LAKE VIEW - The River Valley Wolverines were underrated all year by others, but not by their coach, Marlene Baumann.
Monday night, in a Class 1A District volleyball match against Wall Lake View- Auburn , River Valley "played our best volleyball in 3 1/2 games," according to Baumann, "then we began to doubt ourselves, missed crucial serves and spikes, and that's all it took to give WLVA the opening they needed."
The Wolverines lost the first game to WLVA, 20-25, but then won the next two by 25-17 and 25-20 scores, giving them a 2-1 advantage in games. WLVA won the fourth game, though, by a 25-22 score, and then the fifth and deciding game, 15-5.
As a result, the River Valley team finds itself sitting on the sidelines with an excellent 28-7 overall record in matches this season, 10-1 in Maple Valley Conference play. RV won 71 of 99 games this season.
Jody Peterson led RV hitters with 42/48, and 20 kills; Marisa Graham had 52/59 and 18 kills; Emily Todd was 27/31 with 13 kills, and Alissa Slota was 24/27 with nine kills. Graham led servers with 22/22, including two aces. Angie Edwards also had two ace serves in her 11/12 service performance. Katie Carnes was 11/11, and also had 41 assists. Edwards led in digs with 35, and Kelsey Utesch had 15.
Coach Baumann said the WLVA match was a "really tough one to lose." She singled out "three fantastic seniors in Angie Edwards, Marisa Graham, and Kelsey Utesch - they were our leaders on and off the court."
She also said that she is "extremely proud of the whole team," and that this year's excellent season "definitely sets up next season."