RICHMOND -The Beavers fought their way past the Wildcats and the Crusaders.
The Beaver Local volleyball team swept a tri-match Saturday at Edison. Beaver Local defeated Catholic Central, 25-13, 25-22, and Beaver Local defeated Edison, 25-19, 25-16.
The Wildcats defeated the Crusaders, 27-25, 25-18.
Beaver Local’s Nevada Dobbs hits the ball around the block attempt of Edison’s Alexis Gill (21) and Katelyn Pollock during their match Saturday at Edison. Also pictured are Beaver Local’s Ali Buchheit (44) and Sierra Wright and Edison’s Kylie Smith and Hannah Johns. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
"The girls really played well," Beaver Local (3-1) head coach Sarah Lowe said. "They pulled together as a team off of Wednesday loss to Oak Glen. We were able to pick up a win Wednesday against Weir.
"The last couple of days we have been working on basics and team fundamentals. They turned those practice moments into game-time moments, and we were able to score points off of them."
Ali Buchheit tallied one ace, five points, eight digs, 15 sets, 12 assists, three spikes and two kills to lead the way for the Beavers against the Wildcats.
Also for Beaver Local, Sierra Wright collected nine sets, four assists, three spikes, three kills and one block, Laini Roberts scored eight points to go along with seven digs, four spikes and one kill and Nevada Dobbs delivered three points, seven spikes, six kills and five blocks.
Next, Mackenzie Davis contributed eight points, four sets and seven assists, Danna Talbott tallied three digs, five kills and three spikes and Tannar Dolhun ended up with five spikes and four kills.
Finally, Miranda Turkovich finished with five spikes and one kill.
"We didn't know a whole lot about them," Lowe said about her team's opponents. "We saw some of the Edison players in the spring time and in the summer. We knew they had some strong hitters. We knew we were going to have to play solid defense to capture a win. Not only did we play strong defensively, but our hitters stepped up and capitalize on some of Edison's defensive mistakes."
Lowe coached a couple of the Edison girls during the summer.
"She got to coach a couple of my girls," second-year Edison head coach Leah Snyder said. "That was a little unsettling for me. I guess it is partly my fault. I could have coached them in the summer and I didn't. Kudos to her."
For Edison (3-1), Katie Davidson contributed three points, one block, one assist, one kill and three digs Caitlin Brenstuhl collected one point, one block, seven assists, one kill and two digs and Cassidy Jarvis delivered two points, three blocks and two kills.
Also, Maddie Williamson chipped in with three points, one ace and one dig, Katelyn Pollock picked up one block and four kills and Kylie Smith recorded one kill and one dig.
Finally, Hannah Johns had one kill, and Alexis Gill finished with two blocks.
"It was nice to get a split today against two very tough teams," Snyder said. "I wish we would have played a little closer with Beaver, but it's games like those that show us what we need to do. We needed games like today's for the week we're about to have. Today showed us a lot. I'm excited to see my girls playing team ball."
The Wildcats were able to watch the Beavers' match against the Crusaders before Edison had to do battle with Catholic Central.
"We did a lot of situational game planning since we were able to scout them before we played them," Snyder said.
Snyder did not see Beaver Local or Catholic Central play prior to Saturday.
"No, I actually scouted a couple different teams, but neither one was Beaver Local or Catholic Central," Snyder said.
"I like to scout teams. I like to know what we are coming up against, so not having scouted them it made things very tough."
Against the Crusaders, Brenstuhl tallied two points, one block, 11 assists, two kills and one dig, Pollock collected five points, four aces, one block, two kills and three digs and Davidson delivered one point, six blocks, two assists and seven kills.
Also, Jarvis recorded three points, eight blocks and two kills, Smith contributed two points, one ace and one dig and Johns scored seven points to go along with three kills.
Finally, Victoria Freeland finished with one dig, Gill produced one block and one kill and Williamson added four points.
"We're excited," Snyder said. My girls are way healthier than last year. That is nice to see. We have cut down to very healthy and very quick players. That is exciting."
Beaver Local also put forth a strong showing against the Crusaders.
Individually, Buchheit collected one ace, 12 points, 25 sets, five assists, three spikes, one kill and one block, Wright contributed four digs, six sets, one assist, five spikes, one kill and one block and Dobbs added one ace, five points, four digs, seven spikes, six kills and four blocks.
Also, Talbott tallied three digs, six spikes, four kills and two blocks, Roberts recorded seven points, 11 digs and three spikes and Davis delivered one ace, four points and six assists.
Finally, Lynsey Reckner registered one ace and four points, and Turkovich chipped in with two spikes and four kills.
"We don't have a lot of new faces," Lowe said. "We have girls moving from the JV team to the varsity. The new kids and the returners each made an impact.
"We had two sophomores see their first varsity start today, and they stepped up and did a great job. Hopefully, we continue to see that throughout the season.
"We are very fortunate this year that we have six seniors and two juniors who have limited varsity experience, but we expect good things from them this season."
The Beavers will look to increase their winning streak to four game when Beaver Local takes on Steubenville Wednesday at the Beaver Dome.
Edison's next match is Tuesday at Jefferson County and Buckeye 8 rival Indian Creek.
"That's a very-big match," Snyder said.