DENISON - The Ridge View Raptors beat Carroll Kuemper in a tough five-set match here Tuesday to win the right to go to the Class 2A State Tournament in Cedar Rapids.
Game scores were 23-25, 25-16, 31-29, 22-25, 15-12.
Roxanne Grundmeier led Ridge View with 28 kills, 33 digs and one block, while Egypt Clayton had 47 assists, 14 digs, three kills, four blocks and two ace serves. Brooke Weise had 23 kills, 12 digs, one block and eight ace serves, and Gretchen Kistenmacher had 18 digs for the Raptors, who are in their first season as a shared program between Galva-Holstein and Schaller-Crestland.
Grundmeier was 43-50 hitting with those 28 kills, followed by Wiese, 48-54 and 23 kills, and Clayton, 14-16 with three kills.
Weise paced the Raptors' serving effort with 23-28, while Clayton was 23-24, Schwanz 19-19 and one ace, Grundmeier 18-19, Rohlk 14-14, and Kistenmacher 11-12 and one ace.
Ridge View coach Scott Mitchell said his team had opportunities to win the first set and didn't capitalize, but "they continued to play hard and stay aggressive." Mitchell felt that the third set, when Ridge View came back from a 20-24 deficit to win, 31-29, was the "momentum swinger" in the match. Though the team missed quite a few serves in the third set, Mitchell felt that the Raptors' players "just made key plays when we needed."
Ridge View, of the rugged Western Valley Conference, takes a 29-13 match record to State. The Raptors defeated WVC foe Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto 3-1 to gain the Regional final match, while Kuemper upset WVC power East Sac County 3-2 in the Regional semifinals.
The State Tournament will be played at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids Thursday through Saturday, November 11-13.