2018-09-14 / Sports

Cavaliers fight off Dreher

By Mike Maddock


Richland Northeast’s Emi Crout goes for a kill over Dreher’s Alana Darby. 
Photo by Mike Maddock Richland Northeast’s Emi Crout goes for a kill over Dreher’s Alana Darby. Photo by Mike Maddock Find these pictures and more here!


One thing head coach Keredith James’s Richland Northeast Cavalier volleyball team has proven as it prepares to enter Region 3- 4A play is that it has heart...and a flare for the dramatic.

The Cavaliers came back from an 0-2 hole to win at Hammond earlier this season, and then on Thursday, September 6, they were tied with the visiting Dreher Blue Devils 1-1 and down 17-10 in the third set before rallying for 15 straight points to take it 25-17. If that wasn’t enough, the Cavaliers fell behind 24-17 in the fourth but won seven straight points to tie the set at 24-24. They took a one-point lead before eventually taking the set 27-25 to claim the match 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-17, 27-25).

Richland Northeast built a 20-13 lead in the first set after a touch winner and a kill from Emi Crout, a kill from Emma Taylor, and a winner from Jada Goodwin, but Dreher clawed back with kills from Jania Williams and Caroline Kamke and an ace from Alana Darby to cut the deficit to 21-18. A couple of kills from Erin Gainey gave RNE a bit of a cushion, and the Cavs held on to win the set 25-22.


Dreher’s Caroline Kamke tries to get a kill over Richland Northeast’s Liberty Moyd. 
Photo by Jim Marczesky Dreher’s Caroline Kamke tries to get a kill over Richland Northeast’s Liberty Moyd. Photo by Jim Marczesky The Blue Devils fell behind in the second set 11-2, but they fought back to take a 15-14 lead led with three aces from Kamke and two from Williams. RNE regained momentum and grabbed a 22-19 edge with three aces from Gainey and a block from Liberty Moyd, but Cavalier miscues and a block by Williams gave the set to Dreher by a count of 25-23.

The Blue Devils built a 17-10 advantage in the third set, but they did not score another point as RNE got kills from Calan Watkins, Charvion Whittenburg, and Gainey (Two kills) to go with three aces from Goodwin and touch winners from Gainey and Crout.

The roles nearly reversed in the fourth set as the Cavaliers built a 15-10 advantage before Dreher went on a tear with aces from Williams and Elly Gross (2), two touch winners and two kills from Kamke, two kills from Arteria Gibson, and a kill from Gross to lead 24-17.

That’s when RNE’s heart kicked in once again.

A touch winner from Gainey, a block from Moyd, and two aces and service winner from Hanna Montgomery cut the deficit to 24-23.

Both teams fought admirably on the next point, possibly the best of the match, until Crout ended the point and tied the match at 24-24 with a huge kill.

Another ace from Montgomery gave the Cavs a 25-24 edge, but her eighth straight serve sailed out to tie it 25-25. Crout then got two straight kills to win it for RNE.

Crout finished with nine kills for Richland Northeast. Moyd added seven kills and seven blocks, and Gainey had six kills. Amiri Mason had 15 digs, and Goodwin had 11.

Kamke led Dreher with six aces, ten kills, four digs, three blocks, and one assist. Sequoia Sims added 10 assists, three aces, and three digs, and Gibson finished with seven digs, two kills, and a block.

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