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OVAC volleyball Saturday

Indian?Creek captures long-awaited trophy

October 13, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - The Indian Creek and Edison volleyball trilogy came to a thrilling finish.

In the end, the top-seeded Redskins were able to pull away down the stretch to hold off the second-seeded Wildcats, 25-22, 23-25, 25-17, to win the OVAC Class 5A Tournament title Saturday evening inside the Crimson Center at Big Red.

"It was a fantastic match," Edison (16-6) head coach Leah Eft said. "It always is with them."

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The title was the Redskins' sixth tournament title, and the first under current head coach Crystal Hammack. Indian Creek won five-straight tournament titles from 1997 to 2001 under the guidance of former head coach Erin DeSantis.

"It's huge," Indian Creek (18-2) head coach Crystal Hammack said. "It is one of our goals. It is one of the goals the kids set for themselves this season.

"It is a testament to how hard our kids play and how hard they work."

The Wildcats have also won six tournament titles with the last one coming last season. Edison defeated Indian Creek in the semifinals en route to the title last year.

Individually for Indian Creek in Saturday's final, Bethany Davis scored seven points to go along with seven kills, 20 assists, one ace, one block and 13 digs, Whitney Martin netted two points, five kills, six blocks and 10 digs and Jessica Furda recorded seven points, one kill, 25 assists and four digs.

"We had to stay focused there at the end," said Furda, a four-year starter at setter. "We had to stay in the moment and not look ahead."

Kiarra Kamarec contributed four points, two kills, six blocks and three digs, Martina Marko produced nine points, one kill, one block and one dig and Bre Berryman ended up with 15 kills, 10 blocks and two digs.

Mallorie Sullivan tallied three points, one ace and 11 digs, Kaylee LaRue collected three points and eight digs and Alexis Fithen finished with two kills and one block.

"Most of our kids are healthy," Hammack said. "We have not been healthy all year. Our outside hitter (Martin) got hurt today, and we had to finagle our lineup in the third set. We are fortunate with the team that we have that we are able to rotate players in to fill positions."

Individually for Edison, Katelyn Pollock collected nine points, eight kills, one assist, six aces, two blocks and one dig, Caitlin Brenstuhl tallied five points, three kills, 20 assists and one ace and Cassady Jarvis recorded one point, 17 kills and three blocks.

Alexis Gill added one point, four kills, one block and one dig, Kalee Neal ended up with 11 points, one kill and one ace and Maddie Williamson delivered one block and one dig.

Kimmy Wilson finished with one kill, and Mackenzie Berardinelli produced one dig.

The Wildcats were on the verge of being swept in Game 2, but Edison's veteran leaders came through in the clutch to force a third and deciding game.

"I attribute that to my seniors and my veteran junior," Eft said. "It is nice to know you can trust them when things aren't going so well."

Edison advanced to the tournament final by defeating No. 3 seed Morgantown, 25-19, 25-16.

Individually for the Wildcats, Brenstuhl tallied four points, six kills, 24 assists, two aces, three blocks and one dig, Jarvis recorded seven points, nine kills, two aces and five blocks and Pollock collected one point, nine kills, one block and one dig.

Also, Gill added five points, five kills, one assist and one block, Neal ended up with eight points, one assist, one ace and two digs and Williamson netted three points, three kills and one block.

For Morgantown (13-7), Sammie Parks scored four points to go along with five assists, one ace and one dig.

Indian Creek advanced to the match by defeating No. 4 seed Parkersburg South, 25-13, 25-15.

"We didn't know anything about them," Furda said of the Patriots. "We didn't know how they played, so we just had to do our jobs and play our type of volleyball. The team did a really good job of staying focused in that match."

Individually for the Redskins, Furda recorded seven points, five kills, 14 assists, five aces, two blocks and five digs, Davis scored nine points to go along with one kill, two aces, one block and nine digs and Kamarec contributed three points, two kills, two blocks and two digs.

Also, Martin ended up with eight points, six kills and six digs, Berryman netted two kills, three blocks and one dig and Fithen chipped in with four kills, one block and three digs.

Finally, LaRue delivered two points and six digs, and Sullivan added 10 digs.

Indian Creek also won the Class 5A regular season title this season.

"The regular season title is more about points," Hammack said.

For Parkersburg South (18-9-1), Taylor Ratliff tallied two points, 10 assists, one block and eight digs.

Parkersburg South defeated Morgantown in the consolation final, 25-23, 27-25.

For the Patriots, Ratliff finished with five points, two kills, 17 assists, two aces, one block and nine digs.

For the Mohigans, Parks scored five points to go along with 13 assists, one ace and four digs.

The Wildcats next match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night in the Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional Tournament down at St. Clairsville High School. Edison will play the winner of Monday's match between Big Red and Cambridge.

Indian Creek's next match is at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Minerva in the sectional tournament at St. Clairsville.

The Redskins defeated the Wildcats in the sectional co-final last season.

With the way things have gone so far this season, a fourth chapter may be written between these two schools down the road.

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