Raider Girls Are Giant Killers
LAURENS – Sometimes, being an underdog is a great thing. It certainly played out that way for Ruthven-Ayrshire’s volleyball team Wednesday night as they defeated perennial volleyball power Laurens-Marathon in straight sets in a Class 1A Regional matchup at Laurens. Game scores were 25-23, 25-15 and 25-19.
The Raiders got a huge effort off the bench from Emily Moran, who connected on 18 of 18 serves with three aces. Alesha Sikora added 13 of 14 with one ace, while Geena Blake made 10 of 10 serves and a pair of aces. Kayla Dyer served seven of 11 with an ace while Caitlyn Reed added seven of eight served and a pair of aces and Sadie Forey made five of six serves with one ace.
At the net, RA was led by Sadie Forey with 20 of 25 hits and five kills. Kendra Feldman added 15 of 18 hits with four kills, while Caitlyn Reed added 13 of 15 hits with eight kills. Kayla Dyer made 10 of 14 hits with six kills, while Alesha Sikora added 10 of 11 hits and two kills and Miranda McGrauth came away with nine of 11 hits and three kills.
Alesha Sikora dished out 19 helpers on the night while Miranda McGrauth dished out three assists and Caitlyn Reed added two helpers.
Sadie Forey made one block on the night and added seven digs to the defense, while Caitlyn Reed had six digs. Miranda McGrauth and Alesha Sikora both had five digs, while Kayla Dyer and Geena Blake both dug out four shots. Marly Bakken added three digs and Emily Moran dug out a pair of shots.
“To get this win in the first round of tournaments is huge for this team,” noted Ruthven-Ayrshire Head Coach Kim Sierck. “It’s been a long time coming, and I am so very proud of all of the kids.”
Sierck was quick to point out that the victory was the result of solid teamwork.
“For the most part it seemed we were clicking on all cylinders, and we did a lot of things right out there on the court,” Sierck added. “The start of game three had me a little nervous. We had two over-passes in serve receive that resulted in kills for Laurens, but the girls made the necessary adjustments and got themselves out of the rotation.”
A strong effort from the bench at the serving line, in the person Emily Moran played a huge role in the victory.
“Freshman Emily Moran finished game three at the serving line for us, and she seemed so calm out there. She knew what needed to be done, and she took care of the ball to seal the match for us,” Sierck pointed out. “There were some great plays at key moments, and that’s a credit to the girls for playing mentally tough volleyball.”
The task at hand now is to advance to the Regional Quarterfinal game at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona tonight (Tuesday) in a 7 p.m. match.
The Raiders will now face the Golden Bears of Bishop Garrigan for the right to advance to semi-final play against the winner of the West Bend-Mallard vs North Sentral Kossuth matchup. That game will be played Friday night, Oct. 29, at West Bend at 7 p.m.