The Ridge View Blazers volleyball team hosted the Stallions from South Pointein a Region 4-4A match on Tuesday, 10/21/08. This was their 2nd meeting ofthe 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 SouthPointe 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 inthis season. The Blazers had a 5-3 region record coming in, and the Stallionswere 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 omenfor the rest of the evening. In set 2, Ridge View would get out to a late22-16 lead, but the Stallions rallied to score the next 5 unanswered points toget within 1 at 22-21. With the score tied at 23, the Stallions continued thelate rally scoring 3 of the last 4 points to close out the set 26-24. In set3, the two teams traded punches with neither grabbing more than a 3-pointlead. With South Pointe having a set-point lead at 24-22, the Blazers stagetheir own rally scoring 3 straight, behind 2 clutch service points by outsidehitter Lauren Fink to give the Blazers the lead 25-24. In a very excitingseries of the last 8 points with Ridge View scoring 6 of them, the Blazersedged out the Stallions in set 3 at 28-26. Ridge View jumped out to a 6-2lead 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. Behindthe serving of middle blocker Shatoya White, the Blazers scored 5 straightpoints in a frenzied comeback to get within 3 at 22-25, before South Pointeclosed set 4 with a final point to win 25-22. Set 5 saw the Stallions get outto a quick 3-0 lead in the shortened set, but Ridge View would retake the leadat 4-3 behind 2 serve aces from setter Megan Woodall. South Pointe answeredby scoring 5 of the next 7 points to go up 8-6, and was able to keep this2-point margin, holding off the late Blazer efforts, going on to win set 5 at15-13.
Even though this was a heart-breaker for the Blazers, several Ridge Viewplayers had very solid performances, tallying season-high (and probably careerhigh) statistical match totals. While some of this is attributed to thelength of the match and high point totals, a lot of it needs to be attributedto a quality effort by the players involved. Sophomore middle blocker KeyairaStevenson was 'the hammer' in the middle, putting away 23 kills needing only36 total attempts. Senior outside hitter Lauren Fink was a workhorse on theoutside, also clearing the 20+ mark with 20 kills, and adding 10 defensivedigs. Both of these were season-high totals for these hitters. Junior setterMegan Woodall was all over the place, distributing a season-high 55 assists,collecting 17 digs, and a team-leading 4 serve aces. Junior outside hitterHannah Cox had a great defensive effort, extending points by digging up ateam-leading 23 South Pointe attacks, another season-high total. Even in aloss, these efforts were worth remembering.
South Pointe was a much-improved team than during the first meeting, andshowed a lot of toughness coming back to win the final 2 sets after losing the3rd set 26-28 to go down 1-2 in the match. South Pointe did a great job ofholding late leads in the final 2 sets, and preventing the rallying Blazersfrom a late comeback.
The loss drops the Blazers overall season record to 13-6, and 5-4 in theregion.
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.