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Ridge View Raptors vie in FD Tourney

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ridge View volleyball coach Scott Mitchell, second from left, calmly instructs his team during a break in the action at the recent Cherokee triangular, also featuring the Raptors and River Valley Wolverines. Photo by Mike Leckband [Order this photo]
FORT DODGE - Playing some of the toughest teams in the state here on Saturday, the Ridge View volleyball team put up a good fight and did some very good things, "improving in some areas that we needed to," in the words of their coach, Scott Mitchell.

The Raptors won only one of their six matches against the high level competition at the Fort Dodge tournament, but the veteran coach has never backed away from his teams facing such competition and, despite the fact that the teams' overall mark slipped to 14-8, Coach Mitchell feels that the high level of competition showed some of the areas in which they need to improve.

"I thought we served better and blocked better than we have been," said Mitchell. "Getting to play #1 ranked (2A) Western Christian and #1 Iowa City High and other larger, quality programs can make for a long day. There were no easy points today, which helped us show the level of intensity that we need to play at."

Ridge View served at a 94.9% rate on the day, including 17 ace serves, with Kaitlin Wulf having five of those aces and Gretchen Kistenmacher four. The Raptors also had 20 blocks, led by Kaitlynn Madsen's seven and Jayde Vodrak's six; Kistenmacher had 28 kills, Wulf 22 and Madsen 18; Dana Hustedt had 48 kills, Kistenmacher had 43 and Wulf 25; and Nicole Snyder set up her hitters with 83 assists during the day's action.

Match Results:

Ridge View defeated Fort Dodge, 21-9,14-21,15-7

Iowa City High defeated Ridge View, 21-6, 21-16

Council Bluffs Lewis Central defeated Ridge View, 21-19, 22-20

Hull Western Christian defeated Ridge View, 21-10, 21-10

Nevada defeated Ridge View 21-16, 21-16

Ames defeated Ridge View, 21-14, 15-21, 15-7

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