WHEELING - The first set was a marathon, and it did take a toll on the young players during the Linlsy-Bridgeport volleyball match Wednesday night on the Linsly campus. The Bulldogs (1-3) had enough energy left in them to take three straight sets after losing the first to secure the victory against the Cadets (0-1), 33-35, 25-19, 25-20, 25-12.
"It was a long match," Bridgeport coach Ron Kelly said. "It was hot, and the girls were fighting the heat. We played well at times which was evident, but overall I thought they played well enough to win, and that's the key to it."
In the first set, the score was 16-12 after Bridgeport hit the ball over to Linsly's side and thought it had a point after the ball hit the air conditioning vent. Linsly was smart as it did not hear a whistle blow and played it out. The Cadets read the ball perfectly and managed to get the point. The set went back and forth as the score was tied several times. In the end, after a marathon volley, Linsly was able to secure the first set, 35-33.
Photo by Kyle Lutz/Bridgeport’s Dakota Dobrzynski (center) sets the ball for a spike during a match against Linsly Wednesday in Wheeling.
"We didn't execute the ball, and we didn't of course attack like we needed to," Kelly said about the first set.
"If anything could go wrong, that is what happened," Cadets coach Michelle Runkle said. "We had someone who had to step up and stay in the whole time, so it kind of threw everybody off. Bridgeport stayed with them the whole time. I can't say anything bad on either side. It just went and went and went."
The next set looked like it was going to be the same way as the score was 18-18, but Bridgeport put up six straight points to gain the second set, 25-19, and were able to take the third (25-20) and fourth set (25-12).
"We are a team that needs to be hitting the ball more, which we do not do that as well," Kelly said. "That is one of the things that we need to work on, and we have been talking about that all year."
According to Kelly, his Bridgeport team is a rather young one as well. It is a rebuilding year for his program, with only four returning lettermen from last year's squad.
In 2013, Linsly won three games, and had no seniors on the team. Even with the loss, the Cadets showed a lot of heart and are determined to have a better season.
"We hope so," Runkle said. "Hopefully some experience can improve this season."
This year, Linsly has four seniors.
With it being the Cadets first game of the season, there was some nerves going into the match, according to Runkle. The Bulldogs already played three prior to Tuesday and had a slight advantage.
"We had our first-game jitters we needed to work out," Runkle said. "We have two freshmen, one sophomore, two juniors, and four seniors. This is the first time they all actually played together in a match. So was it a disadvantage? Yes."
For Bridgeport, Briana Massey had 17 digs, seven kills with six blocks and two aces. Vanessa Stanton led the Bulldogs in digs with 22 while Dakota Dobrzynski had 18 assists.
Miah Runkle led the way for the Cadets in digs as she totaled 14. Cari Ferguson had 16 assists.
d. St. Clairsville
25-23, 25-14, 18-25, 25-19
WOODFIELD - Taryn Burkhart had 16 points, including two aces, 10 digs and a pair of blocks to lead Monroe Central (3-0) to the victory.
Katelyn Dimmerling added 10 points and 22 assists and Erin Miller eight kills and eight points (three assists) for the Seminoles. Allison Kuhn had 22 assists and Molly Schumacher five blocks.
Courtney Stover had 12 points, and five aces, along with eight assists and Kaley Garloch had seven points and 18 assists. Rebekah Sadlowski had 12 kills for the Red Devils.
Moore Medals for
CAMBRIDGE -Damon Moore carded a 4-over 39 to take medalist honors and lead Meadowbrook to a dual-match victory over Dover.
Meadowbrook, who also had 40s from Trey Singleton and Taylor Gandy, improved to 7-1 in dual matches and 28-13 overall.
Dover was led by Ashton Hall and Alex German with twin 43s.
River Wins Quad
River's Blaze Amos and Isaac Curtis fired 3-over 38s to help lead the Pilots to victory in a quad match at Clair Mar.
Bishop Donahue's Steven Gretchen was the medalist with a 1-over 36, continuing the senior's run of medalist vcitories.
Jarrett Cousby led runner-up Union Local with a 40, while Shadyside was led by Jake Gregan and Nick Ferrell, with 48 each.
Wheeling Central 3
John Marshall 1
WHEELING - Hannah Dieffenbaugher, Cate Calissie and Monica Minor netted goals to lead Wheeling Central victory.
Minor also had an assist in the contest for the Maroon Knights (2-0).
Marissa Tordella recorded the goal for John Marshall.
Steubenville 1, Weir 1
STEUBENVILLE - Steubenville and Weir played to a 1-1 tie Wednesday night at Harding Stadium.
Wednesday's game was the latest hard-fought contest between the two local rivals.
"It was a very intense game," first-year Weir (2-0-1) coach Jim Luevano said. "It was a hard-fought game by both teams.
"Neither team was going to make a mistake on the field. It was a very good game."
Frederico Torres scored for Big Red (1-1-1), and Chayton Luevano netted the goal for Weir. Both goals were unassisted.