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County powers dominate OVAC tournament

Beaver Local and Wellsville put a Columbiana County stamp on the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference volleyball finals on Saturday at Union Local High School.

Beaver Local repeated as Class 4A champions by way of a 25-13, 25-19, 25-15 win over East Liverpool, while Wellsville remainined unbeated with a domining 25-12, 25-9, 25-19 win over Conotton Valley in the Class 1A final.

Beaver Local (19-3) picked up its second piece of hardware on the season after winning the Buckeye 8 championship earlier.

The Beavers were led on the stat sheet by Grace Hill who had 12 kills and five blocks. Elizabeth Kolkowski had 12 kills and five blocks.

Brooke Talbot put forth a brilliant all-around performance with five kills, 18 assists, nine digs, three aces and seven points. Bailey Bowersock had five kills and 11 digs. Emma Joseph had 19 assists and five digs. Briar Wolski added five kills and eight digs. Kodi Kinsey had 11 digs.

Beaver Local hosts a Div. II sectional contest with St. Clairsville at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Beaver Local beat St. Clairsville in four sets in the season open in August.

The Potters, meanwhile, were led by Jetta Fitch who had six kills. Naudia Williams had four kills and two aces. Delani Ace had three kills. Ayla Brown had five kills. Gabby George had 11 assists and Faith Grafton had nine assists and two aces.

“We just didn’t pass the ball as well as have been and we needed to be able to do that because they’re bigger than us,” East Liverpool coach Dan McKinstry. “I still think we competed but sometimes I told the kids they’re just better than you. They beat us three times, so they are the better team.”

East Liverpool (15-6) will play Indian Creek for the fourth time this season on Wednesday in Div. II sectional contest at Indian Creek. The Potters have won two of three meetings so far.

Wellsville was led on the stat sheet by talented freshman Presley Stokes, who had 22 kills, four blocks, 10 digs, three aces and seven points. Alana Amato had 10 kills, four digs, two blocks and eight points. Aubri Ramsey had 13 digs, 13 points and three aces. Emily McNicol had 13 assists, four digs and four kills. Paige Green had 19 assists, three aces, two kills and four digs.

The Rockets were led Masy Baker, who had eight kills. Chloe Stuber posted 17 assists and five digs. Daphne Stuber posted six digs. Kelsey Edie had nine digs.

The OVAC championship is the fourth for Tiger head coach Jonathan Stokes. He led East Liverpool to back-to-back-to-back Class 4A titles from 2016-18.

The title is Wellsville’s 10th and first since 2003.

Wellsville (22-0) will host three Div. IV sectional matches on Tuesday. Ashtabula St. John will face Southington in the opener at 4:30 p.m. The host Tigers will play Youngstown’s Academy of Urban Scholars at 6 p.m. Lowellville and Windham will play at 7:30 p.m.

Wellsville is ranked ninth in the state in Div. IV by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association.

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