The Indian Creek volleyball team defeated Martins Ferry in straight sets, 25-15, 32-30, 25-16, Monday as both teams played in their first game of the season.
Martins Ferry volleyball started off its season with a litmus test for any OVAC contender, Indian Creek. The Redskins have taken a loss in the OVAC title match the last 5 seasons and they are on a mission to wear the crown in 2012.
"I was really happy with how we played," Indian Creek head coach Crystal Hammack said. "We were really beginning to mesh against Martins Ferry. Tonight, we were ready to go."
MARTINS FERRY’S Tyrah King goes up for a spike during Monday’s volleyball match against Indian?Creek inside the Tolbert Gymnasium. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
The Creek would claim the first match with relative ease, but the second was a volleyball battle fans would not expect to see on opening day of the season. The two squads traded side outs as the Purple Riders used ball placement and tenacious digging to take their opponents to seven game-point serves before the Redskins prevailed, 32-30.
"I told the girls that despite the loss I was very proud of their effort tonight," said Martins Ferry head coach Chuck Probst. "The girls really wanted to win tonight, they were pumped up for this game because we knew Indian Creek was a force to be reckoned with."
"It is hard to combat their height," Probst added. "When the tall girls are in the back row, that is when we need to press the advantage and I thought we did that well in the second match."
Martins Ferry committed service errors at critical junctures in the second match after tying the score late in the match, "We have 2 juniors and 3 freshman in our starting rotation, but that is by no means an excuse," said Probst. "I counted four service errors late in the second match and against teams the caliber of Creek you can not make many unforced errors and expect to come away with a win."
Shaina Oberdick led the Lady Riders with 10 kills, serving up 9 points with 4 aces and one block. Tyrah King notched 8 deadly spikes,
Dakota West dug up 10, Cassie Hanson added 9 digs, 6 assist and 3 kills. Shaye DeLeonardis added 6 assists, four digs and 3 kills for the Purple.
Bre Berryman led Indian Creek with 14 kills. Brey Mays dug up 15 with 3 kills, Jessica Furda added 14 digs with 24 assists. Whitney Martin contributed 10 digs, 5 kills with 3 blocks. Kiarra Kamaree sent 5 deadly spikes across the net, blocked 4 and added 3 digs for the Lady
"Our key is going to be peaking at the right time this season," said Hammack as Creek (1-0) travels to neighboring Steubenville tonight.
Martins Ferry (0-1) will get back to work Wednesday traveling to Harrison Central.