In the final Region 4-4A match of the 2008 season for both teams, the Ridge View Blazers traveled to Blythewood to take on the Bengals on Thursday, 10/23/08. The Bengals came into the match at 8-1 in the region, needing a win to assure a tie for first place with the Rock Hill Bearcats, who were also 8-1. The Blazers entered the match at 5-4 in the region, and would remain in 3rd place regardless of a win or loss. In the previous meeting between these two teams, Blythewood prevailed in 3 close sets (25-23, 25-22, 25-21).
The first set stayed close in the early stages with Blythewood maintaining a 2-point lead at 16-14. The Bengals widened the margin by scoring 3 straight points to go up 19-14, and went on to win the set 25-17. The Bengals came out sizzling in set 2, building a 21-5 lead, and playing a nearly perfect set. They used strong net play and aggressive hitting to overpower the Blazers for most of this set. The Blazers rallied, scoring 7 unanswered points to get to within 9 points at 21-12, but the Bengals rebounded to win the set 25-14. Set 3 saw Ridge View turn up their game using good court coverage and some well-placed hitting, to get out to a healthy 19-13 lead. As good teams normally do, Blythewood made their comeback, scoring 4 straight points to get within 2 at 17-19, ultimately tying the score at 21. Ridge View answered, scoring a pair to go up 23-21, but could not hold off the hard-charging Bengals, as they scored the final 4 points of the set to win 25-23.
For Ridge View, senior outside hitter Lauren Fink tied for the team-lead with 7 kills and 3 service aces with sophomore middle blocker Keyaira Stevenson. Junior setter Megan Woodall collected a team-leading 11 defensive digs, and added a pair of serve aces. Junior outside hitter Hannah Cox contributed 5 kills and 8 digs. Senior middle blocker Shatoya White was a strong defensive force at the net with 2 solo blocks and 3 block assists in the match.
Selected as leading players for this match by the Bengals' head coach were setter Caleen Hawkins and middle blocker Andrea Keesee. The win moves Blythewood's overall record to 21-4-1, and 9-1 in the region. The loss drops Ridge View's overall record to 13-7, and region mark to 5-5.
Ridge View Stats:
Lauren Fink (OH) 7 Kills, 3 Aces, 7 Digs. Megan Woodall (S) 17 Assists, 1 Kill, 2 Aces, 11 Digs, 2 Block assists. Keyaira Stevenson (MB) 7 Kills, 3 Aces, 7 Digs. Hannah Cox (OH) 5 Kills, 1 Ace, 8 Digs, 1 Assist. Jordan Dopp (RS) 1 Assist. Shatoya White (MB) 2 Aces, 4 Digs, 1 Assist, 2 Block solo, 3 Block assists. Ryann Dopp (DS) 4 Digs. Vanessa Woods (DS) 6 Digs. Chanell Rose (OH/RS) 1 Kill, 2 Aces, 1 Block solo, 1 Block assist. Diara Lewis (MB) 1 Dig, 1 Block solo.