Both Indian Creek head coach Crystal Hammack and St. Clairsville head coach Christa Truchan spoke about how important momentum is in the sport of volleyball.
The Lady Redskins seized it early and, outside of a stretch in the second game when St. Clairsville appeared to be in control, never relinquished it en route to a three-game sweep of the homestanding Lady Red Devils Thursday evening on John Jenkins Court by scores of 25-15, 25-22 and 25-18.
"They took us out of all of the momentum that we've had," Truchan lamented. "We had a couple of mental breakdowns and those are things we have to avoid."
Hammack watched her team improve to 4-1 as it bounced back from its initial loss of the season to Edison earlier this week.
"Volleyball is a game of momentum and you can't let too many points get away," Hammack said. "We let a few get away in that second game, but we continued to push to try to get to where we need to be."
After cruising to the first-game victory, the Lady Redskins watched St. C. own the lead for most of second game before closing with the final six points and the victory.
"We were up. We were rolling in that second game," Truchan said. "We had a bad point and it really got away from us from there. We talked about some things that we need to work on and it starts with a couple of good practices and we'll get ready for Martins Ferry on Monday."
The Lady Redskins received fine play at the net from their twin towers of 6-5 sophomore Bre Berryman and 6-0 junior Kiarra Kamarec, who combined for 19 kills, eight blocks and 10 digs.
Individually, Berryman had 13 of those kills and seven blocks. Whitney Martin was also strong at the net with five blocks.
Jessica Furda turned in a fine all-around game with 23 assists, three aces, four kills, a block and nine digs. Bre Mays had 26 kills.
"Our intensity was much better tonight, which we were pleased with," Hammack said. "We're trying to make sure our girls are doing the right things and moving in the right direction. We want to peak at the right time of the year. It was nice to correct some of the things we did wrong (against Edison) because we had kind of a reality check."
Brigee Mick led St. Clairsville with seven points, two aces, nine digs and five kills. Ashleigh Moulder had seven kills and four blocks. Katelin Gandee had five aces. Allie Harrison added eight assists and Rebekah Sadlowski notched four kills.
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