The Ridge View volleyball Blazers got back on the winning track again after a hard-fought loss to Blythewood the day before, when they traveled to Airport High School to take on the Eagles in a non-region game on Wednesday, 10/08/08. The Blazers did not play their most consistent volleyball of the season, committing a larger number of unforced errors than normal, but played well when they needed to, and came away with a 3-0 win (25-22, 25-22, 25-21) over a tough Eagle team.
Airport started fast and built a late 18-14 lead over Ridge View in set 1. The Blazers then ran off 8 consecutive points behind the strong serving of junior outside hitter Hannah Cox, to take the lead at 22-18, and would go on to win set 1 over the Eagles 25-22. In set 2, the Blazers set the pace getting out to an early 7-1 lead fueled by 5 service points and 3 aces during the stretch by sophomore middle blocker Keyaira Stevenson. The Eagles battled back and made it to within a point of the Blazers at 19-18, but the Blazers turned things around going on to win a close set at 25-21. Set 3 showed Ridge View again starting fast behind 9 consecutive service points by senior outside hitter Lauren Fink to build a 9-0 lead. The Eagles again rebounded to score 13 of the next 21 points to make it a 17-13 Blazer lead, but Ridge View was able to hold this margin and win the set 25-21.
Lauren Fink had a big day for the Blazers contributing 9 kills, and a team-leading 15 digs. Keyaira Stevenson was strong at the net with 11 kills, and 3 solo blocks. Senior defensive specialist Vanessa Woods covered the back row with 14 digs in a solid defensive showing.
The win brings Ridge View's overall mark to 11-4 on the season.
Ridge View Stats:
Lauren Fink (OH) 9 Kills, 1 Ace, 15 Digs, 1 Assist. Megan Woodall (S) 30 Assists, 1 Kill, 1 Ace, 6 Digs. Keyaira Stevenson (MB) 11 Kills, 3 Aces, 1 Dig, 3 Block solo. Hannah Cox (OH) 1 Kill, 1 Ace, 10 Digs. Jordan Dopp (RS) 3 Kills, 7 Digs, 1 Assist. Shatoya White (MB) 6 Kills, 5 Digs. Ryann Dopp (DS) 4 Digs. Vanessa Woods (DS) 1 Kill, 14 Digs. Chanell Rose (OH) 4 Kills. Stephanie Sweatman (RS) 1 Ace.