ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The East Liverpool volleyball team won the final two games of the match to rally from two one-game deficits to defeat Beaver Local, 21-25, 25-14, 14-25, 25-22, 15-8, in Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional action on John Jenkins Court at St. Clairsville High School Monday.
"When we play Beaver Local it is the backyard brawl," East Liverpool (13-10) head coach Bob Shansky said. "In the first game, our girls gave a valiant effort. We won the second game. They won the third game.
"We won the fourth game. We were down 21-19. I told the girls they needed to keep their heads up and that we needed to play mistake-free for the next six points, and that is exactly what they did. Then, we went to win the fifth game."
Beaver Local (8-14) head coach Sarah Lowe said it was a great match.
"Absolutely," she said. "You always hate for the season to end, but to have a match like that against your rival, it makes ending your season a little easier."
Individually for the Potters, Sierra Voorhees scored 14 points to go along with 68 sets and 14 assists, Madison White tallied 70 sets and 14 assists and Kiara Cowart contributed 12 kills.
Caitlyn Davis delivered 16 kills, Taylor Ward recorded six kills and Paige Craig collected 17 points. Kylie Golden ended up with 18 digs.
"All year long our problem has been serving consistency," Shansky said. "Tonight, we were able to serve consistency. That made a big difference. We were missing five or six serves not in a match, but in a single game. Our serving made the difference.
"We were lucky. We passed well.
"I don't if I have had a team that talked as much they did. They talked a lot. They wanted it, and we were able to do it."
Beaver Local had the momentum after the third game, but the Beavers couldn't put the Potters away.
Based on the history between the teams, everyone expected a hard-fought match that would come down to the end, and that is exactly what they got to see.
"Absolutely," she said. "Coach Shansky and I were talking, and we both said it is always a battle when we play," said Lowe. "It seems like a lot of the matches go five games. Both teams played extremely well and with a lot of heart."
With the win, East Liverpool will now play Meadowbrook at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Clairsville.
"They are very good," Shansky said. "They have beaten us down here before. We watched them play in the OVAC Tournament. We are going to have to be ready for them.
"You watch them play, and you take notes and you scout them. They are in a tough league. We are going to have to play well against them."