STEUBENVILLE – The Catholic Central volleyball team played a strong overall game against Buckeye Local.
The Panthers fought back, but the Crusaders managed to retreat in all three games en route to sweep their Jefferson County foe, 25-18, 25-18, 25-10, Monday night at home inside the Mickey Barber Gymnasium.
“I am happy,” Catholic Central freshman head coach (9-6) said Jenna Ogden. âBuckeye Local is a bigger school. It was a big victory for us. We have some big games coming up. Hopefully we can race and get some big wins before the OVACs and the tournament. “
After Buckeye Local scored the first five points of the second set, the Crusaders led the Panthers, 50-23, the rest of the way.
“I think we played really well” Buckeye Local head coach (1-7) said Lisa DiBias.
âI think it’s the best game we’ve played all year. I thought we were competitive.
For Catholic Central, Jayda Jones had eight assists, Haley Cherepko had 13 assists and Gianna Scugoza had six aces.
“They have a big mid-hitter No 10 (Clara Symington),” said DiBias. âWe had to work against it. We tried to block it. Their libero is a good server. We competed. The score does not tell the whole story.
For Buckeye Local, Pamela Kandrich contributed two kills, one block, nine kills and 11 points, Abby Berze had four kills, 14 kills and three digs and Samantha Ankrom had six points, seven digs and two aces. In addition, Brynn McKeever delivered one kill, nine kills and seven points, Isabella Hepburn produced 10 kills and three blocks, and Shayleigh Hornyak added three kills and three blocks. Finally, Kassidy George recorded 15 excavations.
“I feel like Buckeye Local is still big”, Ogden said. âI told the girls in practice that Buckeye Local is tall and we’re going to have to block well. They got their hands on some of our worst hit bullets. Good for them. It is a difficult skill to have. “
The Crusaders took an 11-3 lead in the first set, forcing the Panthers to request a timeout. Buckeye Local fired back and moved closer to 15-9, forcing Catholic Central to request a time out. The home team regrouped and pulled away for a 25-18 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the game.
Buckeye Local took a 5-0 lead in the second set, but the visitors failed to maintain their lead. Catholic Central took the lead and the Crusaders again won the game by seven points to take a 2-0 lead.
“I told the girls, and I tell them all the time, that serving wins matches” Ogden said. âI think it’s really important. I think maybe we only missed one service today. We were able to score a lot of points.
The hosts built an 11-3 advantage in the third set, forcing Buckeye Local to request a time out. The Panthers called for another time out with the score of 16-7, but failed to turn the tide as the Crusaders pulled away to win the game by 15 en route to sweep the game.
“A victory is a victory,” Ogden said. âIt’s a victory. Buckeye Local has a good team. You have to play well to beat a good team. We still made some mistakes which we will need to correct as we prepare for the tournament. “
Catholic Central is scheduled to play at St. John’s Academy tonight on the road. The JV match will start at 6 p.m.
Buckeye Local is scheduled to play at Martins Ferry on Wednesday. The JV match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.