WINTERSVILLE - The Indian Creek volleyball team lost its opening match of the season, but since then the Redskins have run off eight straight victories including a win over Buckeye Local, 25-12, 25-9, 25-17, Tuesday night at home.
"We played pretty well," Indian Creek (8-1) head coach Crystal Hammack said. "I can't complain."
The Redskins, who clinched the Buckeye 8 championship with the victory, controlled their match against the Panthers from the outset.
"They definitely are a good team," Buckeye Local (2-8) head coach Janelle Windsheimer said. "We came back in the third set, but it was not enough."
Jessica Furda led the Redskins by recording 24 assists, one ace, four kills, five blocks and five digs. Kiarra Kamarec contributed one ace, five kills, one block and three digs and Whitney Martin netted one assist, five kills, one block and eight digs.
Bethany Davis delivered one assist, nine kills and six digs, Bre Berryman chipped in with three kills, four blocks and one dig and Brooke Spence ended up with two aces and five digs. Mallorie Sullivan tallied one ace and six digs, Martina Marko added three kills and three digs and Alexis Fithen finished with two kills and three digs. Kaylee LaRue collected two digs.
"We have been playing well," Hammack said. "We want to improve every day. We have 10 girls who can play on the court at any time.
"We are getting really good leadership from our seniors. They have really taken charge of the team. Everyone is stepping up."
For Buckeye Local, Morgan Staten netted nine points, four aces, one kill, one assist and 11 digs. Nicolette Devore collected two points, one ace, one kill, four assists and one dig and Kierstyn Czuchran contributed one point, three kills, three blocks and three digs.
Lexus Fedorko finished with three point, four assists and two digs, Morgan Fedorko delivered one point, one ace and one kill and Preslie Renforth ended up with one point and five digs. Becky Zeroksi recorded five digs and Rachael Zeroski added one dig.
"We have gotten off to a rough start, but we have the potential to turn it around at any time," Windsheimer said.
Both team's next match is against Beaver Local. The Redskins are scheduled to play the Beavers tonight at home. Meanwhile, Buckeye Local is slated to travel north to Columbiana County Thursday night.
"Their kids play hard," Hammack said about the Panthers. "They are a program that works hard in the summer. They have got a new coach, and she is doing a good job."
Indian Creek and Beaver Local have met in the Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional Tournament held at St. Clairsville in each of the past two seasons.
Indian Creek won last year's match up in three games, while the Beavers defeated the Redskins in four games back in 2011.
"Beaver Local is always very competitive," Hammack said.
"They are always fundamentally sound. We are going to need to bring our A-game. They have a nice coach. She does a good job with them. We are going to have to be prepared to play. We are going to have to be ready."