Big Red slips past Cambridge, plays Edison tonight

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Steubenville struggled, but Big Red still came away with the desired result.

The Big Red volleyball team was not on top of its game, but defeated Cambridge 25-22, 25-23, 24-26, 25-19, in Ohio Division II Eastern District sectional play Monday night on John Jenkins Court at St. Clairsville High School.

“We did not play well,” Big Red (14-9) head coach Lynn Meyer said. “We were a half-second slow on everything. We had 21 hitting errors. We had seven serving errors. We had six or seven serve return errors. We had 30 plus errors in the game.

“We were not consistent at all. We had an off night tonight.

“Hopefully, we will have an on night tomorrow.”

Big Red will play Jefferson County-rival Edison at 7:30 p.m. today on the same court.

Individually for Big Red, Taylor Young ended up with 10 points, nine kills, 15 assists, four digs and four aces; Abby Taylor tallied nine points, nine kills, nine assists and five digs; and Mytia Barker recorded 15 points, five kills, nine digs and four aces.

Brittany Bodo collected five points, three assists, one block and 10 digs; Carmie Biasi contributed 21 digs, eight points and three aces; and Annie Nehrbas scored three points to go along with four kills and four blocks. Lysaih Rice finished with two kills and four blocks.

Big Red did not play Cambridge during the season, so Meyer made some phone calls to find out about the Bobcats.

“We heard they had two-nice hitters, and they did,” Meyer said. “They had a couple of good jump servers. We were just slow and sluggish tonight. That is why I never schedule Monday games. I don’t like Monday games.

“We are going to have to come back ready to play. The girls are going to have to step up against Edison.”

Cambridge trailed by one point late in Game 1, Game 2 was tied late and the Bobcats were within three points late in Game 4.

“I am proud of the girls,” Meyer said. “We didn’t want the season to end, and neither did they. They are a great group of girls. They reminded me of the group of girls I coached out at Edison that won sectionals and went on districts.

“We won sectionals and went to the districts in 2004 and in 2005. We had Kylie Snider, Devin Cain, Kelly Moore, Meredith Sanders, Annie Kovalesky, Caitlin (Williamson) Gulling, Emily Schaefer, Emily Peckens and Jessica Wedlake all on that team.”

In 2004, Edison defeated Buckeye Local and East Liverpool in the sectional tournament at St. Clairsville before falling to Tri-Valley in the district final. In 2005, Edison defeated Cambridge and Carrollton in the sectionals also at St. Clairsville before falling to West Holmes in the district final.

The Wildcats won both meetings during the regular season over Big Red. Edison won in four games in a match played inside the Crimson Center, and then the Wildcats swept Big Red last Tuesday night at home on Senior Night.

“We can’t get beat at the net,” Meyer said. “We have to beat them at the net. We have to block well. We have to slow down their big hitters. We have to defend (Caitlin) Brenstuhl’s tips. We have to play good defense. We can’t have hitting errors. We have to put the ball in play.

“May the best team win. Edison is a good team. It is hard to beat a team three times in one season. We are going to have to play our best against Edison. We are going to have to play like we did against Meadowbrook. If we play like we did against Meadowbrook, it should be a very competitive match. We are going to have to come ready to play.”

Edison is coached by Leah Eft, who played for Meyer at Edison.