WINTERSVILLE - Indian Creek was on top of its game once again.
The Indian Creek volleyball team won its ninth-straight match by defeating visiting Beaver Local 25-13, 25-17, 25-16, Wednesday night.
Following Tuesday night's sweep at home against Buckeye 8 and Jefferson County rival Buckeye Local, Indian Creek (9-1) head coach Crystal Hammack said the Redskins was going to need to bring their A-game against the Beavers to be successful.
They did, and they were.
"The kids stepped up," Hammack said. "We like the intense style of volleyball Beaver Local plays. It is more our speed. The kids enjoy playing against them. The kids responded."
The Redskins' height advantage was too much for the Beavers (3-8) to overcome.
"Indian Creek played well," Beaver Local head coach Sarah Lowe said. "Their coach does a good job with them. They have some studs. They have a lot of height, and that makes it tough."
Whitney Martin totaled six digs, Mallorie Sullivan eight digs, Brooke Spence three digs, Bethany Davis six kills and 11 digs and Martina Marko three digs and two blocks.
Kaylee LaRue collected two digs, Bre Berryman nine kills and six blocks, Kiarra Kamarec 10 kills and four digs, Alexis Fithen four digs and two blocks and Jessica Furda 26 assists, nine digs, three aces and four kills.
"Beaver Local plays a little bit different defense than what we are use to," Hammack said. "We have played them before in the OVAC Tournament and in sectionals. Our girls adjusted. We adjusted how we set the ball. We were able to put the ball where we wanted."
For Beaver Local, Tanner Dolhun had four points, three kills and two blocks; Sierra Wright four points, two kills, 10 sets, four assists and nine digs; Danna Talbott three kills, two blocks and seven digs; Bobbie Ann Theiss two kills; Connor McKenzie 20 sets and two assists; Ashton Roberts five digs; and Lynsey Reckner five kills, 29 sets, five assists and nine digs.
"We prepared for them at practice," Lowe said. "We worked a lot at practice. We knew what they were going to, and at times we executed. The scores might not show it, but we did execute. We were able to hit the ball back. At spots, we did execute against them."
The Beavers made some runs against the Redskins, but in the end Indian Creek was just too tall and too tough.
"Our record may not show it, but we play hard in each game," Lowe said. "We want to continue to improve."
Beaver Local's next match is tonight at home against Buckeye Local.
"It is different not being in the AAC," Lowe said. "We got a lot of recognition up there. We miss playing up north, but it is nice to play some local rivals. It will help us prepare for sectionals.
Indian Creek's next match is against Catholic Central in the East Ohio Invitational Saturday at Buckeye Trail.
"We played well, but we can't give points away," Hammack said. "We have to keep our focus. Every point counts."