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Creek rallies past Big Red again

HITTING — Indian Creek’s Liv Wukelic goes up to hit against Big Red Monday. Also shown are Steubenville’s Makayla Abram, Emily Allen and Reagan Arlesic and Indian Creek’s Jordan Hiles. - Andrew Grimm

STEUBENVILLE — The story was the same.

The Indian Creek volleyball team dropped the first set against Big Red, but the Redskins responded and rallied to win the next three sets en route to winning the match in four sets, 19-25, 25-13, 25-18, 25-19, Monday inside the Crimson Center to sweep the season series.

“It was like deja vu,” Indian Creek (5-3) head coach Molly Wilson said. “For us, it was the best-case scenario. We did it before, and we were able to do it again. It has been an emotional two weeks at our school, and I was pleased with how focused we were in the match.”

The loss snapped Big Red’s seven-match winning streak.

“It was just like the beginning of the season,” first-year Big Red (7-4) head coach Kristin Taylor said.

For Indian Creek, Taylor Jones had eight kills, six blocks, two assists, four aces and a dig. Sarah Mazzaferro had nine kills, a block, two aces and six digs,. Gracie Francis had six kills, two blocks and a dig. Liv Wukelic had six kills, a block, four digs and three aces. Carley Penner had six kills, a dig and 16 assists. Lyndi Starkey had five kills, two aces and 18 assists.

For Big Red, Anna Taylor had four points, two aces, 14 kills, two blocks, an assist and six digs. Emily Allen had four points, an ace, 24 assists and three digs. Maggi Cucarese had 10 points, four kills and nine digs. Makayla Abram had 11 kills and six blocks.

The Redskins also lost the first set against Big Red in the first match on Aug. 27 at Indian Creek before rallying to win the next three sets to win the match, 18-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-23.

“They did not do anything different, and we did not do anything different,” coach Taylor said. “We were not mentally tough. We cannot finish unless we believe we are the better team.”

Big Red came out strong Monday night as it had in the first meeting.

“We knew Big Red was going to come out tough,” Wilson said. “I was happy that we were able to match their momentum on their home court. We were able to refocus in the second, third and fourth sets.”

Big Red lost a key member of its team when Anna Taylor went down with an injury in the fourth set.

“It is a loss, but I am confident in any of the girls we bring in off of our bench,” Coach Taylor said. “She’s the third person — third starter — we have had go down with an injury this season. We have really had the next man up mentality, and the girls who have come in have done a great job. That is the great thing about not just having six great players, but having 10 or 12.”

There is a chance he two teams could meet again in the OVAC Class 5A Tournament or in the postseason.

“It is nice to beat a rival, and it is nice to get a sweep,” Wilson said. “This is the first time we have played them twice during the regular season. It is nice that we were able to come out on top.”

Wilson also added that the team dedicated the win to coach Mike Voltz.

Both teams are scheduled to play Wednesday. Indian Creek is slated to play at home against Oak Glen, while Big Red will travel north to take on Beaver Local.

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