BYESVILLE -- St. Clairsville and Barnesville bowed out of the D-III sectional volleyball tournament at Meadowbrook High School Thursday night as Buckeye Trail and Fort Frye advanced to the district next week in Cambridge,
The Red Devils and Warriors battled through a 5-set classic, posting scores of 25-14, 26-28, 25-20, 19-25 and 15-11.
After hanging with the Warriors through the first half of the opening set, the Red Devils struggled in the remainder as their opponents rallied for the 11-point win.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE’S Alexis St. Clair spikes the ball over a pair of Buckeye Trail defenders Thursday night in Division III sectional action at Meadowbrook High School. The Warriors won.
St. Clairsville head coach Christa Truchan said she knew the importance of momentum in the game of volleyball and re-grouped her Red Devils. After 15 ties, getting a sideout and facing game-point on three different occasions, the Red Devils finally got their chance at game-point in the second set. Junior Alexis St. Clair got the winning kill to even the match.
St. Clairsville came out in the third set and moved out to an early 10-5 lead. Lady Warriors head coach Jeff Beros is finishing his 23rd season and rallied his team to make up the difference, finally pulling even at 18. From there on Buckeye Trail outscored St. Clairsville 7-2 to put the Red Devils' backs against the wall.
Facing elimination, St. Clairsville would move ahead of the Warriors 20-14 and send the match into the final fifth set.
The final set would once again start out as a back-and-forth battle with both teams knotted at seven. It was at that moment Buckeye Trail got back the momentum, and in the short round that was enough to seal the win.
"I told our four seniors that I was very proud of them," Truchan said. "Last year we were not anywhere near where we are this season.
"Buckeye Trail is a good team and tonight we stayed right with them It could have been anybody's game." she added. "We came out a little slow tonight, but I am so proud of how we fought so hard."
Leading the way for the Red Devils with 17 points, nine kills and eight blocks was St. Clair.
Senior Brigee Mick added nine points and nine kills and 32 digs. Classmate Gabbie Espen had 27 assists and 23 digs, while senior Summer Gallentine had 25 digs. Rebecca Sadowski had eight points and eight kills.
The Red Devils close the season ledger at 14-7.
The Shamrocks struggled against Fort Frye falling in three sets 25-13, 25-15 and 25-23. Barnesville rallied late in the third set to make it close but veteran head coach Nikki McEndree was still proud of her young squad.
Obviously this was not our best outing tonight," McEndree said. "We are a young team with just one senior and I think we have finished better than anybody expected us to be this season."
The Shamrocks finished with a 17-6 record.
Miranda Plumly led at the net with 11 kills also digging up a dozen. Paige Huntsman added nine assists, eight digs and three kills. Sydney Ralston served a perfect 21 across the net, earning 14 points with five digs and three kills. Shasta Roberts contributed nine digs, Layna Broomhall set 11 assists and dug up three. Senior libero Paige Wright dug up 11.
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