Wildcats end Big Red’s season

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Edison is back in the sectional co-final.

The Edison volleyball team defeated Big Red 25-20, 25-20, 25-14, in an Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional semifinal Tuesday night on John Jenkins Court at St. Clairsville High School.

“It was all right,” Edison (17-6) head coach Leah Eft said about the match. “We dug ourselves too many holes and too many ditches we had to get back out of.”

The Wildcats have advanced to the sectional co-final at 6 p.m. Saturday against Carrollton, which defeated Buckeye Local 25-8, 25-7, 25-11, in Tuesday’s first semifinal match.

The loss was a tough one for the Big Red players and coaches.

“They are a great group of girls,” Big Red (14-10) head coach Lynn Meyer said. “They worked hard. They worked hard all year. They have given Big Red volleyball a name, and we have some girls coming up who will continue that name.”

For Edison, Alexis Gill tallied two points, one ace, four kills, three blocks, two digs and two assists; Caitlin Brenstuhl collected 20 assists, three points, one ace, four kills and one block; and Katelyn Pollock produced three points, two aces, 11 kills, one block and one assists.

Cassady Jarvis recorded 10 points, three aces, 16 kills and two blocks, Maddie Williamson delivered six points, three kills and two digs and Kalee Neal ended up with 11 points and two digs.

Sarah Ross scored three points to go along with one ace, Mackenzie Berardinelli added two digs and Kim Wilson chipped in with one kill. Jackie Wiedaman netted one point.

Edison won all three matches between the Jefferson County rivals this season. The Wildcats lost just one game in three matches. Edison has won seven straight games in the three matches this year.

“Nope,” Eft said asked if either team did anything differently in Tuesday’s match compared to the other two meetings. “Sometimes, you just put it out there. Everybody knows everybody, and you just hope they play hard.”

For Big Red, Abby Taylor tallied five points, four kills, six assists, seven blocks and six digs; Mytia Barker recorded five points, one kill and six digs; and Taylor Young ended up with one point, two kills and four assists.

Brittany Bodo collected four points and one kill; Annie Nehrbas contributed five kills and two blocks; and Carmie Biasi scored one point to go along with six digs. Rhiannon Petrisko finished with one kill and two blocks.

“Big Red always plays us well,” Eft said. “I think you have a touch of the rivalry there. They took a set from us the first time we played them.”

The loss was the final match for Big Red’s five seniors – Taylor, Barker, Biasi, Bodo and Amanda Roscoe.

“They worked hard,” Meyer said. “They have been leaders. There are going to be big shoes to fill. Four of them were starters.”

The Warriors defeated the Wildcats during the season. Eft scouted Carrollton during its match against Buckeye Local Tuesday night.

“They have some good hitters,” Eft said. “They have some good blockers. We are definitely going to have to play better against them to win. They are a good program. Our girls are going to have to dig deep. We are going to have to play with a lot of heart and intensity against Carrollton if we want to come out of the match with a win.”

The Warrior’s win over the Wildcats came in Edison’s second match of the season.

“We are 100 percent a different team,” Eft said. “We have made a lot of changes. We have made a lot of mental changes.”

Eft said last year’s sectional loss to Indian Creek should serve as a motivational factor heading into Saturday night’s match against top-seeded Carrollton.

“It better,” she said. “I don’t know how you could not be motivated for a sectional final after what happened last year. If you can’t get up for that, I don’t know what else can be done.”