ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Edison's run has come to an end.
The Carrollton volleyball team led for the majority of the match en route to defeating Edison 25-19, 25-21, 25-14, in an Ohio Division II Eastern District sectional co-final Saturday night on John Jenkins Court inside St. Clairsville High School.
"It just wasn't our night," Edison (17-7) head coach Leah Eft said.
"Carrollton is definitely a great team. They have a good program. Their defense scrapped things up today, and we were not ready for that. They did things I didn't think they would do."
The Warriors (21-3) advance to the Eastern District final against Meadowbrook Thursday on the same court. Meadowbrook defeated Minerva 25-19, 25-18, 15-25, 25-21, in Saturday night's second co-final match.
Individually for Edison, Katelyn Pollock collected five points, one ace, 10 kills, two blocks, one dig and one assist, Cassady Jarvis recorded six points, one ace, eight kills and two blocks and Alexis Gill added three points, one ace, four kills, two blocks and one assist.
Caitlin Brenstuhl tallied 19 assists, three kills and one dig, Maddie Williamson delivered three points and one dig and Kalee Neal ended up with two digs.
The Warriors also defeated the Wildcats in the second match of the season.
"I definitely think their defense was better thinking all the way back to the second game of the season," Eft said. "Their defense was great tonight."
The Wildcats held the lead just six times on the night. Three of those times came in Game 1, and three came in Game 2.
In the first game, Edison led 1-0, 14-13 and 15-14. The Wildcats also led the second game 1-0, 2-1 and 3-1.
"We just couldn't keep our serve," Eft said. "That really hurt us. It was a mixture of us not being aggressive, and them doing what they were supposed to do."
The Wildcats scored first in Game 1, but the Warriors quickly gained the momentum as Carrollton built a 12-5 advantage.
As they have throughout the season, the Wildcats fought back. Edison went on a 9-1 spurt to take a 14-13 forcing Carrollton to call timeout. After the Warriors tied the score, the Wildcats tallied the next point to regain the lead, but Carrollton once again gained the momentum.
The Warriors led 24-17, but the Wildcats did not throw in the towel. Edison delivered two-straight points to close the gap, but in the end the girls from Carroll County tallied the final point of the game to win the game and to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Both teams advanced to the co-final by recording sweeps in the semifinals Tuesday night. Carrollton toppled Buckeye Local in the first match of the night, while Edison defeated Big Red for the third time in the season in Tuesday's nightcap.
The co-final match was the final one for Edison's six seniors - Pollock, Brenstuhl, Williamson, Neal, Gill and Jackie Wiedaman.
"We did not want to leave that locker room with the seniors moving on," Eft said. "They are very upset. It is very tough seeing them leave. I don't think it is possible to fill the shoes they are leaving behind.
"They are amazing girls. They have amazing spirit. I hoped the spirit would help us win the match."
With the four seniors who graduated in the spring, the Wildcats have lost 10 girls off of their team in the last two years.
"We have one junior," Eft said. "It is definitely going to be a very different game for us next year. Our base has always been our seniors. They are our backbone, and we aren't going to have that next year.
"We do have junior Cassady Jarvis returning. She is going to be a real force to be reckoned with next year. I'm looking forward to watching her."