STEUBENVILLE -- Out of four local teams, two took OVAC volleyball titles at Steubenville High School on Saturday, with the Cambridge Bobcats repeating as Class 4-A champs and Caldwell taking the Class 2-A title over Barnesville.
Buckeye Trail also had a measure of success, taking the consolation game after suffering their first loss of the season in the Class 3-A semifinals to achieve the school's 700th all-time varsity volleyball victory.
In 2-A action, Caldwell advance to the finals with a win over Steubenville Catholic, 25-22, 28-26, while Barnesville denied Monroe Central coach Troy Baker his 200th win with a 25-22, 25-20 decision.
In the finals, Caldwell (17-6) owned the first game behind the service of Katlin Weisend, Stacey Mugrage and Lizzy Nau, while Nau and Maggie Tilton owned the net, taking a 25-18 win.
While the Lady Redskins never trailed in the opener, the Lady Shamrocks (17-5) returned the favor in the second game with a 25-23 victory, fueled by seniors Katy Hickenbottom and Heidi Hines.
In the deciding third set, the teams were evenly-matched before the Redskins went on an 8-0 run behind Mugrage's service and Tilton's play up front, running to a 25-12 win.
"I thought we played great against Monroe Central. We got up but it is easy to be up when everything is going your way," said Barnesville coach Nikki McEndree. "We really struggled bad in the first game (of the finals) and got down and dug a hole we couldn't get out. At least we came back for the second game, put up a fight and won that one. In the third game, we just dug too big of a hole and you just can't dig out of a hole like that against a team like Caldwell."
Caldwell received 14-kill efforts from Nau, Mugrage and Tilton in the finals, with Mugrage recording 18 digs and 10 points. Weisend added 20 assists and six digs, while Marla Border had 14 assists and seven digs.
For Barnesville, Devvyn Yager had 15 assists and seven digs, while Paige Gibbons added 14 helpers and 11 digs. Hines had 17 kills and 13 digs, while Hickenbottom recorded 12 kills and a pair of blocks.
Monroe Central's Baker got win No. 200 in the consolation game as his Lady 'Noles swept Steubenville Catholic, 25-20, 25-23.
In Class 3-A, Buckeye Trail was upset by fourth-seeded Edison, which took a 22-25, 25-22, 25-20 win over the state-ranked Lady Warriors despite Trail rallying back from a 17-12 deficit to take the lead in the deciding third game.
Against Edison, some history was made in the long lore of Lady Warriors' volleyball as sophomore Lynsey Beros recorded 29 assists to surpass 1,000 in her short career, only the fifth Lady Warrior to do so. The loss put Buckeye
Trail against St. Clairsville, which fell to Tyler Consolidated, 25-21, 25-23, in the other semifinal.
"Edison outplayed us for much of the match and they did more things right than we did," observed Trail coach Jeff Beros. "We had 20 hitting errors, so they got 20 points off of balls we hit out of bounds or into the net, but they outplayed us. We can't expect to make that many mistakes and expect to move on and win a championship.
"Fortunately for us, we were able to regroup against St. Clairsville," Beros continued. "We were able to put them away today in two, so it was good to bounce back and I'm proud of how they bounced back. To be 20-1 right now is pretty darn good."
The Lady Warriors (20-1) also made some more history against St. C. in the consolation game. With their 25-18, 25-18 sweep, the Lady Warriors won their 700th varsity match (Trail is now 700-135 all-time).
Alexa Abrams recorded 15 kills against the Lady Devils, while Morgan Abrams had seven. Lynsey Beros added 20 more assists.
Edison edged Tyler Consolidated for the 3-A championship, 14-25, 25-23, 25-14.