Big Red rolls in four sets over Panthers

RAYLAND – Steubenville Big Red defeated the home standing Buckeye Local Panthers in four sets 25-18, 25-9, 25-28 and 25-20 in Ohio Valley Athletic Conference volleyball action.

It looked like the visitors were going to sweep their hosts after a quick second set, but Buckeye Local was not ready to concede the match.

“We lost our intensity level,” said Big Red coach Lynn Meyer. “We had some errors and we got down on ourselves. We have to learn to continue to play when we get ourselves into those situations.”

Buckeye Local head coach Janelle Windsheimer stated, “We were down tonight, we are a better team than that. When we show up to play as a team, we can compete, we are capable.”

Buckeye Local took an early lead and looked like it was well on its way to winning the third set 19-14, but the Big Red came back to even the score at 20 and the two battled on from there to a deadlock at 25.

The Panthers had missed opportunities with errors earlier in the contest but this time they pulled together for the 27-25 win.

The third set was to be another battle, but Big Red were making plays when it counted and avoided the rubber match, pulling away to take home the win.

“We had great passing tonight,” Meyer complimented her squad. “We struggled at times at the net, so we still have some work to do.”

Steubenville was paced by Taylor Young with 29 points off her jump serve, 11 kills and 17 assists. Abby Taylor served up 20 points and notched 13 deadly spikes with 13 assists and four digs. Lysiah Rice added 16 points, six kills and two blocks, and Brittany Bodo chipped in with seven points, six kills, four digs and two assists. Carmie Biasi worked the back court for the Big Red, digging up 15 and serving eight points.

Buckeye Local’s Morgan Fedorko led her squad at the net with 11 kills, four points and two digs. Preslie Renforth notched seven points with three aces, six kills and six digs. Morgan Staten dug up 11, served up eight points with one ace, added five spikes and three assists. Nicolette Devore set eight assists, had one kill and three points, and Lexus Fedorko set 10, with one kill, two digs and four points. Kierstyn Czuchran added four kills, six points and four digs for the Panthers.

Big Red faces off against rival Indian Creek tonight while Buckeye Local has a week off and will host Harrison Central next Tuesday.