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Third time not the charm for Big Red against Potters

ASSISTING — Steubenville’s Emily Allen sets up a pass against East Liverpool during a Division II sectional final on Wednesday. - Jimmy Joe Savage

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Big Red volleyball team’s season came to an end on Wednesday with a sectional loss to East Liverpool on the road.

The Potters were sharp in a 25-19, 25-21, 25-17 win over Big Red.

“Losing is never easy or fun — however, I am proud of this team despite the loss,” Big Red head coach Kristin Taylor said. “I am excited for the future of Big Red volleyball. While we will miss our only graduating senior Sammi Cucarese, we have a promising future with talented girls. This season’s success is only beginning of what’s to come.”

The Potters are 14-9 and will face Meadowbrook on Tuesday at a site to be determined.

East Liverpool, the fourth seed, had beaten Big Red twice in the regular season but did go to five games in the second regular season meeting.

“I wasn’t worried about them,” East Liverpool coach Kelly Kiger said. “I was more worried about us. It’s the end of the season and everyone is sore but we pulled through and played strong. After that Oak Glen match (in the OVAC final on Saturday), I was really proud of how they played today. Also I think the seniors wanted to play well since it was their last time on the floor.”

Meadowbrook is the sixth seed and came up short of qualifying for the OVAC Class 4A tournament.

“I don’t know much about Meadowbrook, but I’m going to try to look for some highlights from them and start to prepare,” Kiger said.

For Big Red, Emily Allen led with 14 points, five aces, 22 assists and four digs; Anna Taylor had three points, 13 kills, one block and 10 digs; Makayla Abram collected two points, four kills and seven blocks; and Kylie Maxwell contributed five kills and two blocks.

For the Potters, Emma Ludwig had 28 kills, three blocks and two aces. Gabby George had 22 assists and four aces. Sharnae Wilson added 13 kills and a block. Addisyn Galeoti had 12 digs.

In other Division II action, No. 6 seed Meadowbrook defeated No. 10 Indian Creek in Byesville, 25-12, 25-14, 25-13.

In Division IV, which was played at Shenandoah, No. 9 seed Beallsville upset No. 7 seed Toronto, 25-14, 25-15, 23-25, 25-10.

At Monroe Central, No. 4 seed Monroe Central defeated No. 8 seed Catholic Central, 25-12, 25-16, 25-17.

For the Crusaders, Theresa Bahen had 14 digs and two points. Adriana LeFever had six assists, two aces, six digs and six points. Anna Godich recorded two kills, four assists, eight digs and four points. Kate Dorsey added 15 digs and two points.

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