STEUBENVILLE - Letting a team hang round is never a good thing in any sport. When given the opportunity, you need to put your opponent away.
In what turned out to be a thrilling match, the Big Red and St. Clairsville volleyball teams failed to finish, but in the end Big Red was finally able to put St. Clairsville away.
It just took them five games to do it.
Big Red held late leads in all five games only to see the Red Devils rally. St. Clairsville was able to rally twice en route to winning games, but the visitors from Belmont County were not able to complete the final rally as Big Red held on for a 25-27, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-12, victory Thursday night inside the Crimson Center.
"It was a great match by both teams," Big Red (5-3) head coach Lynn Meyer said.
The win came in Big Red's third match in three days. Big Red went 2-1 during that stretch, losing to Edison Tuesday then beating city rival Catholic Central Wednesday.
"We play Minerva and Dover on Saturday," Meyer said. "This is a big week for us. It is a busy week for us. We played three times in three days. That is tough. That is hard for the kids to do."
St. Clairsville won the first two games of the match Thursday night, but the Red Devils were unable to finish off Big Red.
"It was definitely a very good match," St. Clairsville (7-4) head coach Christa Truchan said. "I give them credit. They picked up a lot. We have to learn to finish."
For Big Red, Taylor Young netted 10 points, eight kills, 10 digs and 14 assists, Abby Taylor tallied 10 points, eight kills, three blocks, 11 digs and 22 assists and Brittany Bodo collected 11 points, 10 kills, eight digs and three assists. Mytia Barker recorded 10 points, six kills and 10 digs, Annie Nehrbas nine points, 12 kills and nine blocks, Lysaih Rice three kills and four blocks and Carmie Biasi 14 points and 25 digs.
"We beat East Liverpool in our first match in five sets," Meyer said. "This was only our second five-set match. This was the first time we won trailing 2-0 since I have been coaching here.
"It is clutch to be down like that and to be able to come back. We had some kids hit some big, big shots. We had some big hits. I'm just so proud of them."
For St. Clairsville, Alexis St. Clair contributed 21 points, 17 kills and five blocks, Brigee Mick 18 points, four aces and 27 digs, Gabbie Espen 23 points and 44 assists, Summer Gallentine 30 digs, and Megan Teater three blocks.
"I am proud of the girls," Truchan said. "I am proud of the way they continued to fight. They had to deal with circumstances that were beyond their control."
Big Red led 24-19 in the first game only to see St. Clairsville rally to win the game to take the early lead in the match.
At one point, Big Red's advantage was 20-11. The Red Devils rallied to tie the score at 21.
"I have to give them credit," Meyer said. "They came back in every game.
"Our kids knew it was crunch time. They picked up. They played ball when they had to."
The same thing happened in Game 2.
Big Red led 23-21, but the Red Devils scored the final four points of the game to go up 2-0 in the match.
"We are going to have to keep working hard," Truchan said. "We are going to have to keep our focus. We are going to have to finish."
In the third game, Big Red led 22-20 only to see St. Clairsville come back and tie the game at 22. Big Red scored the final three points of the game to close within, 2-1.
"There were some great volleys," Meyer said. "They played great defense. They picked up a lot of balls."
In Game 4, the hosts led 19-17 only to see the visitors battle back to tie the score at 19-all. Big Red responded to score the final six points to win the game and even the match.
"They played through it," Meyer said. "It is about that self confidence I talked about last night. That's important."
The Red Devils led the fifth-and-deciding game 9-4 at one point only to see Big Red fight its way back into it. Big Red led 14-11, but the Red Devils refused to go away quietly as St. Clairsville cut its deficit to two points.
"We may see them again," Meyer said. "I think they are right behind us in the OVAC."
St. Clairsville is slated to return to the court Monday at home against Coshocton.
"It was a battle," Truchan said. "It always is when we play them. Give credit to Steubenville. They hustled. We just came up a little short."
Bears stop Wildcats
RICHMOND - The Oak Glen boys soccer team defeated host Edison, 6-0, Thursday.
Devin Polen had the hat trick with two of the goals assisted by Justin Bailey.
Bailey, Cullen Bennett and Addison Sayre also scored with assists from Bathan Fryer and Sayre. Nate Bennett had five saves and Dylan Garmire three.
Edison's Josh Wioka totaled eight saves.
The Wildcats host Jefferson County Christian at 11 a.m. Saturday, while the Golden Bears visit Steubenville at noon Saturday.
Edison defeats Redskins
RICHMOND - The Edison girls soccer team is 4-2 after Thursday's 6-2 victory over visiting Indian Creek.
Allie Byrley recorded a hat trick for the Wildcats with Kylie Long, Bethanie Bube and Amara Proffitt scoring the other goals. Melissa Tran, Bube and Chelsea Zdinak had the assists. Katie Oinonen stopped five shots.
Hallie Schmitt and Jalyn Thompson scored for the Redskins. Kristen Shimko totaled 11 saves and Hannah Webb three.
Edison visits Harrison Central at 11 a.m. Saturday. Indian Creek entertains Weir on Monday.
Big Red blanked
WHEELING - The Wheeling Central girls soccer team defeated visiting Steubenville, 5-0, Thursday.
Loren Gray finished with 11 saves for Big Red.
"We played tough, we had a lot of ball movement and some real possession against a quality team," said Big Red coach Jared Robinson. "There were a lot of positives that my girls will be able to take away from this."
Bailey Clark had two goals and two assists, Ashton Cross two goals and an assist and Kate Calisst a goal. Regan Blaha had five saves.
"Central is a tough program with two legit attackers on top and then you add in a sweeper who can boot the ball 50 yards and put it on goal every time," said Robinson. "But, my girls played with them and never gave up. We'll learn from this and move on."
Redskins top Warriors
CARROLLTON - The Indian Creek boys soccer team raised its record to 5-2 with a 4-2 victory over host Carrollton Thursday.
Russell Ratcliffe scored three times and Kyle Probert added one. Max Lewis recorded an assist. Andrew Price stopped 11 shots and Zack Barker three for the Redskins.
Matt Boreland and Austin Kiefer scored for Carrollton. Mason Pasuik finished with 14 saves.
Indian Creek visits St. Clairsville for a 10 a.m. Saturday contest.
NEW MARTINSVILLE - Jason Criss and Dominic DiCarlo each scored a pair of goals as the Steubenville Big Red soccer team cruised past host Magnolia, 6-1, Thursday.
Alex Isla and Blake Mullen also scored for Big Red, while Tanner Westlake, Jorge Dominguez and Ethan Brown had the assists. John-Paul Duff totaled eight saves.
Oscar Celedon scored for Magnolia. Frankie Grilli had 19 saves.
Big Red (6-1) hosts Oak Glen at noon Saturday.
Wildcats sweep Panthers
RAYLAND - The Edison volleyball team swept host Buckeye Local 25-16, 25-10, 25-9 Thursday.
For the Wildcats, Alexis Gill had two points and eight kills, Cassady Jarvis five points and eight kills, Maddie Williamson 12 points and two aces, Kayleigh Westbrook one dig, Katelyn Pollock five points and 13 kills, Caitlin Brenstuhl 31 assists, 13 points, six aces and two kills, Jackie Wiedaman six points and two kills and Kalee Neal four points and two digs.
For the Panthers, Amanda Barbarossa and one kill, Becky Zeroski two assists, Kierstyn Czuchran one point and one block, Lexus Fedorko five points and three digs Morgan Fedorko two points and three kills, Morgan Staten three points, two kills and six digs, Nicolette Devore: three assists and Leslie Renforth three points and three digs.
Huskies defeat Panthers
RAYLAND - Ian Saho and Austin Kowalski shared medalist honors Thursday at BecWood Golf Course as the Harrison Central golf team defeated Buckeye Local, 177-202.
Bryce Walrath carded a 45 and Evan Ossman a 48 for the Huskies.
For the Panthers, Eric Williams shot 47, Dan Duill 8, Brennan Czuchran 49 and Josh Faldowski 58.
Mohigans shut out Weir
MORGANTOWN - The Weir High girls soccer team lost so host Morgantown, 4-0, Thursday.
Alyssa Kelly totaled 14 saves for the Red Riders.
Maggie Snively scored twice and Brittany Cameron and Makayla Schmidt for the Mohigans. Goalie Tisha Zichawski did not make a save.
Knights stop Cadets
TORONTO - The Toronto volleyball team moved above .500 at 6-5 with a 25-15, 16-25, 26-24, 25-21 win over visiting Linsly Thursday.
"Well, I told the ladies that it was our prettiest ugly win," said Red Knights head coach Chelsey Fletcher. "Some ladies were having a flat mental night but they showed their varsity level mentality by digging out and that is something our program has worked diligently on and will continue to do so."
Chelsea Anderson had 13 points, eight kills and seven digs, Amber Fuller 25 points, three kills and three digs, Katie Spadafora 10 kills, nine points and three blocks, Mykia West two kills, Emily Anderson 13 points and 10 digs, Josey Jones 23 points, 12 kills and five 5 digs, Miranda Robinson eight points, three kills, four digs and seven assists and Seneca Burkey five assists and three digs.
"Our outside hitters (Chelsea Anderson and Jones) kept us in the game with some crucial digs and kills," said Fletcher. "Emily Anderson covered the corners phenomenally and made crucial back court calls that let us capitalize on their errors. We ended another long week positively and return on our home court Monday against Madonna."
Monarchs top Bruins
MOUNDSVILLE - The Brooke volleyball team dropped a 25-16, 26-24, 15-25, 25-12 decision to homestanding John Marshall Thursday.
Kourtney Leonard totaled seven points, five aces, two kills and 17 digs, Angela Staffileno six points, three aces, 16 blocks and six kills, Emily Stuck six points, nine blocks, nine digs and eight assists and Alexa Girard 10 points, two aces, two blocks and two kills.
Courtney Elliott chipped in with three points and 25 digs, Abby Adams two points, three blocks and two digs, Krista D'Ullise six points and three digs, Alivia Brown eight digs, Jentzen Kowcheck six digs and Courtney Koscevic three points, two aces and three blocks.
The Bruins (4-8) host Catholic Central on Monday.
Potters nip Bears
NEW MANCHESTER - Ashley Click scored the only goal with 2:28 left in the first half as the East Liverpool girls soccer team defeated Oak Glen, 1-0, Thursday at the Oak Glen Multi Sports Complex.
Erin Fields notched six saves for the Golden Bears and Chelsea Passage 26 saves for the Potters.
Central, Dover tie
DOVER - The Steubenville Catholic Central girls soccer team tied host Dover, 1-1, Thursday.
Dover's Jessica Jones scored at the 37-minute mark of the second half and the Crusaders' Sydney Huff tied it up late in the game with an unassisted goal of her own.
Central keeper Moriah Vosteen finished with 12 saves.
The Crusaders (3-3-2) host Brooke on Monday.