Big Red tops Weir

WEIRTON – The Big Red volleyball team is peaking at the right time of the season.

Steubenville team continued its recent strong play by defeating Weir 25-22, 25-17, 25-18, Thursday night inside the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse.

“It was a good night,” Big Red (13-6) head coach Lynn Meyer said. “We have played great the last two nights. We have reached two goals we wanted to achieve this season. First, we qualified for the OVAC Tournament. Second, we wanted to finish with a winning record. We will do that.

“We will be playing on our home court. That is fantastic. The girls are excited.”

Weir has won two matches this season.

“The match was better,” Weir head coach Carrie Magnone said. “It was a lot better. I am much happier tonight with how we played.”

Individually for Big Red, Brittany Bodo delivered 14 points, five aces, four kills, seven digs and two assists. Mytia Barker recorded 17 points, six aces, five kills and five digs and Abby Taylor tallied six points, three kills and 15 assists.

Taylor Young collected five points, six kills and eight assists and Annie Nehrbas scored four points to

go along with four kills and two blocks.

Lysiah Rice contributed four kills and two blocks and Carmie Biasi added 12 digs.

Individually for Weir, Kim Persina produced nine points, two aces, five kills, six blocks and nine digs and Ontasia Petteway collected eight points, one ace, two kills, five blocks and 10 digs. Selena Wolverton netted 10 points, five aces, three sets, one kill and one dig.

Elizabeth Kush contributed six points, one ace, three kills, four blocks and three digs. Michayla Dobosz delivered three points, two aces, two assists and 10 digs and Hannah Hinerman netted one point, one kill and six digs.

Samantha McCartney chipped in with six points, one ace and 41 sets, Megan Longwell tallied one point, one ace and nine sets and Morgan Goff finished with one point and nine digs. Samantha Tate ended up with two sets and 19 digs.

“The season has gone OK,” Magnone said. “Things are going better.”

Big Red also defeated the Red Riders earlier this season.

“We changed how we covered,” Meyer said about the differences in the two matches. “We adjusted. We changed our serve-receive. We worked on a couple of things. It is a good time to do that.

“Overall, I was pleased. We need to get more consistent with our hitting. We are playing better. Everybody is.”

The Red Riders also made a few changes in Thursday’s match.

“We made some position changes,” Magnone said. “That is really all we did. We took pressure off of the girls.”

Weir’s next match is Monday at John Marshall. Big Red is scheduled to return to the court Tuesday at Edison.

“We play our last regular season game Tuesday against Edison,” Meyer said. “There is a nice rivalry there. We are going to be ready to play. It is going to be a good match. We are looking forward to it.”