The Ridge View Blazers volleyball team visited Spring Valley on Tuesday,10/13/09, needing a win to move into a tie for 3rd in Region 4-4A with theVikings. The Blazers lost their 2 previous region matches to #4-rankedBlythewood and #6-ranked Rock Hill to drop their region record to 2-4 on theseason, 10-7 overall. The Vikings, following a loss to #4 Blythewood, cameinto play that night with a 3-3 region record, 14-7 overall. With only 4region matches remaining for each team, this match would likely be importantin determining seedings for the 4A state tournament in late October.
Set 1 started with Ridge View getting out to a quick 7-2 lead over theVikings. The Blazers increased the margin to 19-10, going on to win the set25-16. The Vikings evened the match in set 2, taking a lead midway throughthe set at 17-12. The Blazers battled back to tie the set at 21, but SpringValley answered by scoring 4 of the next 6 points to win the set 25-23.
Set 3 was close early as Ridge View had a slim 13-11 lead, but made strong runin the 2nd half of the set, scoring 12 of the last 15 points of the set. Set4 was similar, with Ridge View maintaining a 12-8 lead, going on to win thefinal set 25-15.
The Blazer girls had a well-rounded effort in this match, with several playersbeing involved in both the offensive and defensive aspects of the match. Thestrong serving that was absent in the previous Rock Hill match seemed to makea re-appearance against Spring Valley. Junior blocker/hitter KeyairaStevenson, after missing the previous 6 matches due to illness, made herpresence felt quickly, banging out a team-leading 13 kills, also adding 2 soloblocks, and 7 digs. Senior setter Megan Woodall distributed the ball tomultiple hitters (3 Blazer hitters had double digit kills), on her way to 31assists for the match, also adding a team-leading 12 defensive digs, and 5serve aces. Senior hitter Hannah Cox was successful in all areas of thecourt, collecting 12 kills, 8 digs, and a team-leading 7 serve aces.Sophomore blocker/hitter Diara Lewis was similar, with 11 kills, 10 defensivedigs, and 4 serve aces.
The win moves Ridge View into a tie for 3rd place in the region with SpringValley at 3-4. The two teams split the decisions in their two meetings thisseason, with Spring Valley winning a 3-setter in their initial match. Next upfor the Blazers will be a home match against Lancaster on Thursday at 7:00.
Ridge View (11-7, 3-4) vs Spring Valley (14-8, 3-4) 3-1 (25-16, 23-25,25-14, 25-15)
Megan Woodall 31 Assists, 12 Digs, 5 Aces, 3 Kills.Diara Lewis 11 Kills, 10 Digs, 4 Aces, 1 block assist.Keyaira Stevenson 13 Kills, 7 Digs, 2 Aces, 2 solo blocks.Hannah Cox 12 Kills, 7 Aces, 8 Digs, 1 block assist.Raven Ashe 7 Digs, 5 Aces.Ronnisha Willis 9 Digs, 1 Ace, 1 solo block.Kendra Vaughn 3 Kills, 4 Digs, 1 Ace, 2 Assists.