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Beavers drop to Redskins, 3-0, in tournament opener

October 17, 2012
Morning Journal News

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The Redskins got their revenge against the Beaver Local volleyball team.

The Indian Creek volleyball team controlled a good bit of their match against Beaver Local, and in the end, the Redskins knocked off the Beavers in three games, 25-23, 25-10, 25-19, in an Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional Semifinal Tuesday night down at St. Clairsville High School.

With the loss, the Beavers end the season at 12-9.

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Beaver?Local’s Sierra Wright hits the ball over the net as teammates Danna Talbott (20) and Alison Buchheit look on Tuesday against Indian Creek at St. Clairsville. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)

"Indian Creek is phenomenal team," Beaver Local head coach Sarah Lowe said. "They are always a strong program."

With the win, Indian Creek has advanced to the sectional co-final set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday night against the winner of tonight's semifinal match between Edison and Meadowbrook.

The matchup between the Wildcats and the Colts is one between two teams that won OVAC Tournament titles this past Saturday inside the Crimson Center down at Steubenville High School.

Edison won the Class 5A Tournament title by defeating Indian Creek in the semifinals and Parkersburg South in the finals. Meadowbrook won the Class 4A Tournament title by defeating Oak Glen in the semifinals and East Liverpool in the finals.

The Wildcats lead the season series against the Redskins, 2-1.

Lowe and assistant coach Jake Walgate were able to scout Indian Creek during the OVAC Tournament.

"We had the opportunity to watch them play two matches," Lowe said. "We were able to see their defense. We were able to see where their hitters like to go.

"We were able to work on things all week in practice. We had a lot of unforced errors, and when you do that it is hard to keep them from going on runs. We were able to at times, but at other times they were able to rattle off 10-straight points.

"Indian Creek is a great program. They have a lot of height on their side. Their setter is a great player.They played strong defense, and they were able to hit the holes."

Individually for the Beavers, Ali Buchheit tallied six points, eight digs, 43 sets, 12 assists, nine spikes, one kill and two blocks, Sierra Wright collected two points, three digs, 10 sets, two assists, eight spikes, one kill and two blocks and Danna Talbott contributed one ace, five points, 10 digs, 11 spikes, five kills and two blocks.

Also, Nevada Dobbs delivered four points, nine digs, eight spikes, 12 kills and five blocks, Miranda Turkovich chipped in with one dig, nine spikes, three kills and two blocks and Laini Roberts scored four points to go along with one ace and 10 digs.

Finally, Mackenzie Davis finished with one dig, 12 sets and six assists and Tannar Dolhun recorded one dig, five spikes, four kills and four blocks.

The Redskins built a big lead in the first game, but the Beavers battled back. In the end, Indian Creek scored the final two points of the game to pull out the victory.

Indian Creek built a big lead in the second game. Beaver Local recorded a mini run late, but the Redskins rolled to the 15-point victory.

Beaver Local took an early lead in the third game, but Indian Creek stormed back. The Redskins were on the verge of winning the game and sweeping the match, but the Beavers dug in and made difficult on the girls from Jefferson County.

In the end, Indian Creek was able to put the game away to win the match.

"That has been the case all season," Lowe said. "Our girls have never given up. They always battled.

"We were always a contender. It didn't matter if the team we were playing had one loss, or if they had two losses. We were in every single match. We gave everybody a challenge."

Last year, Beaver Local defeated Indian Creek, 29-27, 23-25, 32-30, 25-22, in the semifinals before falling in the co-final to Minerva.

Tuesday's victory by the Redskins brought the high school careers of the Beavers' six seniors to a close. Beaver Local's six seniors are Dobbs, Buchheit, Davis, Roberts, Turkovich and Sierra Jones.

"They are a hard group to lose," Lowe said. "I have coached them for six-straight seasons. They were my last middle school group, and they are my first high school group. They have made a huge impact on the program, and they will make a huge impact in life."

Carrollton defeated Cambridge in Tuesday's first semifinal match up. The Warriors swept the Bobcats, 25-18, 25-16, 25-19.

Carrollton will play in the co-final at 6 p.m. against the winner of today's semifinal match featuring Minerva and Steubenville. Big Red advanced to the semifinals by rallying to defeat Jefferson County rival Buckeye Local in five games Monday night.



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