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South Ripley Lady Raiders out battle Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles for ORVC Volleyball Title

Gary Franklin

The long-time rivalry between neighboring Jac-Cen-Del Eagle and South Ripley Raider athletes continues. Players can be friends, and best friends, but not on the hardwood or hovering around the net. Most recently, the sport of direct challenge on the hardwood was around the volleyball net. South Ripley Head Volleyball Coach Robyn Greiwe had led the Lady Raiders to a point of securing the ORVC Championship Title with one team left to defeat for sole ownership, the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles.
South Ripley Lady Raiders ORVC Volleyball ChampsGARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Pictured left are the 2015 ORVC (Ohio River Valley Conference) Volleyball Champion South Ripley Lady Raiders front from left kneeling: Julia Rea (3), Kayla King (7), Mariah Gentile, Mercedes Bowling (4) and Elizabeth Bodenburg (11). Standing are Laken Farrell (9), Toria Tucker (8), Morgan Peetz (6), Kiley Sparks (2), Elexah Roepke (10) and Head Coach Robyn Greiwe. South Ripley seniors are Kayla King, Mercedes Bowling and Elizabeth Bodenburg.

Jac-Cen-Del’s Head Volleyball Coach Traci Siebert had poised the Lady Eagles, via a regular season ending rally in defeating the Rising Sun Lady Shiners at RSHS, to earn co-championship honors or finish second place, based on the final match at JCDHS against South Ripley. Supportive fans rallying around each team, “The National Anthem” played, teams introduced and all the marbles were once again on the table and the Friday, Oct. 16 varsity match began.

Surprising game one of the best of five match found JCD the 25-19 victor.

The Lady Raiders enjoyed the lead to a game tie at 10-10, then serving Lady Eagle Allison Borgman delivered for the first JCD lead at 11-10. At 12-10, SR called a time-out, leading to serve exchange at 13-11. Lady Raider Toria Tucker served to knot the game for a second time, now at 13, before relenting the lead back to JCD, 13-14. Serving exchanges found SR calling a second time-out with former Lady Raider, now Lady Eagle senior Brittany Pickett serving with SR trailing by three at 15-18. Exchanges in servers SR Mercedes Bowling, JCD Rosie Newhart, SR Kiley Sparks and JCD Hayley Bruns led to the final game one serving delivery of Lady Raider senior Elizabeth Bodenburg where SR fell in defeat, 19-25 JCD. A stone-cold, deafening sound of silence overtook the SR Lady Raiders as they transferred to the other bench for game two to begin.

Game two would find SR narrowly escaping as victor over hosting JCD at 28-26.

Lady Eagle Olivia Voss opened at serve in game two, earning a 4-1 edge before relenting. Through the serving cycles by SR Lady Raiders Kayla King and JCD Brittany Pickett, Lady Raider senior Mercedes Bowling delivered to knot the game at five before giving SR their first lead in game two. At 6-8, JCD Lady Eagle Rosie Newhart delivered once but Lady Raider Sparks moved the Lady Raider lead to four points at 11-7. Lady Eagle senior Hayley Bruns serving narrowed the JCD deficit to two at 10-12. Several servers later, Lady Eagle senior Jordan Day delivered her team to a tie at 14 and then the advantage at 16-15. Short lived, SR’s Farrell knotted the game at 16, then gave up her serve trailing 16-17. The score was knotted at 17 off the Lady Eagle Voss service delivery. Lady Raider senior Kayla King delivered her team to a 20-17 advantage, before JCD called for a time-out, then continued to the score of 21-18. Lady Eagle Rosie Newhart hit the end line to drive her team to a 20 22 deficit giving way to an SR time-out; continuing to 21-22, a tie at 22 and the SR one point edge at 22-23. Through different servers, the game was knotted at 23, 24, 25 and 26 before SR’s Farrell finally delivered to obtain the two point win at 28-26, knotting sets at one.

Momentum had shifted with the long drug out battle, game three to South Ripley, 25-18.

The Lady Raiders opened with serve in set three only to find ties in the score at one, three, four and five before playing to an 18-9 advantage somewhat quickly. South Ripley moved forward to the end of the game with little threat winning by seven at 25-18 for the 2-1 game edge. Momentum continued through game four for South Ripley, 25-15, 3 -1 set match victory. The Lady Eagles opened with service in set four. This set found ties in the score at one, two, four, six. seven, eight and nine before Lady Raider Laken Farrell led her team to a 19-7 advantage. Unable to counter the massive scoring surge, JCD fell 15-25 giving SR the needed three wins for the match and the match win that earned SR sole ORVC Championship Title prestige for 2015. The South Ripley Lady Raiders will open IHSAA Class 2A Sectional #45 volleyball action on Thursday, Oct. 22 at SRHS where they will compete against Austin at 6 p.m. The Milan Lady Indians are slated for a 7:30 p.m. onset against SwH. Thursday Winners open Saturday morning, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m., followed by Switzerland County vs. North Decatur at 12:30 p.m. Sectional #45 Championship action is slated to get underway at 7 p.m.

The Bye earning Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles will find their first IHSAA Class 1A Sectional #60 volleyball action on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Hauser High School at 11 a.m. with but one game to win to get into Championship match against Tuesday’s winners, South Decatur or Hauser. The title action gets underway at 7 p.m.

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