The Ridge View Blazers volleyball team hosted the Blythewood Bengals in a Region 4-4A match on Tuesday, 10/07/08. Both teams came into the match tied for second at 3-1 in the Region, with this match to determine sole ownership of second place behind front-runner Rock Hill. With Blythewood's overall record at 11-4 coming in, and Ridge View's at 10-3, this promised to be a close match. Even though the Bengals won this one in 3 straight (25-23, 25-22, 25-21), each set was closely contested and went down to the last few points of the set with Blythewood using late surges to take each one.
The Blazers started fast in set 1 getting out to an 18-14 lead, but the Bengals would rally and score 7 out of the next 10 points to tie the score at 21. With the score tied at 21, a controversial call would swing the edge the Bengals' way. Ridge View's junior outside hitter Hannah Cox, on a spike attempt, hit a ball off of the Blythewood block which landed out of bounds and was ruled a point for Ridge View by the up-ref, who was located closest to the play. After a conference with the down-ref, the call was reversed saying that the ball had not contacted the Blythewood player, and was off of the net instead, changing the point to Blythewood's, giving the Bengals a 22-21 lead. The Bengals went on to win a very close first set 25-23.
The Bengals carried the momentum into set 2, and got out to a quick 11-4 lead. The Blazers would then rally scoring 10 of the next 15 points to get to within 2 points at 14-16. The Bengals then countered by scoring 6 of the next 8, to go up 22-16. Behind strong serving from Hannah Cox, including 2 aces, Ridge View scored 5 consecutive points to get to within a point at 21-22. Blythewood would again have a late flurry to win the second set 25-22. In similar fashion, the 3rd set stayed close until late, with ties at 8, 14, and 17 points. With the score tied at 17, Blythewood turned the pressure up by scoring 6 of the next 7 points to go up 23-18, and would go on to win the set 25-21.
The Bengals front line including Mary Barnes, used strong and athletic play at the net throughout the match, either getting their hands on or altering many of the kill attempts from the Blazers. The back-row defense for the Bengals also played well, digging shots that the Blazers were able to get past the defense at the net, thus allowing their hitters to hammer some hard-hit balls at the Blazers in return. The Bengals' excellent defense showed, as the Blazers only accumulated a total of 25 kills for the match. The scrappy Ridge View team hung tough though, doing a good job of keeping their own share of attacked balls alive, extending points, serving well, and giving them late chances in each set. The Blazers had 39 total digs in the match, lead by setter Megan Woodall's 13, and Hannah Cox's 10. Cox also was excellent behind the service line, where she contributed 16 service points, including 7 aces in her 21 attempts.
The win boosts the Bengals' record to 4-1 in the region, 12-4 overall, and drops the Blazers' mark to 3-2 in the region, 10-4 overall.
Ridge View stats:
Lauren Fink (OH) 9 Kills, 1 Ace, 6 Digs, 1 Assist. Megan Woodall (S) 22 Assists, 2 Kills, 2 Aces, 13 Digs. Keyaira Stevenson (MB) 8 Kills, 2 Aces, 2 Digs, 2 Block assists. Hannah Cox (OH) 3 Kills, 7 Aces, 10 Digs, 1 Assist. Jordan Dopp (RS) 2 Aces, 3 Digs, 2 Block assists. Shatoya White (MB) 3 Kills, 2 Digs. Ryann Dopp (DS) 2 Aces, 1 Dig. Vanessa Woods (DS) 2 Digs.