STEUBENVILLE - The tide can turn in an instant on the court.
Volleyball is a game of momentum and a game of runs, and that point was once again proven accurate as city rivals battled it out Wednesday night at Catholic Central.
Both teams made runs in all four games, but in the end Big Red rallied to defeat Catholic Central, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-15, on the road.
SET — Steubenville Big Red’s Abby Taylo sets a teammate during Big Red’s four set win over the Crusaders.
-- Fred Younce
"The girls believed in themselves," Big Red (4-3) head coach Lynn Meyer said. "They played with confidence. When mistakes happen, our girls get down, but all four of us coaches have been preaching to them to forget about the mistake and to move on. Volleyball is a game of runs, it is a mental game and it is a game of mistakes. We saw that tonight. You have to put the mistakes behind you.
"We played as a team. We hit the ball really well. We played great defense. That is the best defense we have played all season.
"Catholic Central is a very nice team. Sherri does a great job with them.
"Our kids played hard. They played through all of that.
"We were balanced. The stats will show that. Our setters did a great job. They put the ball where we wanted it."
Both teams held the lead in all four games of the match.
"We just made too many mental mistakes," Catholic Central (5-3) head coach Sherri Barber said.
Individually for Big Red, Taylor Young ended up with 21 points, seven kills, 20 assists and five digs; Abby Taylor tallied four points, eight kills, 12 assists and three blocks; and Brittany Bodo collected 12 points, eight kills and five digs.
Also, Mytia Barker recorded nine points, six kills and 18 digs; Annie Nehrbas scored eight points to go along with five kills and three blocks; and Carmie Biasi contributed eight points and 27 digs.
Finally, Lysaih Rice finished with five kills and six blocks.
"Their defense is great," Meyer said. "I have known Sherri for a long time. We coached against each other in the 1980s. That's how long we have been coaching. Those were great matches, and tonight was a great match. She does a great job with them.
"Also, we had great fans tonight. They were awesome."
Individually for Catholic Central, Monica Rigaud recorded 18 hits, five kills and 11 blocks, Maddy Gulan ended up with 12 points, eight kills and three blocks and Taylor Bednar delivered three kills and 10 blocks.
"She had a nice game," Barber said about Rigaud's performance in the match.
Also, Kamy Belardine contributed 18 points, while Megan Lloyd tallied 16 points.
"We coached against each other in the '80s," Barber said. "She was out at Edison, and I was here. We have been coaching for a long time. I took some time off to raise my boys."
Big Red scored the first two points of the match, but Catholic Central tallied the next two points to tie the first game. A little bit later, the Crusaders scored five-straight points to take a 7-4 advantage.
The hosts extended their lead out to 12-6, but Big Red bounced back to score the next nine points to take a 15-12 lead forcing the Crusaders to call timeout.
Catholic Central responded after the timeout as the Crusaders scored seven-straight points to take an 18-15 lead forcing Big Red to call a timeout. Big Red responded by scoring the next three points to pull within 19-18, but they were unable to catch the Crusaders.
Catholic Central scored six of the next eight points to win Game 1 by five points en route to taking a 1-0 lead.
The Crusaders scored first to open Game 2, but Big Red was able to rally to take a 7-4 lead. Next, Catholic Central scored five straight points to take a 9-7 lead. Big Red tied the match at 9.
After two points by the Crusaders, Big Red ripped off six straight points to take a 15-11 lead. Later on, Catholic Central called a timeout with Big Red out in front, 17-13. Undeterred, the Crusaders fought back to tie the score at 17.
This time, Big Red responded, and the visitors were able to build a four-point advantage at 22-18. The hosts tried to fight back, but Big Red was able to fight off the attack and win Game 2 by four to even the match at 1-1.
The victors opened the scoring in Game 3, but the Crusaders ripped off seven straight points to take a 7-1 advantage. Later, Big Red was forced to call a timeout with Catholic Central ahead, 12-5.
As they did all match, Big Red rallied. This time, the visitors ran off nine consecutive points to take a 14-12 lead.
The Crusaders fought back to tie the score three different times after that, but Big Red was able to score the final-five points of the game to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Big Red scored first in the fourth game, and they took a 5-2 lead. The Crusaders fought back to tie the score at 6, but the rest of the game and the match belonged to Big Red.
Thanks to a 9-0 run, Big Red built a 15-6 advantage. Big Red led by as many as 10 points a few times in the game, and that turned out to be the final margin in the game as Big Red won the game to take the match, 3-1.
Big Red's victory came one day after falling to Edison in four games at home.
"They had to forget about it," Meyer said referring to her team's loss to the Wildcats. "They came back and played better."
The Wildcats are coached by Leah Eft, who played for Meyer at Edison.
"Every time we play Edison our girls are intimidated," Meyer said. "I don't know why that is. It makes me crazy.
"The girls played with confidence today. That was the difference tonight."
Big Red's next match is tonight at home against St. Clairsville inside the Crimson Center.
"I like it," Meyer said about playing three matches in three days. "It keeps their intensity up. They should be intense.
"St. Clairsville is a great team.
"Then, we play Minerva and Dover on Saturday. I think Dover is ranked in the state again. It is a busy week for us, but I like it. I think the more you play the better you will get."
Catholic Central is scheduled to return to the court Monday at Brooke.
"I am proud of the girls. I am proud of the coaches. I am proud of the fans. It was a great night."
Big Red and Catholic Central are scheduled to play again Sept. 24 at Big Red.
Redskins top Maroon Knights
MINGO JUNCTION - The Indian Creek boys soccer team topped visiting Wheeling Central 4-2 Wednesday.
Max Lewis had a pair of goals with Kyle Probert adding a goal and an assist and Russell Ratcliffe dishing out a pair of assists. Lee Utt added a goal and Jordan Herald added an assist. Andrew Price saved seven shots on goal.
Alex Price had a goal and an assist for the Maroon Knights with Nick Lazure adding a goal. Chadd Robrecht had seven saves.
Indian Creek (4-2) travels to Carrollton today.
Madonna takes two
WHEELING - The Madonna volleyball team defeated Paden City and Wheeling Central in two sets during Wednesday's tri-match at Wheeling Central High School.
On the evening Chloe Connor had 28 assists, four digs and three aces with Monica Bragg adding 12 kills, 11 blocks and four digs. Amanda Paul had 23 digs and four kills, Emily Pietranton had nine digs and four kills, Eva Bowser had seven blocks and four kills, Taylor Thompson had seven digs, Courtney Kaczmarek had five aces, Gabrielle Selletti had four digs and Anne Magnone had three digs.
Madonna is on the road at Clay-Battelle today.
Central outshoots Creek
BLOOMINGDALE - The Steubenville Catholic Central golf team topped Indian Creek 165-190 Tuesday at Red Oaks Golf Club.
The Crusaders' Austin Meronoff shot 39 to earn medalist honors. Josh Merriman shot 41, Nick Ivkovich shot 42, with a score of 43 being turned in by both Mike Manfresca and Jason Bensur.
Aaron Foldi's 46 led the Redskins. Chris Riffee (47), Jesse Rouse (48), and Adam Freshwater (49) all contributed as well.