Shadyside Sweep Steubenville Catholic in Volleyball
By RICK THORP
For The Intelligencer
SHADYSIDE — On the wall inside Shadyside High’s Tiger Den, there’s a newly erected banner listing all of the school’s OVAC championships.
There’s a section for volleyball, but it’s blank. That could change Saturday at Union Local High School’s “Hangar.”
The Tigers will play for their first conference championship at 5:30 p.m. after disposing of Steubenville Catholic in straight sets — 25-16, 25-17, 25-20 — in the first Class 2A semifinal on Tuesday evening.
Shadyside, the No. 1 seed, will battle No. 3 seed Southern. The Indians, the defending 2A champs, dispatched No. 2 seed River in five sets.
“We had three days of hard practices and they came out ready and showed it on the court,” Shadyside coach Cindy Archer said following the school’s first OVAC Tournament triumph.
Madison Davis scored 13 points and had 32 assists in a match in which Shadyside came out focused from the start. The Tigers scored the night’s first 11 points and never looked back.
“That was very important,” Archer said. “I never saw the girls get down at all.”
Shadyside has taken tremendous strides each year of the program’s short existence, which a new milestone reached each season. Archer said after missing out on OVACs last year, getting there was a goal in 2018. And once that was achieved, she said her team didn’t just want to stand pat, it wanted to go for the gold. Now, it will have the opportunity.
“I try to have a disciplined team,” she said. “We’re not messing around a lot. It’s business all the time. I like that.”
Shadyside also built leads of 13-3 and 8-3 in the second and third sets, only to watch the Crusaders (11-8) climb back. But, in the end, the Tigers’ experience and team play proved too much.
“Shadyside took a step up on us and we could never really get into the match,” Steubenville Catholic coach Monica Fischer said. “Shadyside moves the ball around well. They were just doing that consistently well and hitting everything. We had a hard time adjusting to it.”
Like the rest of this season, Shadyside (20-1) had a plethora of players get into the act. Jillian Joseph had six points, eight kills and 10 digs, while Sarah Teasdale added eight kills and 10 digs, and Riley Brown and Haleigh Osman had seven kills and 12 digs, respectively.
“They were ready,” Archer said. “We played well in our practices leading up to this. We didn’t want it to go to a fourth set.
Emma Borden recorded six kills for the Crusaders.
“Steubenville Catholic is a very good team. They gave us a great match.”
Southern d. River
25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 22-25, 15-6
SHADYSIDE — Lauren Flannery scored 11 points, added two aces, 17 kills and 25 digs as River came charging back after dropping the first two sets to Southern. Unfortunately for the Pilots, the Indians won the final set to advance to Saturday’s final opposite Shadyside.
Katie Straub added 13 points with three aces, seven kill, and 20 digs, while Macey Ladyga scored 10 points with an ace, 14 digs and eight kills.
Shenandoah d. Monroe Central
WOODSFIELD — Sydney Yoho recorded 11 digs to go with two points, but Monroe Central couldn’t get much going in a loss to Shenandoah.
Monroe Central d. Beallsville
21-25, 25-19, 25-15
WOODSFIELD — Monroe Central downed Beallsville behind Yoho’s 23 digs, eight points and two aces.
Trista Morris led the Seminoles (9-12) with 10 kills, Kalista Friday added 10 points, five aces, and Rymie Bishop scored eight points with three aces, seven kills and eight assists.
Ashlie Louden paced the Blue Devils with seven assists and four kills. Olivia Muncy also added four kills.
Brooke d. Edison
Brooke d. Toronto
Toronto d. Edison
23-25, 25-18, 25-15
WELLSBURG — Hope Bowman had 18 kills and five blocks, while Maria Kamatado added 43 digs and six kills as Brooke swept a tri-match against Edison and Toronto.
Landyn Haynes chipped in with five aces, 10 kills, 30 digs, three blocks and four assists. Chloe Fox dished out 30 assists, along with 16 digs, six kills and four aces for the Bruins (10-13).
Kayla Wood paced the Wildcats with four points against Brooke. In the loss to Toronto, Karissa Speedy earned 100 points with four assists, one kill and one ace. Mikayla Petrisko scored seven points with three aces and an assist.