HOLSTEIN - The Ridge View Raptors volleyball team, ranked #6 in the latest Class 2A rankings, played a triangular tournament here against River Valley and Cherokee Washington on Thursday, and they swept all six games against the two area rivals.
After beating RV by a 25-11 score in the opening game, things got much tougher in games two and three of the match, as the Raptors escaped with 25-23 and 29-27 victories. Roxanne Grundmeier led Ridge View with 14 kills and Brooke Wiese and Shannon Rohlk added eight and seven kills, respectively. Egypt Clayton had 23 assists in the match and Nicole Snyder chipped in with nine. Grundmeier also led the team with 12 digs, while Wiese had seven. Several players had one block apiece and Snyder served up two aces.
In the Cherokee match, game scores were 25-21, 25-19 and 25-16. Grundmeier and Nicole Boyle had 11 and seven kills, respectively, to lead the Raptors' attack, while Clayton and Snyder had 15 and 11 assists, respectively, to lead the team in that category. Clayton and Boyle each had one block as well, while Brooke Wiese led in ace serves. Wiese, with nine, Grundmeier, with seven, and Beth Schwanz, with six, led the team in digs.
Raptors coach Scott Mitchell said the Raptors, now 8-1 overall, "hit the ball very well tonight," but he also stated that the team needs to continue to focus on working on their passing. Mitchell commented that "we had some opportunities to close out games, but failed to do that, and allowed them right back into those games."