Local teams come up empty at OVAC Volleyball Tourney

The OVAC Volleyball Championships can be both surprising and disappointing as the four top teams in each division battle for the trophy.

The 3A class promised to be the toughest competition of the day and did not disappoint. The number two seed Tyler Consolidated battled with number three seed Monroe Central in the semifinals for two hours of what fans described as “inspired volleyball.”

The Seminoles (15-2) won the opener 25-20 but the Silver Knights (19-1)were there to prove they were legitimate contenders. Tyler Consolidated evened the score and forced the third and final set with a 25-23 win in game two.

The Silver Knights looked poised to eliminate the “Noles with a 24-12 advantage but Monroe Central battled back to tie it up at 24 apiece and then moved ahead to 25-24 with a chance to turn the tables.

Tyler got their side out and then celebrated as a spike landed outside the lines, but the whistle from the podium waved off the win as the Silver Knights were cited for a net violation knotting the scoreboard once again at 26 all.

This time Tyler Consolidated’s celebration would not be shortened by the officials as they moved to the finals against top seeded Shenandoah, 28-26.

It was also a disappointing day for the Shamrocks in 3-A as they lost 25-20 and 25-16 to the Zeps in their semifinal game.

The Silver Knights would win the 3-A trophy over the Zeps. The ‘Noles won the consolidation match over the Shamrocks 25-19, 25-23.

In 1-A, both St John Central and Beallsville won their opening set but fell in three sets to Paden City and Weirton Madonna, respectively. Beallsville won the consolation match in two sets.

Top seed Madonna won the 1-A championship title, Steubenville Central was crowned 2-A champion. In that class, the Bridgeport Bulldogs would lose their semifinal to the Crusaders 25-8, 25-19. Bridgeport recovered to win the consolation match over Clay-Battelle 25-18, 28-26.

Top seeded Oak Glen won 4-A. Union Local would lose its semifinal in 4-A to East Liverpool 25-15, 25-23.

Number four seed Edison surprised the field, defeating Indian Creek in the opener and Parkersburg South in the finals to win the 5-A trophy.