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BELMONT — East Liverpool captured its 14th OVAC title volleyball title by sweeping Beaver Local, 25-11, 25-22, 25-10, in the Class 4A final Saturday at Union Local High School.

The Potters improve to 19-3.

Leaders for the Potters were Kyia White with eight kills and two aces, Kenzie Headley four kills and seven blocks, Ava Green five blocks, Erica Ward four aces, Dalani Ice 11 assists and Kamryn Yanni six assists.

East Liverpool’s other OVAC championships came in 1979, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The Beavers wrap up the regular season at 15-7.

“Although today was not the outcome we were working towards, I have to say I’m still proud of our team and the progressions they have made throughout the season,” Beave Local coach Sarah Lowe said. “With some of our matches early on we battled some tough teams and grew with each match. The team worked hard to finish second in the OVAC regular season and tournament. Today our unforced errors and mindset got the best of us. With rebuilding most of our starting lineup this season, for many of our girls this was their first tournament matchup.

For the Beavers, Jocelyn Pomeroy had eight kills; Peyton Roberts six kills; Aleia Evanko five kills, 11 assists and eight digs; Briar Wolski five kills,two aces and 12 digs; Shay Mackall four kills; Emma Joseph 13 assists; Chloe Reed 24 digs; and Jacquelyn Campbell and Danica Germanovich each had 10 digs.

“It will be good to have had the experience from today as we head into sectionals on Wednesday vs the winner of St. Clairsville and Indian Creek. We do have to give credit to East Liverpool today for putting together a solid match and strong blocking front row.”

Second-seeded East Liverpool will host the Maysville-Philo winner at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. New Concord John Glenn and Carrollton will play in the opener at 6 p.m.

Wellsville 3, Toronto 0

BELMONT — Wellsville won its 11th OVAC volleyball championship in school history by breezing past top-seed Toronto 25-19, 25-18, 25-23 in the Class 2A final Saturday at Union Local High School.

Presley Stokes had 21 kills, four aces, 12 assists and two digs for the Tigers, who are 22-1. Bella Poppelriter added 17 assists, 17 digs, two aces, three kills and three blocks. Aubri Ramsey had 15 digs, two aces and two assistgs. Alana Amato had 13 kills, five blocks and seven digs. Kaylee Rawson had four digs, Stakya Sallis had three kills and three digs and Brooke Hackney had five kills, two aces and two blocks. Myleigh Jackson had two blocks and key ace late in the the third game

Hannah Dobbs had 16 kills and 14 digs for Toronto. Andrea Reeves added 22 assists. Riley Fisher had 18 digs as did Michelle Anderson.

Wellsville’s other OVAC volleyball championships came in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1990, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2021.

Wellsville, winners of 22 straight, will host Valley Christian on Tuesday as part of a sectional doubleheader. St. Thomas and Warren JFK will begin the night at 6 p.m. with the Tigers and Valley to follow.

Toronto falls to 18-4 and it opens tournament play with Frontier on Thursday at Toronto.

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