WELLSVILLE - The Golden Bears roared.
The Oak Glen volleyball teams swept a tri-match Saturday at Wellsville that also included Edison.
Oak Glen defeated Edison, 25-23, 25-19, and the Golden Bears defeated Wellsvile, 26-24, 25-20. The Wildcats opened the tri-match with a 20-25, 25-21, 25-21 victory over the Tigers.
The Bears huddle during a break in the action on Saturday. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
With the sweep, the Golden Bears are now 18-2 on the season.
"This is the best record we have had in quite a while, but once again the result in the state tournament or the OVAC Tournament is important," Oak Glen coach Ethel Riser said. "Hopefully, it will pay off then. It is good to get wins. We are looking forward to the ultimate goal. The better we play now the better we will be at the end."
With the split, the Wildcats are now 11-6.
"I would have liked it to have gone better, but splitting was OK," Edison coach Leah Snyder said.
With the two losses, the Tigers drop to 13-3.
"We had an injury that changed the dynamic of our team," Wellsville coach Dan McKinstry said. "The kids played hard, but we didn't pass well. We've been able to get away with that, but these were two of the best teams we've played."
The Golden Bears held off a late charge by the Wildcats to win the first game. Edison attempted to mount a comeback in the second game as well, but Oak Glen was able to win the game to win the match.
Individually for the Golden Bears, Sydney Kell contributed one ace, 17 sets, four assists, one spike and one block, Morgan Poling produced one point, 10 spikes, two kills, eight blocks and two digs and Abby Tice tallied 11 points two aces, four spikes, one kill and two digs.
Also for Oak Glen, Lacee Porter recorded one point, six spikes, four kills and one block, Caitlyn Smith collected three points, one spike and three digs and Carissa Williams scored seven points to go along with 16 sets and five assists.
Finally, Jessica Stivason delivered six spikes and four kills, Vanessa Hissam had 11 spikes, eight kills and one dig and Jessica Hutton netted two blocks.
As the defending West Virginia Class AA state champions, Oak Glen is getting everyone best shot so far this season. Saturday was no different.
"Last year is last year, but they still want to beat the state champions" Riser said. "Everyone you play wants to beat you. Even the teams that might bot be as competitive, play you tougher. Everyone who goes up against you plays you tough. You just have to come back and fight hard."
For the Wildcats, Katie Davidson delivered three assists, three points, six kills and five blocks, Katelyn Pollock tallied one point, four kills, two blocks and five digs and Caitlin Brenstuhl collected 11 assists, 11 points, four aces and three kills.
Also for Edison, Hannah Johns ended up with five points one ace, one kill and two digs, Cassady Jarvis delivered four points, one ace, two blocks and two digs and Alexis Gill contributed three kills and one block.
Finally, Kylie Smith finished with three digs.
The Wildcats were a streaky team throughout the match. The Wildcats went on runs where they scored several points in a row, but there was also times when Edison gave up several straight points.
"My team plays as a team and that is awesome, but at times one person will make an error and then the team makes errors," Snyder said. "It is kind of the snowball effect. We need to get rid of that mentality."
The Golden Bears and Tigers traded points throughout their match, but in the end Oak Glen was able to make the key plays down the stretch to earn the two-game victory.
For Oak Glen, Kell collected nine points, two aces, 27 sets, six assists, one kill and two blocks, Poling tallied six points, eight spikes, six kills, one block and five digs and Hissam scored one point to go along with nine spikes and four digs.
Also for the Golden Bears, Porter produced four spikes, six kills and four digs, Stivason ended up with 15 spikes, nine kills and three blocks and Williams contributed five points, 21 sets and 10 assists.
Next, Tice delivered four spikes and 18 digs, Smith chipped in with three points and 11 digs and Madison Juszczak added three spikes and one block.
Finally, Hutton finished with two spikes.
"They were very-competitive matches," Riser said. "They were two very good teams. They both put up good competition."
Shayna Hamilton finished with 20 assists, while Brittany Clendenning added four kills and three blocks.
Angelica Scarabino had four kills, and McKenna Pierson had three kills and one block.
Jayla Martin finished with five kills and three blocks, while Maleya Fultz added seven kills.
Edison and Wellsville engaged in a hard-fought match from start to finish.
Against the Tigers, Davidson delivered 10 assists, five points, one ace, 11 kills, five blocks and four digs, Pollock collected four points, one ace, eight kills, three blocks and eight digs and Brenstuhl tallied 22 assists, seven points, one kill and three blocks.
Also for the Wildcats, Johns scored seven points to go along with one ace, three kills, two blocks and one dig, Smith contributed seven points, one ace and four digs and Jarvis recorded four points, six kills and six blocks.
Finally, Gill delivered three kills and five blocks, and Victoria Freeland finished with two digs.
"I know they are great program no matter what girls he has," Snyder said about Wellsville. "It's always going to be a battle. I thought they were definitely two tough matches today."
For the Tigers, Hamilton finished with 31 assists, while Fultz and Martin both added 10 kills.
Clendenning had five kills and four blocks, and Pierson had four kills and two blocks.
The tri-match featured three matches with three of the top teams in the area. All of the teams provided stiff competition for the other teams they faced.
"These are the days we look forward to," Snyder said. "These are the days we talk about all season. I don't want to say I don't like playing them both on the same day, but it is hard. You kind of get all energy up to play, but it is hard to keep your energy up when you have two straight matches in a row."
Riser said she enjoys playing multiple matches in a day.
"I like playing back-to-back like this," she said. "Quad matches are even better. The more you play in a day the better."
The JV teams took part in a tri-match Saturday at Edison.
The Golden Bears defeated the Wildcats, 25-18, 25-22.
Toni Powell and Logan Andrews each tallied seven points to lead the way for oak Glen.
Oak Glen defeated Wellsville, 25-9, 20-25, 25-20.
Andrews delivered 11 points to lead the way, and Emmy Delekta collected eight points.
Wellsville's next match is Tuesday at home against ITCL rival Columbiana.
Edison's next match is Wednesday at Buckeye 8 rival Harrison Central before taking on East Liverpool Thursday night at home.
Oak Glen's next match is Thursday at Catholic Central.
"They weren't bad when we played them up here," Riser said about the Crusaders. "We are going to have to be prepared when we go down there and play them Saturday."