The Ridge View Blazers volleyball team hosted the Stallions from South Pointe in a Region 4-4A match on Tuesday, 10/21/08. This was their 2nd meeting of the season, with the Blazers taking the first match at South Pointe 3-1 (17-25, 25-13, 25-15, 25-22). The rematch turned into a marathon as South Pointe won the final 2 sets to edge out the Blazers 3-2 (17-25, 26-24, 26-28, 25-22, 15-13). This was the first 5-set match that Ridge View has competed in this season. The Blazers had a 5-3 region record coming in, and the Stallions were 2-6 in the region and 4-12 overall.
The Blazers won set 1 rather handily at 25-17, but this would not be an omen for the rest of the evening. In set 2, Ridge View would get out to a late 22-16 lead, but the Stallions rallied to score the next 5 unanswered points to get within 1 at 22-21. With the score tied at 23, the Stallions continued the late rally scoring 3 of the last 4 points to close out the set 26-24. In set 3, the two teams traded punches with neither grabbing more than a 3-point lead. With South Pointe having a set-point lead at 24-22, the Blazers stage their own rally scoring 3 straight, behind 2 clutch service points by outside hitter Lauren Fink to give the Blazers the lead 25-24. In a very exciting series of the last 8 points with Ridge View scoring 6 of them, the Blazers edged out the Stallions in set 3 at 28-26. Ridge View jumped out to a 6-2 lead in set 4, but South Pointe again came back quickly to tie the score at 7. South Pointe continued their inspired play to take a late 24-17 lead. Behind the serving of middle blocker Shatoya White, the Blazers scored 5 straight points in a frenzied comeback to get within 3 at 22-25, before South Pointe closed set 4 with a final point to win 25-22. Set 5 saw the Stallions get out to a quick 3-0 lead in the shortened set, but Ridge View would retake the lead at 4-3 behind 2 serve aces from setter Megan Woodall. South Pointe answered by scoring 5 of the next 7 points to go up 8-6, and was able to keep this 2-point margin, holding off the late Blazer efforts, going on to win set 5 at 15-13.
Even though this was a heart-breaker for the Blazers, several Ridge View players had very solid performances, tallying season-high (and probably career high) statistical match totals. While some of this is attributed to the length of the match and high point totals, a lot of it needs to be attributed to a quality effort by the players involved. Sophomore middle blocker Keyaira Stevenson was 'the hammer' in the middle, putting away 23 kills needing only 36 total attempts. Senior outside hitter Lauren Fink was a workhorse on the outside, also clearing the 20+ mark with 20 kills, and adding 10 defensive digs. Both of these were season-high totals for these hitters. Junior setter Megan Woodall was all over the place, distributing a season-high 55 assists, collecting 17 digs, and a team-leading 4 serve aces. Junior outside hitter Hannah Cox had a great defensive effort, extending points by digging up a team-leading 23 South Pointe attacks, another season-high total. Even in a loss, these efforts were worth remembering.
South Pointe was a much-improved team than during the first meeting, and showed a lot of toughness coming back to win the final 2 sets after losing the 3rd set 26-28 to go down 1-2 in the match. South Pointe did a great job of holding late leads in the final 2 sets, and preventing the rallying Blazers from a late comeback.
The loss drops the Blazers overall season record to 13-6, and 5-4 in the region.
vs. South Pointe 2-3 (25-17, 24-26, 28-26, 22-25, 13-15)
Ridge View Stats:
Lauren Fink (OH) 20 Kills, 2 Aces, 10 Digs. Megan Woodall (S) 55 Assists, 2 Kills, 4 Aces, 17 Digs. Keyaira Stevenson (MB) 23 Kills, 2 Aces, 1 Dig, 1 Block solo. Hannah Cox (OH) 8 Kills, 1 Ace, 23 Digs, 2 Assists. Jordan Dopp (RS) 4 Kills, 10 Digs, 2 Assists. Shatoya White (MB) 6 Kills, 3 Aces, 1 Dig, 1 Assist. Ryann Dopp (DS) 7 Digs. Vanessa Woods (DS) 2 Kills, 6 Digs. Chanell Rose (OH/RS) 3 Kills, 2 Digs, 1 Assist.