The Ridge View volleyball team (3-2) defeated the Airport Eagles 3-1 (25-14, 25-27, 25-10, 25-17) on Wednesday in the Blazers' home opener. Following a tough 3-0 Region 4-4A loss to powerful Rock Hill the night before, and with Airport coming in with an overall 7-1 record and ranked No. 9 in the Class 3A coaches poll, things looked to be pretty challenging for the home team.
The Blazers responded however with some very consistent volleyball throughout the match, and came away with a solid win. The Blazers maintained control throughout, except for a close 27-25-second set loss. Ridge View performed well in all aspects of the game, with several players having season-best statistical totals by the end of the match.
Sophomore middle blocker Keyaira Stevenson was both an aggressive force at the net and behind the service line collecting 16 kills, 8 service aces, and 5 digs. Junior setter Megan Woodall in her most complete game of the season contributed from all areas of the court with 40 assists, 7 kills, 4 aces, and 6 digs. Outside hitters Lauren Fink (senior) and Hannah Cox (junior) were effective both above and below the net, with Fink contributing 9 kills, 2 aces, and a team-leading 15 digs, while Cox added 10 kills and 10 digs to the total. Defensive specialists Ryann Dopp (junior) and Vanessa Woods (senior) combined for 17 defensive digs. A crowd favorite was Stephanie Sweatman's lefty blast down the middle for an untouched winner late in the 4th set.
It was a well-rounded effort from the Blazers following a loss (and long trip) to Rock Hill. The Blazers continue their three-matches-in-three-nights stretch as they take on region-foe Spring Valley Thursday on the road.
Ridge View stats: Lauren Fink (OH) - 9 Kills, 2 Aces, 15 Digs Megan Woodall (S) - 40 Assists, 7 Kills, 4 Aces, 6 Digs Keyaira Stevenson (MB) - 16 Kills, 8 Aces, 5 Digs, 1 Block assist Hannah Cox (OH) - 10 Kills, 10 Digs, 3 Assists, 1 Block assist Jordan Dopp (RS) - 2 Kills, 2 Aces, 8 Digs, 3 Assists Shatoya White (MB) - 8 Kills, 1 Block solo Ryann Dopp (DS) - 9 Digs Vanessa Woods (DS) -1 Kill, 8 Digs Stephanie Sweatman (RS) - 1 Kill, 1 Dig