ST. CLAIRSVILLE The Wildcats won the battle of the conference champions.
The Edison volleyball team won the first two games of its match against Meadowbrook before the Colts rallied to win the third one. In the end, the Wildcats built a big lead in the fourth game, and Edison pulled away to record the 25-15, 26-24, 21-25, 25-17, victory in an Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional Semifinal played down at St. Clairsville High School.
With the win, the Wildcats are now 17-6 on the season.
"It was a good night," second-year Edison head coach Leah Snyder said.
Edison will now play against Jefferson County and Buckeye 8 rival Indian Creek in the sectional co-final at 7:30 p.m. Friday night back down at St. Clairsville. Indian Creek advanced to the title tilt by defeating Beaver Local in three games in Tuesday night's second semifinal match.
Snyder said her team is not going to need any special motivation to get up to play the Redskins Saturday night.
"I don't think they do," she said. "They are going to pumped up. It is a sectional final. I think Indian Creek will be ready too."
The Wildcats and Redskins have met three times this season. Edison leads the season series, 2-1.
The two teams split during the regular season before Edison got the better of Indian Creek in the OVAC Class 5A Tournament Semifinals last Saturday afternoon inside the Crimson Center down at Steubenville High School.
Edison went on to defeat Parkersburg South to claim the tournament championship.
Meadowbrook claimed the Class 4A Tournament title by defeating Oak Glen in the semifinals and East Liverpool in the tournament final.
The Colts also defeated the Potters Monday in a sectional quarterfinal to advance to their match against the Wildcats.
In the first game, Edison built a 19-10 lead on the serve of Hannah Johns. The Colts staged a little rally, but the Wildcats were able to regroup and put the game away.
In the second game, Edison led 20-17, but Meadowbrook rallied to take a 24-23 lead. The Wildcats scored the final three points of the game to win the game.
The Colts were able to withstand a Wildcat rally in the third game to win by four points to keep the match going.
In the fourth game, the Wildcats built a 19-12 advantage. The Colts attempted to rally, but Edison would not be denied the victory.