River Valley senior volleyball players line up for a different sport.
CORRECTIONVILLE - The River Valley Wolverines and Aurelia Bulldogs met here on Sept. 2 in a season-opening, non-conference volleyball match. When it was over, veteran Wolverine coach Marlene Bauman's girls had won three straight close games over first-year Bulldog coach Ann Gerdes-Dornack's squad by scores of 25-17, 25-19, 25-20.
The Wolverines were led on defense by Tonya Johnson, who had two solo blocks and one team block; Andrea Nelson, with one solo block and two team blocks; Charlee Brewer with nine digs and Kari Ludvigson with five digs.
Ludvigson connected on 6-7 hits, all of them aces, and Tonya Johnson was 7-7 on her hits. Setters included Steph Shever, 26 of 30 with eight aces and Kelsey Wright was 16-21 with three aces.
River Valley's Steph Shever makes a nice set while teammate Andrea Nelson (8) moves in to assist during season-opening volleyball action against Aurelia in Correctionville on Sept. 2. Photo by Reta Todd
Leading servers were Shever, 12-14 with one ace; Johnson, 10-12 with five aces; Ludvigson, 10-11 with three aces; and Amber Bauer, 8-10 with one ace.
Coach Bauman's comment about the game was "We have lots to work on!!"
RV also won the JV match, 21-17, 15-21, 17-15, and the feshman match, 21-7 and 21-15.
Kaylea Simons and Kari Ludvigson almost collide as they attempt to receive the volleyball in the season opener against Aurelia in Correctionville. Photo by Reta Todd
Sophomore Audrey Winterhof led Aurelia's hitters with seven attempts and one kill and Shaina Thevenin had four attempts and one kill. Erin Laursen led the defense with three blocks, and Kayla Bruns served one ace.
Coach Dornack said she is looking forward to the rest of the season "with a stronger team in the future - and more wins."