Ridge View volleyball coach Scott Mitchell said, "Even though our record doesn't show it, we played our best volleyball of the year so far" at Saturday's tournament at Fort Dodge. The record (2-4) didn't show it because of the very tough competition the Raptors faced over the course of the day against larger schools.
Ridge View led off the day by defeating the host Fort Dodge team in three games - 22-20, 17-21, 15-11, and they then took on number one - ranked Western Christian in their second match. Ridge View did much better than most teams do against the perennial powerhouse, losing 12-21,19-21. In their third match, the Raptors reounded nicely, dropping Osage 21-19, 21-15. Match #4 was against Lewis Central of Council Bluffs, and the Titans took care of the Raptors by scores of 21-10, 21-17.
The Raptors came back for a 21-12 win in the first game of their next match, against Nevada, but the Cubs took the last two games by scores of 21-15 and 15-10. In their final match of the day, the Raptors faced Ames, and Ridge View fell in three tough games, winning the first one 25-23, before losing 21-17, 15-11 to the Little Cyclone gals.
Despite their record, Coach Mitchell said his team "passed the ball much better and we were able to get into our offense. The speed of the game was so much faster and we elevated our game. I am hoping we can continue to build on this and play at our level."
Ridge View's stats on the day : Roxanne Grundmeier had 49 kills and Brooke Wiese 30 to pace the attack; Egypt Clayton had 94 assists; Grundmeier had 54 digs and Gretchen Kistenmacher 35; Nicole Boyle had seven blocks and Shannon Rohlk six; and ace serves were led by Kistenmacher with seven and Wiese with six.
Ridge View's season record is now 16-7. Their conference mark is 3-0, and the JV and freshmen girls have posted 6-3 and 10-1 records, respectively.
Ridge View will play in the Western Valley Conference tournament on Saturday, with the finals being played in Mapleton on Monday.