Everything a cross-district rivalry ought to be came together Tuesday, October 9 in volleyball at Ridge View High School.
The Richland Northeast Cavaliers spotted the Ridge View Blazers a six-point loss in the first set before coming back for a 3- 2 (19-25, 27-25, 25-19, 16- 24, and 15-13) win in a Region 3-4A volleyball match in the Ridge View gym.
The Cavaliers, under head coach Keredith James, are now 7-6 overall and 3-4 in region play. Coach Lauren Fink’s Blazers fall to 7-9 overall and 2-6 in region.
The first set was never more than two points apart till the Cavs’ Charvion Wittenburg took service at 18-16, and the Blazers netted a return. Ridge View’s Yasmine Walker took service for the Blazers at 17-19 and got the final eight points to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead.
Olivia James got the Blazers off to a good start in the second set, before surrendering service at 4-1. The Cavaliers fought back to a 12-9 lead before the Blazers fought back to tie the contest at 13-13. James got four more points for the Blazers late in the match before losing serve at 19- 17. Emma Taylor got five points for Northeast for a 24-23 lead. The Blazers could not hold serve down the stretch, and the Cavaliers scratched out the two-point win.
Northeast was down 1-6 and 3-10 in the third set before fighting back to a 14-14 tie. The Cavs’ Emi Crout earned five points from service for the Cavaliers to open up a 22-16 lead. Neither team could gain an advantage coming down the stretch, and Northeast earned the six-point win.
A tight contest in Set 4 turned in the Blazers’ favor when Marissa Genwright came to service on the short end of a 10-12 deficit. She earned six points and the Blazers later got points from the line from Camri Goodwin, Mya Middleton, and Jocelynne Pagan to earn the victory.
Northeast threatened to make quick work of Ridge View in the deciding fifth set, jumping out to a 10-3 lead on service work from Emma Taylor and Erin Gainey and front line defensive work from Liberty Moyd. Pagan and Hasonti Keller got the hosts back in the contest, earning points from service for a 12-12 tie. The Blazers could only get a kill shot from Goodwin coming down the stretch. The Cavaliers’ Calan Watkins held serve for two late points before the Blazers lost on a net violation while serving.