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Golden Bears fall in Class 4A

October 14, 2012
By AARON PETCHAL - Special to the Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Golden Bears were unable to bring home the gold.

The Oak Glen volleyball team entered the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 4A Tournament Saturday morning as the No. 1 seed as well as the class's regular season champion.

In the semifinals, Oak Glen faced off against fourth-seed Meadowbrook and the Colts made all of the key players en route to pulling out a 30-28, 25-15, victory at the Crimson Center at Steubenville High School to advance to the tournament finals.

While the Colts went on to win the tournament title 25-15, 22-25, 25-19 over East Liverpool, the Golden Bears ended up winning the consolation final. Oak Glen defeated Union Local, 25-11, 25-16, inside the Joseph Stern Gymnasium.

With the split, the Golden Bears are now 27-4 on the season.

"We couldn't pass the ball," veteran Oak Glen head coach Ethel Riser said. "We couldn't get it up to our setters and our hitters. We couldn't get the ball, and if you can't do that you can't win. Our passing game really cost us today."

Individually for the Golden Bears in their match against the Colts, Morgan Poling produced three points, five kills and six blocks, Lacee Porter nine kills and four digs and Jessica Stivason four kills. Vanessa Hissam had five kills and four digs, Sydney Kell collected five points and 10 assists and Abby Tice tallied four digs. Kaitlyn Smith contributed eight points and 12 digs, and Carissa Williams finished with four assists.

The Colts carried the momentum into the second game of the match. The Golden Bears did not go away quietly, but Meadowbrook pulled out the 10-point win to advance to the title tilt against the Potters.

"Meadowbrook is a real-nice team," Riser said. "They are good at blocking. They have some good hitters. They just keep coming and coming. They don't give up."

In the first game against Union Local, Kell served nine-straight points to end the game as the Golden Bears came away with the 14-point victory. Oak Glen took care of business in the second game to earn the match victory.

"We played OK," Riser said about her team's performance against Union Local. "We did not play exceptionally well. We won a game, but we did not play up to our potential."

Individually, Poling picked up four points, three kills and three digs, Porter produced seven points and three kills and Stivason netted three kills and two blocks. Hissam ended up with four points and five kills, Kell tallied nine points and 13 assists and Tice collected three digs. Smith chipped in with six digs, Williams contributed seven points and 13 assists and Madison Juszczak delivered one kill.

Oak Glen (27-4) visits sectional rival Weir at the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse on Thursday.

"Today was very disappointing," Riser said. "When you work so hard throughout the year to get to this point, and then you don't play up to your potential, it is very disappointing."

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