Finally at home, Central downs Martins Ferry

SPIKING — Catholic Central’s Theresa Bahen attempts a kill against Martins Ferry on Monday. Also shown is Central’s Karmen DiBiase. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central made quick work of Martins Ferry.

The Crusaders were in control of the match from start to finish against the Purple Riders as the Catholic Central volleyball team swept Martins Ferry, 25-6, 25-9, 25-12, Monday evening inside the Mickey Barber Gymnasium.

“It was a good night,” Catholic Central (6-3) head coach Sherri Barber said. “We are clicking on all cylinders right now. It is nice to see.”

The Purple Riders were unable to turn the tide in the match.

“They out-hustled us,” Martins Ferry (1-9) head coach Kyle Metzger said. “They are in much better condition than we are. Props to them.”

Emma Borden ended up with 16 points, three aces, six assists, two kills and nine digs for Central. Karmen DiBiase delivered 12 points, three aces, 20 sets, two kills and three digs. Theresa Bahen tallied 12 points, seven aces, two assists and four digs. Sydney Bennington collected 14 points, seven aces, five kills and 10 digs. Edy Harold added 11 points, six aces, two kills and three digs.

“We pride ourselves on our serving,” Barber said. “We are a very good serving team. We don’t have big hitters. We work on our serving and our passing. That is the key to winning. In our first couple of games, we did not serve well. That is unlike us. We serve 90 percent as a team or better than that. We rarely miss serve. We missed seven serves in one set against Big Red. We have straightened that out.

“We are passing well. When you pass well, everything else goes better. We played Saturday in the Dig Pink, and we played well. The girls are playing with confidence.”

For Martins Ferry, Shelby Thomas scored three points, Kayla Theaker recorded two aces and one kill and Ava Doyle delivered one kill and one block. Abby Bumbico contributed one kill.

“We play 13 games against schools bigger than us,” Barber said. “We only play two games against teams in our same class. We play a lot of bigger schools. We play a tough schedule.”

Martins Ferry is scheduled to play rival Buckeye Local at 5 p.m. today on the road.

Catholic Central is scheduled to play Weir at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at home before playing Edison Thursday on the road.

“This is a big point week for us,” Barber said.

“We want to get into the top four in the OVAC for now. This was our first match at home. Our first eight matches were away.

“It is nice to be able to play at home. The girls get along well. There is no drama. Everything is really pleasant, and it shows.”