grace Green shot a 104 to make the all-tournament team.

Clarissa Edgar carded a 109 to pace the Monarchs.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

WLU Women Sweep Home Triangular

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University swept a non-conference triangular from Alderson-Broaddus and Salem at the ASRC.

Coach Kayla Mull’s Hilltoppers (3-1) got rolling early with a 3-0 romp past A-B in the afternoon and followed that up with a 3-0 rout of Salem in the finale.

In the first match, West Liberty took command early with a 9-0 run midway through the opening set and sprinted off to a 25-14 win. The Hilltoppers went on to close out the Battlers (0-2) by scores of 25-21 and 25-20 by dominating the net.

West Liberty was dominant at the net throughout, finishing with 44 kills and 11.0 blocks compared to just 21 kills and four blocks for the Battlers (0-2). Raimey Benson led the way with a match-high nine kills and two blocks while Madison Clayton chipped in with eight kills and five blocks. Caitlin Clarke and Olivia Baumhoer also added eight kills with Stephanie Leonard notching seven kills and a match-high six blocks. Amanda Leonard contributed a match-high 27 assists and Morgan Farley paced the Hilltoppers with 10 digs.

It was more of the same in the nightcap as WLU dominated the opening set by a 25-10 count, held off a late surge by the Tigers (1-2) for a 25-23 nod in the second set and ran away to another 25-10 win in the third set.

With the Hilltoppers in control throughout, Mull was able to substitute early and often. Even so, Benson still led all players with a match-high 10 kills. Clarke backed her with 7 kills and tied Kailee Cunningham with a team-high 9 digs.

Freshman Abbi Gillson had six kills in just two sets while Mackenzie Sims added five kills and a service ace while playing only the second set. Kendall Souder had a match-high 25 assists and Renee Lemke had 14.

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