STEUBENVILLE - There is something about the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference championships that brings out the best in the Edison volleyball team.
The Wildcats entered Saturday's Class 4A action as the No. 4 seed at Steubenville High School and emerged with their second trophy in three years and third in five years thanks to a 25-16, 20-25, 25-22 victory over Parkersburg South.
"I can't explain what it means coming back from a 6-14 season to a 14-6 season and winning an OVAC championship - it's pretty special," said Edison coach Leah Snyder, who was part of the Wildcats' winning teams in 2001 and 2004 under former coach Lynn Meyer. "These girls are special."
The Edison volleyball team won the OVAC title for the second time in three years and third time in five years.
-- Aaron Petchal
Katelyn Pollock owned the Patriots with a game-high 14 kills, while Cassady Jarvis added eight and Katie Davidson five. Davidson added 11 assists and Caitlin Brenstuhl 10. Kyle Smith had eight digs, Davidson five and Brenstuhl four. Alexis Gill finished with three blocks, Hannah Johns two points and Victoria Freeland two digs.
Kasey Williams finished with 10 kills for Parkersburg South. Lexi Spencer had 15 digs and 11 assists, Taylor Ratliff nine assists and Alexis Leach 12 digs.
Edison advaned to the final thanks to a thrilling 25-23, 27-25 semifinal victory over rival Indian Creek, which later defeated University 25-16, 25-18.
"The girls weren't pumped up for that match at all and you could tell," Snyder said with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
Pollock totaled 13 kills in that match, while Brenstuhl had 16 assists, Smith six digs, Johns five points, Gill five blocks and Jarvis four blocks.
Snyder talkled about the turnaround.
"Last year was my fault completely," said the second-year coach. "I put in too much at once and everything I wanted them to do, they couldn't turn it around and never seemed to get it going.
"They got it going this year and it's a special thing to see. They've definitely taken a big step forward for this program.
"These (seniors) are the girls I have been with since I started. I love them do death."
Snyder has now won an OVAC title as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach.
"This year is so bittersweet because last year was so bitter and this year is so sweet that it makes this year that much more exciting," she said.
Edison next plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in sectional play at St. Clairsville High School against the winner of Monday's match between Meadowbrook and East Liverpool.
Indian Creek will take on Beaver Local at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Clairsville as the playoffs begin.
For the Redskins on Saturday, Jessica Furda totaled 34 assists, 22 digs, and seven aces, while Brey Mays delivered 14 kills, three blocks and 19 digs.
Ali Collaros added 18 digs, Whitney martin 11 kills and 30 digs, Brey Berryman 11 kills and five blocks, Kiarra Kamarec seven blocks, Mallorie Sullivan six digs and Alexis Fithen four blocks and three digs.