MAPLETON - Ridge View fell to Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto here Monday night in the semifinals of the Western Valley Conference Volleyball Tournament. The Raptors, who went 5-0 in pool play in Saturday's first round of the tournament, won their quarterfinal match Monday against West Monona, 25-12, 25-8, before losing in the semis to the host Rams, 25-19, 18-25, 13-15.
Ridge View came back and beat Ar-We-Va for third place in the tournament winning, 25-21, 25-10.
Veteran Ridge View coach Scott Mitchell said his team played very well in their quarterfinal match against West Monona, but in the semifinal match, Mitchell said the Raptors didn't serve receive very well and were unable to get into their offense, though he feels that Ridge View played very good defense. The coach gave all credit to MVAO, though, saying "they played hard and won two big matches tonight."
Mitchell also said that he felt both teams were fighting an emotional let down in the third place game after losing highly-contested semifinal matches, but he was happy that his team kept playing hard, "doing the little things right" to pull out the victory.
Kaitlynn Madsen had 30 kills on the night to lead Ridge View's attack and Gretchen Kistenmacher added another 19 kills. Nicole Snyder dished out 64 assists to her teammates, while Kistenmacher, with 34 digs and Dana Hustedt, with 32, led the team in that category.
Nicole Snyder had five ace serves and Kistenmacher and Anna Davis each had four, whilee Jayde Vondrak and Davis each had four blocks and Kaitlynn Madsen had three.
MVAO beat IKM-Manning, 2 games to 1, to take the WVC Tourney championship match.