Shadyside Takes Down Toronto

Tigers overcome six-point deficit in second set in victory

Photo by Rick Thorp Shadyside’s Riley Brown goes up for a ball during the Tigers’ match against Toronto Wednesday night. The Tigers defeated the Red Knights in straight sets.

SHADYSIDE — Trailing by six midway through the second set Wednesday evening, Cindy Archer felt her team needed a bit of a refresher.

The first-year coach of the Shadyside volleyball team called her squad over to the bench and delivered a simple message, one that didn’t take long to resonate.

“I said for the back row to get the ball to the setters,” Archer said. “Then, the setters to get it to the spikers. They just needed to be reminded; let’s go.”

The Lady Tigers (5-1) came out of the stoppage and reeled off nine unanswered points en route to claiming the set and, soon, the match — 25-16, 25-18, 25-16 — against Toronto inside the Tiger Den.

“They did a great job coming back.”

Red Knights coach Cathie Thomas, meanwhile, saw an opportunity slip through her team’s grasps … again.

“We’ve done that in the past two matches,” she said. “We’ve been up by a lot of points, and it just seems like we’re not mentally there yet.

“We just have to be comfortable in holding and maintaining that lead. We haven’t yet played as a team. We have the talent and the athletes, but until we start playing as a team, we’re not going to have the success we can have.”

Shadyside broke a 7-7 tie in the first set with five consecutive points and cruised to victory.

Toronto (0-4), however, got the upper hand in the second set collecting seven of eight points and building a 9-3 advantage.

The Lady Tigers showed their mettle coming out of the aforementioned time out as Sarah Teasdale (seven kills, 14 digs) and Riley Brown (19 kills) posted back-to-back points. That jumpstarted a run that ended with Shadyside holding a 12-9 lead.

Toronto closed to within one, 14-13, on a Shadyside service error, but the Red Knights got no closer, falling by seven in the set.

The Lady Tigers continued the momentum they garnered in the second set into the third, sprinting out to a 6-2 advantage. The lead ballooned to 24-10 before the Red Knights scored six straight points before Shadyside closed it out.

“They all played really great,” Archer said of her team. “They were all intense and aggressive. I like that. It was a good match all the way around.”

Madison Davis added 25 assists, seven digs and five points for Shadyside, while Macy Coffland had six points, eight kills and seven digs. Haleigh Osman and Jillian Joseph recorded 27 and 12 digs, respectively, while Haley Esposito recorded 13 points and 13 digs. Bailey Wach had seven assists and five kills.

“To beat a big school is great for us,” Archer noted. “This team is really coachable, which I like.”

Jocelyn Merideth scored nine points for the Red Knights, while Kendal Thomas had six. Riley Kinsey had 23 digs, Maddie Anderson had 12 blocks and five kills, and Jamie Anderson made eight blocks.

River d. Martins Ferry 25-18, 25-9, 25-12

MARTINS FERRY — Macey Ladyga stuffed the stat sheet as she compiled six aces, eight kills, nine digs and 12 points as River defeated Martins Ferry. Lauren Flannery had 10 kills, 10 points and six kills for the Pilots while Cortny Sapp delivered on four aces, four digs, nine kills and 13 points.

Madonna d. Cameron 25-18, 25-17

Wheeling Central d. Cameron 25-15, 24-26, 25-12

WHEELING — Cameron fell in matches against Wheeling Central and Madonna. Abby Aston and Reagan Gray both had five points to lead the way for the Dragons against the Blue Dons while Bailey Hall compiled nine against the Maroon Knights.

Union Local d. Bellaire 25-20, 25-11, 28-26

MORRISTOWN — Lacy Bilyeu had 35 digs and Emma Knock dished out 11 assists Wednesday night as Union Local rebounded from its first loss of the season and handed Bellaire a defeat.

Alexis Logan added 12 digs and eight kills for the Jets (4-1), while Sydney Lohr had 11 digs and seven kills. Abby Shepherd collected six assists.

Natalie Stoner had nine dogs and six kills for the Big Reds, while Michaela Flaherty had five kills and five digs.

Frontier d. St. John 25-13, 25-22, 25-18

BELLAIRE — Kasi Gillespie scored five points, but it wasn’t enough as St. John fell to Frontier.

Kaylin Nixon added eight digs and four points for the Irish (0-3). Julie Schlanz had seven digs and Shaylyn Horvath recorded six assists



John Marshall 5, Madonna 1

MOUNDSVILLE — Zara Zervos tallied four goals as John Marshall defeated Madonna. Cynthia Begley also found the back of the net for the Monarchs (3-0).

Kali Krynicki scored the lone goal for the Blue Dons (1-4) while Abigale Macet had eight saves.

Morgantown 7, Wheeling Central 2

MORGANTOWN — Kenadee Wayt scored two goals for Wheeling Central, but it fell to Morgantown.

Ava Koontz had five saves for the Maroon Knights while Jairika Baylor tallied three.

Harrison Central 9, Magnolia 1

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Sydney Starr scored three goals and Gemma Downs and Angelina Puorro each had two more as Harrison Central topped Magnolia.

Jara Madzia and Lisa Gross each collected one goal for the Huskies (3-2).

Indian Creek 9, Steubenville Catholic 0

MINGO JUNCTION — Payton Gaydosh, Abby Copeland, Riliegh Gualtiere and Sloane Lewis all scored two goals as Indian Creek defeated Steubenville Catholic. Ashley Yaich recorded the other goal for the Redskins.

Lewis had two assists, and Maleah Kelly had one. Mackenzie Orban made four saves while Rileigh Gualtiere made one.

Bri DeChristopher made 21 saves for the Crusaders.

Big Red 5, East Liverpool 0

EAST LIVERPOOL — Mary Marshall scored three goals for while Myla Gulan and Chloe Petrelle each added one as Steubenville shut out East Liverpool.

Kadyn Bennett and Libby Saccoccia each had an assist for Big Red.


River View 159, Meadowbrook 195

WEST LAFAYETTE — Alex Dennis turned in a 47 to lead the way for Meadowbrook, but River View prevailed at Hickory Flats Golf Course.

John Marshall 182, Steubenville 183, Oak Glen 204, Madonna 228

NEW CUMBERLAND — Cody Sprowls shot a 40 to help John Marshall win in a field of four teams at Woodview Golf Course. Matthew Douglas and Mason Orndorff both secured a 46 for the Monarchs while Ryan Campbell turned in a 50.

Paul Mastros shot a 37 to lead the way for Steubenville as he earned medalist honors. Joe Cline led the way for Oak Glen with 44 while Joe Jalski had a team-low 44 for Madonna.

Magnolia 178, St. Marys 181, Monroe Central 206, Shadyside n/a, Paden City n/a

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Trey Blain turned in a 35 to earn medalist as Magnolia secured a victory at Riverside. Alex Parker supplied a 45 for the Blue Eagles while Alex Milliken secured a 47. Olivia Menroe rounded out the scoring with a 51. Alex Milliken rounded out the scoring with a 47.

Austin Sloan led the way for Monroe Central with a 42 while Nico Bomba had a 46.


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