EAST LIVERPOOL - The Potters solidified their position.
The East Liverpool volleyball team capped a big week by winning a thrilling five-game match over Big Red, 24-26, 25-16, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9, Thursday night at Potter Fieldhouse.
With the win, the Potters improve to 10-5 on the season. The loss drops Big Red to 6-10.
East Liverpool’s Taylor Ward bumps the ball on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Joe Savage)
"It was a pretty exciting match," East Liverpool head coach Bob Shansky said. "Big red really played well. They have some really good sophomore players."
East Liverpool entered the week at 7-5, but the Potters recorded three victories in the week to help the Blue-and-White take a firm grasp on qualifying for the OVAC Class 4A Tournament. East Liverpool entered the week in second place in the standings behind local-rival Oak Glen.
Individually for the Potters, Morgan Campbell collected 75 spikes, 75 attacks and 33 kills, Madison White tallied eight points, 18 spikes and three kills and Caitlyn Davis delivered 34 spikes and nine kills.
"We went to Morgan a lot tonight," Shansky said.
Also, Jordyn Adkins added 12 points and 40 assists, Taylor Ward recorded 18 spikes and two kills and Cathy Rowe ended up with 19 points.
"It was a well-played match by both teams," Shansky said. "Both teams did things right, and both teams did something wrong. We just have to keep working."
For Big Red, Abby Taylor tallied 11 kills, and Taylor Young recorded eight kills and 14 assists.
"Abby Taylor and Taylor Young did a nice job for them," Shansky said. 'They have a couple nice sophomore players. We are still without two starters. we are without two seniors. We started two freshmen tonight, and I thought they stepped up and did a nice job. It was just who had the momentum going into that last game."
The two teams traded the momentum back and forth throughout the entire match.
"It was back and forth a little bit here and there," Shansky said. "We were able to squeak by. In the game we won we played well. In the two we lost, we just couldn't get our barrings. Our passing was off.
"Big red played well. They have a nice team. They have a young team. They are aggressive. They are s good team. They are team oriented. They are well-coached.
"It was a tough match. I knew going in it was going to be a tough match because they are a good team. They played well. They never gave up. We were up 11-3 and 13-4 in the third game, and they came back to within 15-9. There was no quit in them.
"I thought Morgan Campbell had some very-nice swings. We went to her an awful lot. You can tell hen you go to someone 75 times. We kept calling her number, and Jordyn kept getting her the ball. It opened up some of the other girls because Big Red was collapsing on Morgan. It gave some other players opportunities to score points also.
"We still have to work on our blocking. Balls are still getting through. We have to get better on our passing. That comes with time, but we are running out of time.
"We are 10-5. With everything that has gone on this year and with who we lost from last year, that is a pretty respectable record. We are going to keep working at getting better."
East Liverpool won the JV match, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21.
Individually for the Potters (3-8), Cori Webb contributed 14 points and three aces, Sierra Nichols scored 12 points to go along with five kills and Sierra Voorhees recorded 12 assists.
Also, Elise Smith tallied four kills.
"It was close for a reserve match," Shansky said.
East Liverpool's next match is Monday night at home against local-rival Beaver Local.
"Monday is our pink game," Shanksy said. "We encourage everyone to come out. There is going to baskets and things to be auctioned off for breast cancer awareness. The donations will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The kids will be wearing pink shirts."
The JV match is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with the varsity match to follow at 7.