COLUMBIANA OH- The McDonald Blue Devils have quickly become one of the top volleyball programs in the area.  The program in just its 4th year of existence traveled to Columbiana looking to improve on the 16 wins they achieved just a season ago.

The Clippers  coming off their own successful 17 win season entered Saturday’s contest looking to fill in the gap of talent lost to graduation. It was the experience of the Blue Devils that proved its might on Saturday winning in 4 sets 25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 25-19. The first two sets of the match showcased the talent of both teams as they exchanged set victories. The 3rd set the Blue Devils leaned on their experience to separate themselves from the Clippers en-route to the 4 set victory.

“During that 3rd set our youth played against us.  We have a lot of talent on this team but there’s a mental aspect to this game as well we need to work on.” ” That being said McDonald is a very good team, I was very happy with how we played defensively”-Columbiana Head Coach Jennifer Martin.

Gianna Constantino and Maria Rasile kept that defense busy all day.  Constantino led the way with 20 kills and 23 digs. Rasile contributed 15 kills and 20 digs of her own. Megan Klockner contributed to the Blue Devil offense with 42 sets. Columbiana’s Ellie Jackson had a great all around performance 7 kills, 18 digs, 21 sets. Cameron Perkins also contributed a strong performance with 9 kills, 25 digs, 14 sets. Maryn Hepler and Ava Heinrich solidified the Clippers defense with 18 and 24 digs respectively.

The Clippers coach knows the season has a long way to go ” One game at a time we’ll put this behind us and reset at practice on Monday”  McDonald looks to continue their wining ways on Monday as they travel to Maplewood. Columbiana will welcome in EOAC rival United on Tuesday.

*Contributed By YSN’s Chris Sigler