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CCHS volleyball focused on positives after loss

STEUBENVILLE — It was not the start the Catholic Central volleyball team was looking for.

Catholic Central played well early on in its match against Cambridge, but the Bobcats found their groove and ended up sweeping the Crusaders, 25-15, 25-18, 25-5, Saturday afternoon inside the Mickey Barber Gymnasium.

“Was it the start we wanted? No, but we had a lot of great moments in the match,” first-year Catholic Central head coach Monica Fischer said. “We also had some rough moments in the match. We are going to learn from the rough moments. We are going to take the great moments from the match, and we are going to focus on those. This was our first match. I know the girls are capable of a lot more.”

Cambridge got better throughout the match.

“We played awesome,” Cambridge head coach Debbie McClarren said. “We got off to a slow start at first, but then we got the nerves out. This was our first match of the season. The girls looked good.”

For Catholic Central, Clara Symington collected eight digs and two kills, Adriana LeFever finished with three assists and one ace and Katelynn Dorsey tallied 16 digs. Theresa Bahen finished with three digs and Jayda Jones delivered one ace.

“We haven’t seen them at all,” McClarren said about the Crusaders. “We prepared like we normally do.”

For Cambridge, Khloe Taylor tallied 24 points, 13 digs, seven kills, one assist, five aces and one block, Kensley Taylor collected 11 points, 10 digs, seven kills, two assists, one ace and two blocks and JayLynn McClarren contributed nine points, seven digs, four kills, 25 assists, one ace and one block. Sydney Knaup produced 11 points, three digs, five kills, three aces and two blocks and Maggie Woods delivered eight points, five digs, one kill and two aces.

“Cambridge is always our home opener,” Fischer said. “They are a tough team. They have got some great hitters. They move the ball around well. They pretty much did what we expected them to do. Our team was able to get some digs, and we were able to adjust to some things. I am proud of them for that.”

The match was delayed near the end of the second game due to water dripping down from the ceiling onto the court.

“We hit the ball well,” coach McClarren said. “We passed the ball well. We passed the ball better today than we have done in a few weeks.”

The Crusaders are looking to build off of the positives in the match as they go into the rest of their season.

“You always try to build off of something,” Fischer said.

Cambridge is scheduled to play Shenandoah Monday at home.

“It is always nice to start the season with a win,” Coach McClarren said. “It is a good start.”

Catholic Central is slated to play Southern Local at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the road. The Indians won the OVAC Class 2A Tournament title last season.

“They are a good team,” Fischer said.

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