Indian Creek sweeps rival Edison
WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek’s volleyball match with Edison turned for the better in the second set.
The Redskins won the first set of its match against rival Edison, but the Wildcats battled back and took a four-point lead in the second set, forcing the Redskins to call a timeout.
The timeout worked as Indian Creek (4-4) rallied to win the second set, and the Redskins built a huge advantage at the start of the third set en route to sweeping the Wildcats (5-5), 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 Monday night at home.
“It’s always close when we play Edison,” Indian Creek head coach Molly Wilson said. “They always come ready to play. It is always close when we play them no matter what the records are. It was a good game.”
Indian Creek took the lead early in all three sets, forcing Edison to play from behind.
“Once we let it get into our heads, we have a hard time coming back,” Edison head coach Mycaela Ensell said. “That is something we have been working on lately.”
The Redskins were able to carry over the momentum they built at the end of the second set into the beginning of the third set.
“That was a huge momentum push for us going into the third set,” Wilson said. “We have been working on getting an early lead.”
Renee Antonelli tallied 12 kills, seven digs, two aces and one block for the Redskins. Tera Parrish produced one kill, five digs, one ace and one assist. Sarah Mazzaferro finished with nine kills, one dig and one ace. Autumn Miller recorded 24 assists and three aces.
“What they did really, really well is their outside hitters did a very good job of hitting it around us,” Ensell said. “They knew were to get. They knew where to hit.”
For Edison, Allison Crawford had 13 kills, six blocks and six digs. Kayla Huff had 22 assists, 11 blocks, six kills and two digs. McKenzie Morrison recorded seven kills and six digs. Kayla Wood added five blocks and four kills.
“We know Edison is always tough,” Wilson said. “They hit the ball well. They hit to open spots. Mycaela was with Leah (Eft) last year, so she is familiar with the program.”
All three sets were hard fought, but Indian Creek was able to make the plays late in the sets to come away with the victory.
“They came on strong,” Ensell said. “They were able to finish. They made more plays than we could.”
Both teams are scheduled to play Thursday. Indian Creek is slated to play at home against Beaver Local.
“We already saw them up there,” Wilson said. “We are going to be ready to go when they come here.”
Edison is scheduled to play East Liverpool at Potter Fieldhouse.
“The last time we played them we beat them in one set, but they came back and beat us,” Ensell said. “Hopefully, we can get on a run early up there and follow through.”