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READY TO HIT — Indian Creek’s Camryn Ketron goes up to attempt a kill during Tuesday’s match against Big Red inside the Crimson Center. – Andrew Grimm

STEUBENVILLE — Tuesday’s meeting between Indian Creek and Big Red inside the Crimson Center was one neither side will soon forget.

After winning the second and third sets, only to watch host Steubenville take the fourth and pull ahead early in the fifth, the Redskins rallied, fended off multiple match points and took the five-set win that required extra points decide for a 17-25, 25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 22-20 victory.

“It was a very long match, it was a great match,” Indian Creek head coach Crystal Hammack said. “They are a very good team, they’re very well-coached.

“You just hope in those situations in a match like this that your kids compete, that they hang with it and do their job. That’s what we talk about, just do your job.

“It was back and forth and could have been anybody’s game.”

With the win, Indian Creek improves to 3-0 on the season, while Big Red suffered its second loss in five outings.

Though it was a heart-breaker of a defeat, Big Red coach Logan Colabella was happy with her team’s effort.

“Our girls battled until the end, I’m happy with how they battled,” she said. “From winning the first set, then dropping the next two, and winning the fourth to stay alive, then that fifth set almost went to 25 like a normal set, they didn’t stop battling.

“I’m very proud of the effort, it came down to a bounce here or there, a spot here or there. It could have went either way, it was going to come down to a mistake on one side or the other.”

Playing in a closely contested match full of ups and downs against a team like Creek, she feels, will help her team down the road.

“Creek is a great team, hats off to them,” Colabella said. “A match like this shows the girls they’re capable of coming back from anything. They work together and they never give up, this shows them that it’s not over until it’s actually over.”

The crowd inside the Crimson Center was hanging on to every touch of the ball by the end, with neither side seeming willing to back down as each side fended off multiple match points before it finally ended.

For Indian Creek, Allison McGraw had 13 digs and two aces, Tori Robertson tallied three aces, 22 kills and 21 digs, Camryn Ketron recorded three assists, 11 kills, 16 digs and a block, Reese Scott recorded 39 assists, three aces, 16 digs and one kill, Kylie Anderson tallied four kills, 15 digs, a block and an ace and Cara Vandeborne recorded nine kills and five blocks.

For Big Red, Tejah Montgomery had 16 kills, seven aces, an assist and three digs, Sarah Allen had 14 kills, two aces, four digs and an assist, Analesa Perdue recorded 12 kills and six blocks and Emma Lyons had nine kills and three blocks.

UP NEXT

Indian Creek: Hosts Harrison Central at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Big Red: Is off until it hosts Catholic Central in the first match of the City Championship on Tuesday.

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