MARTINS FERRY - The Indian Creek volleyball team defeated Martins Ferry in straight sets, 25-15, 32-30, 25-16, Monday as both teams played in their first game of the season.
"I was really happy with how we played," Indian Creek head coach Crystal Hammack said. "We were really beginning to mesh against Martins Ferry. Tonight, we were ready to go."
Creek would claim the first match with relative ease, but the second was a volleyball battle fans would not expect to see on opening day of the season. The squads traded side outs as the Purple Riders used ball placement and tenacious digging to take their opponents to seven game-point serves before the Redskins prevailed 32-30.
HIGH FIVE — Indian Creek senior Brey Mays knocks the ball over the net during Monday’s 25-15, 32-20, 25-16 victory over Martins Ferry.
-- Mike Palmer
"I told the girls that despite the loss I was very proud of their effort tonight," said Martins Ferry head coach Chuck Probst. "The girls really wanted to win tonight, they were pumped up for this game because we knew Indian Creek is a force to be reckoned with."
"It is hard to combat their height. When the tall girls are in the back row, that is when we need to press the advantage and I thought we did that well in the second match."
Martins Ferry committed service errors at critical junctures in the second match after tying the score late in the match.
"We have two juniors and three freshmen in our starting rotation, but that is by no means an excuse," said Probst. "I counted four service errors late in the second match and against teams the caliber of Creek you can not make many unforced errors and expect to come away with a win."
For the hosts, Shaina Oberdick led the Lady Riders with 10 kills, serving up nine points with four aces and one block. Tyrah King notched eight kills. Dakota West added 10 digs, Cassie Hanson added nine digs, six assists and three kills. Shaye DeLeonardis had six assists, four digs and three kills.
For the visitors, Whitney Martin contributed two assists, five kills, three blocks and 10 digs; Ali Collaros nine digs; Mallorie Sullivan six digs; Brey Mays 15 digs, two aces and three kills; Martina Marko three kills; Bre Berryman 14 kills and two digs; Kiarra Kamarec five kills; four blocks and three digs, Alexis Fithen three digs; and setter Jessica Furda 24 assists, three aces, three kills and 14 digs.
"Our key is going to be peaking at the right time this season," said Hammack as Creek (1-0) travels to neighboring Steubenville tonight.
Martins Ferry (0-1) will get back to work Wednesday traveling to Harrison Central.