CALCUTTA - The Potters and Beavers staged yet another instant classic.
The East Liverpool volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to come back and defeat Beaver Local, 22-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-13, Thursday at the Beaver Dome.
With the win, the Potters are now 4-2 on the season.
The Potters and Beavers play a junior varsity match on Thursday in Calcutta. (Photo by Richard Sberna)
"No matter what the records are, Beaver Local vs. East Liverpool this is what you see," East Liverpool head coach Bob Shansky said. "We didn't play great the first two. The second one we really played bad, and then we just sparked.
"It seemed like in the middle of that third game that it got into their heads that they have got to start to really play up. With the heat in here and everything, they stayed right with them. I am proud of them.
"We told them that you have to finish. You have to finish what you start, and once they started to go in the third game they weren't going to stop. They just wanted to win that game. It was important to them.
"All of these kids know each other. They all know each other. They all play together in the offseason. It was a typical Liverpool-Beaver Local game."
With the loss, the Beavers are also 4-2.
"It was a great volleyball match," Beaver Local head coach Sarah Lowe said. "This was a typical East Liverpool-Beaver Local rivalry match. There were two good teams on the floor. There was a lot of emotion. It was a loud gym. This was an atmosphere every kid wants to play volleyball in."
For East Liverpool, Taylar Jordan recorded 11 points, four aces, 38 sets, 10 assists, 44 spikes, 19 kills and two blocks, Morgan Campbell collected eight points, 18 kills, 44 attacks, 18 kills and two blocks and Jordyn Adkins delivered six points, 50 sets and 28 assists.
Also, Kiara Cowart contributed 15 spikes, six kills and five blocks, Caitlyn Davis added 15 attacks and seven kills and Kylie Golden tallied 10 digs.
Finally, Jordan Chupa produced 15 points.
Beaver Local was in control of the match after the first two games, but the Potters turned things around in the third game.
"We made some strategic changes," Shansky said.
Individually for Beaver Local, Sierra Wright tallied four points, five digs, 11 sets, 12 assists, seven spikes, three kills and three blocks, Ali Buchheit collected two aces, 10 points, five digs, 41 sets, 11 assists, five spikes, six kills and one block and Danna Talbott contributed one ace, four points, 12 digs, one assist, 11 spikes, 10 kills and three blocks.
Also, Nevada Dobbs delivered one ace, 14 points, one dig, 23 spikes, nine kills and four blocks, Mackenzie Davis added 12 points, 10 digs, 24 sets, 10 assists and one kill and Miranda Turkovich chipped in with two digs, eight spikes, two kills and one block.
Finally, Laini Roberts recorded 10 points, 24 digs, six spikes and one kill, Tannar Dolhun netted 11 spikes, nine kills and one block and Lynsey Reckner finished with one dig and one assist.
"I have to hand it to Liverpool," Lowe said. "In the third set, they came out and their hits started connecting. They were able to get some holes on the floor. In the third set, Liverpool's hitters really came on. They started picking up their defense.
"In the first two sets, I was really proud of our team. I thought we saw the floor well. I thought we were doing a nice job of spotting holes on the other side of the floor.
"In the third game, those roles changed. Liverpool kind of took that on. We needed to pick up our end on defense. That is one of the things we have been working on so far this season is coming up with a strong defense to match our offense.
"I think we played well through that, but Liverpool obviously came out on top this evening. That tells us we need to go back and continue to work on defense and hitting the holes. I do feel that even though it was a loss this evening that our girls were successful, which gives us a measuring as to where we are at and what our next step needs to be to continue to improve."
The final three games were all back and forth affairs.
"We made some digs that you just don't see being made a whole lot," Shansky said.
Beaver Local won the JV match, 25-18, 25-17.
For the Beavers (5-1), Bobbi Ann Theiss scored 13 points, and Ashton Roberts recorded seven points.
Individually for the Potters (0-6), Taylor Ward delivered eight points and four kills, and Sierra Voorhees scored five points to go along with 10 assists and three kills.
"Anytime you go against one of your rivals, especially since we have six seniors this year, this a big game for them with them being local and down the road. They have a lot of friends on the other team," Lowe said. "In the offseason, our girls play together. They spend a lot of time together, so when they come in there is a lot more emotion involved with this game than any other game in the season.
"With any loss, our girls are going to be upset, but this one obviously comes off a little bit harder. Like we talked about in the locker room, right now our focus is no longer on this loss. It is preparing for Wellsville on Monday.
Both teams are scheduled to return to the court Monday. East Liverpool plays at Struthers, while Beaver Local plays at home against Wellsville.
"They are a much-improved team," Shansky said about the Wildcats.