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Powerhouse Western Christian too much for Ridge View

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ridge View senior Kaitlyn Madsen (17) receives a hug from teammate Anna Davis Wednesday night as the Raptors saw their season end in a sweep during 2A Regional Final action in Orange City.
ORANGE CITY - The 11th-ranked Ridge View girls hung around for awhile during the early going of Class 2A Regional Final volleyball action in Orange City Wednesday night, but 40-win and second-ranked Western Christian proved again why they may be the best team in the state of Iowa, dispatching of the Raptors in under an hour by scores of 25-10, 25-12, 25-8.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game," said Ridge View head coach Scott Mitchell. "They may be the best team in the state, in any class. They're so athletic. They're so multifaceted. We could slow them down a little at times, but they always adjusted and found a way."

Western leaned on their 6-foot-6 junior Haley Moss as she totaled two early kills, but the Raptors hung tough, remained tied at 3-3 and 5-5 in the opening set. A Brooke Wolterstorff killed pushed it to 7-5 in favor of the Wolfpack, but Ridge View would rally back to within 8-7.

Western would go on a tear from there, with Moss and Jade Schaap powering a 5-0 run to push it to 12-7. An Anna Davis kill brought RV back within 13-9, but the Wolfpack responded with 10 straight, powered by four more kills from Moss and three from Wolterstorff.

Kills from Davis and Kaitlynn Madsen kept the Raptors close again during set two at 5-4 and 7-6, but again, Western peeled off another run taking four straight behind two from Moss and one from Schaap.

Another Madsen kill made it a 14-9 Ridge View deficit, before Western powered their way to nine straight points, led by a pair of Wolterstorff kills, to make it 23-9 on their way to the 25-12 win.

The momentum was all in the Wolfpack's favor by set three as they opened on a 10-2 run, and pushed it to 19-6, before closing out with the final six straight.

Western Christian improves to 41-3 on the year, with all three losses coming to the top-two rated teams in Nebraska.

The Raptors end the season with a record of 30-8. Playing in their final volleyball contests for Ridge View were: Kistenmacher, Jayde Vondrak, Nicole Snyder, Dana Hustedt and Madsen.

"I'm very happy with the year we had," said Mitchell. "We knew it was going to be a tough road through when we got thrown this way for Regionals, but I'm happy with the year that these girls put together."

Western Christian opens their quest for another 2A volleyball title next Thursday when they open against Treynor against Treynor (31-6).

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