Meyer, Snyder reunite as Big Red tops Edison

Meyer, Snyder reunite as Big?Red tops Edison

By MATTHEW PEASLEE

Sports writer

STEUBENVILLE – The Edison volleyball team started its season with a opening set win over Steubenville on Wednesday.

But Big Red bounced back and won the next three sets to win the match at the Crimson Center.

“I think we got on a high there a little bit in that first set,” said Wildcats head coach Leah Snyder. “We kind of settled in but allowed Steubenville to come back.

“(Steubenville head coach) Lynn (Meyer) started making changes and they were good adaptations to combat what we were doing. I knew she would throw something at us like that.”

After all, Snyder can attribute much of her coaching style to Meyer. In the early 2000s, Meyer was the head coach at Edison and Snyder was one of her top players.

“She was a great player,” Meyer said of Snyder. “She did a lot of great things on the court in her high school and college years.”

After winning two OVAC titles with the Wildcats, Snyder played volleyball and was an education major at Thiel College.

“I thought I’d always teach then end up coaching,” said Snyder, who is also a counselor at Edison High School. “I never thought I’d be a head coach this quickly.”

She is now in her fourth year leading Edison and her Wildcats are coming off an OVAC 5A runner-up campaign.

After winning the first set, 25-19, on Wednesday, Edison fell 25-20, 25-17 and 25-20 to Big Red.

Steubenville is now 2-0 after opening its season with a win at East Liverpool.

“It’s a nice start to the season,” Meyer said. “We came back in the second game and utilized some of our bench when we were down late.

“We have experienced players, but we’re still young. We’ve been preaching the team aspect and the young girls are seeing that it takes a team effort to win a game.”

Sophomore Rhiannon Petrisko’s kill in the fourth set clinched the win as Steubenville had to come back from an eight-point deficit earlier in the frame. She had seven kills, as did Annie Nehrbas and Taylor Young.

Nehrbas and Young had 16 and 11 kills, respectively. Nehrbas added seven digs and two blocks, as Young tallied 13 assists with six digs.

Lysiah Rice added five kills and four blocks for Big Red, while Tenia Barker had nine points, three kills, three digs and three assists.

Petrisko added six points.

“This was a hard starting game,” said Snyder, who has played Big Red early in the season for the past couple of years.

It’s something she and Meyer look forward to.

“We’re really good friends and she’s a great coach,” Meyer said. “From coaching her, I was always hoping that she would turn out to be a coach, herself. She’s an awesome young lady.”

As Snyder continues to build her program, she always emulates the career path of her first mentor, Meyer, who coached at Edison for 22 years before being at Steubenville for the past five.

“The commitment she showed was inspiring,” Snyder said. “I don’t have children of my own, but her kids were always in the gym. She really made it a family-oriented program and I hope to do the same – I learned by example.

“I’m very passionate about coaching and being at my school. I hope that I’m here for a long time.”

Cassidy Jarvis, the Wildcats’ lone senior, led the team with 20 kills. She added a pair of aces, six points and two blocks. Sarah Ross added 13 points, with four kills and Kaleigh Westbrook had 13 points, 13 digs and three aces.

Mackenzie Morrison, Skylar Fankhouser and Caitlin Shannon each added an ace for Edison.

The Wildcats are back in action tonight at Meadowbrook. Big Red is scheduled to play the Colts on Saturday.