SALEM - United volleyball coach Don Conser won a lot of matches as coach of Salem on the Cabas Gymnasium floor.
On his return to Salem High School's gym on Wednesday, the Quakers welcomed him back with a hard-fought 23-25, 25-18, 26-24, 22-25, 15-5 win.
Salem coach Allie Winner, a 2004 Salem High School graduate, played and coached under Conser during his Quaker career which spanned 34 seasons and ended in 2011.
"It was definitely a different situation," Winner said. "The girls wanted to win knowing he was out there. I think it meant more for me though because I played and coached under him."
Conser said he had weird feelings walking into the gym.
"It reminded me of the first time I walked into the United gym when I was a coach at Salem," Conser said. "Being a graduate of United, I had only rooted for them up until that point. It was the same feeling tonight."
He totaled 638 wins, 26 straight league titles and two state semifinal appearances in his career at Salem, but it seemed like business as usual against the Quakers.
"I think he was his typical self," Winner said. "He played it cool."
Conser said it was interesting playing against Salem and the girls were motivated to get their first win of the season.
"I think they were all ready to play," Conser said. "They wanted a crack at Salem because of how good (Salem) is supposed to be this year."
For the Quakers (2-1), Maria Shivers had 16 kills and six blocks; Kacey Costal 11 kills; Alyssa Pallo 12 digs, two aces and Kelly Barley 50 assists, two aces.
For United (0-3), Claudia Rockhold had four aces, 12 kills and two blocks; Shelby Mix had thre aces, eight kills and two blocks; Mariah Eisenbraun three kills, eight kills and Shanna Miller 17 assists, two kills and two blocks.
United hosts Lisbon today. Salem hosts East Palestine today.
Salem won the jayvee match.
Springfield 3, Leetonia 0
NEW MIDDLETOWN-The Springfield volleyball team had little trouble in its season-opener, rolling over Leetonia 25-11, 25-11, 25-14 Wednesday.
Callie Ford led the Tigers (1-0) with 13 points and seven kills, while Elizabeth Thompson had 24 assists and Quinn Crowe had 11 kills.
For Leetonia (0-1), Aurora Smith had five points and four kills, while Kristy Eckman had five points and five blocks.
Mineral Ridge 3, East Palestine 0
EAST PALESTINE - Mineral Ridge topped East Palestine 25-12, 25-16, 25-15 on Tuesday in volleyball action.
Jessica Leake had three kills and four blocks for the Bulldogs, 0-1. Sadie Walker added five points.
East Palestine won the jayvee match 25-8, 25-15. MarlainaFrye had 17 points for the Bulldogs.
Wellsville 3, Malvern 2
MALVERN-The Wellsville volleyball team pulled out a 22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-25, 15-7 season-opening win over Malvern Tuesday.
The Tigers (1-0) were led by 44 assists from Shayna Hamilton, 17 kills from Jayla Martin, 12 kills from Johnna Stokes and 11 kills from Ashley Bennett.
Angelica Scarabino led the way defensively with 24 digs, while Cheyenne Corbin had 13 digs and Payton Munoz had three blocks.
Malvern won the jayvee game 25-21, 24-26, 25-15.
Wellsville will travel to Western Reserve on Tuesday.
CALCUTTA - Beaver Local's freshman volleyball team beat Boardman 25-16, 25-17 on Wednesday. Leading the way were Carsyn Hoppel with 10 points, Carmen Pugliano 7 points and Reed McGeegan with five points.