Indian Creek’s roller coaster night ends in victory over Edison

WINTERSVILLE — The roller coaster ride continued for the Indian Creek volleyball team against rival Edison.

The Redskins struggled during the middle part of the first set and at the the end of the third against the Wildcats, but Indian Creek rallied from a deficit to defeat Edison in four, 24-26, 25-7, 25-15, 25-9, on Monday.

“That is the story of our season,” Indian Creek (8-7) head coach Molly Wilson said. “We are dealing with some injuries. We have had to use our depth, and the girls did a great job of playing together.”

The Wildcats won the first set, but the story of their season continued in the second set.

“We seem to have a second-set curse,” Edison (3-13) head coach Mycaela Ensell said. “We start off really strong and then kind of flip the switch, and we lose it in the second set. Once we lose it, it is really hard for us to come back from it. Once we get into that slump, we need one person to step up like Gracie Phillips did in the third set when we got that run of points. We were able to slowly fight our way back into the game, but we were too far behind at that point.”

Chelsea Connor had 13 kills, two blocks and one dig for the Redskins.

Sarah Mazzaferro tallied 14 kills and four aces. Autumn Miller contributed 40 assists, three aces and a dig. Olivia Wukelic added 12 kills and a pair of aces.

For the Wildcats, Karissa Speedy had three kills, two assists and eight digs. Brianna Crawford contributed one ace, two kills, one block and a pair of digs. Mikayla Petrisko recorded two aces, one kill and five digs. Gracie Phillips added three aces, five assists and five digs.

The Redskins led 8-4 in the first set, but the Wildcats scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a 15-10 advantage. Edison’s lead grew to as many as six points (19-13 and 20-14) before Indian Creek battled back and tied the score at 24. Edison ended up regrouping and scoring the next two points to win the set and to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

The Redskins came out strong in the second set and jumped out to a 9-2 lead. Their lead grew to 12-4 as the Wildcats called a timeout. Indian Creek continued its surge after the timeout as the victors built a 22-5 advantage before winning the set by 18 points and evening the match at one.

“We have seen Edison three times,” Wilson said. “We have had time to make adjustments, and the girls made those adjustments.”

It was more of the same in the third set. This time, the Redskins built a 9-0 advantage to start the set off, and they increased their advantage to 24-4 before the Wildcats scored the next 11 points to make the score 24-15. However, that was as close as Edison got as Indian Creek scored the next point to win the set and to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

“I am very proud of the girls,” Wilson said. “After the first set, they came back to win the next three. We were able to close it out in four. Every time we play Edison it is close. You can throw the records out.”

A third-straight fast start to begin saw the Redskins take a 9-4 lead in the fourth set. Later, Indian Creek took a 21-8 lead before winning the set by 16 points, resulting in the Redskins winning the match.

“Indian Creek always has amazing front-row hitters,” Ensell said. “They do a very good job of seeing the other side of the court, and they see where to put the ball.”

Indian Creek is scheduled to host John Marshall Wednesday before playing Beaver Local on the road Thursday. Edison is scheduled to play East Liverpool Thursday at home.