Ripley Lady Vikings volleyball team claims 'The Net' after defeating Ravenswood Devilettes

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers
Ripley's girls volleyball team poses with "The Net" following its rivalry victory over Ravenswood.

Nothing but “The Net.”

The Ripley Lady Vikings claimed the coveted prize of Jackson County volleyball on the road with a victory over the Devilettes of Ravenswood.

“Ravenswood had won it last year, and Ripley wanted it back in our house,” said Lady Viking head coach Brenda Moore.

“This started when I was in high school in 1998.”

Ripley captured “The Net” with a three sets sweep.

Ripley took set one, 25-19, before producing back-to-back wins of 25-22.

In the first set, Brianna Hudson put Ripley up by two with a pair of kills.

“Then we found ourselves in a slump down five,” Moore said.

Ripley, though, would rally to get the night off to a successful start.

Ripley led for most of the second set due in part to kills by Sidney Varney and Sophie Nichols and “good serving.”

In the third set, Ripley didn’t get out of the gate as it would like.

“We started out in a small hole and we were down six (14-8),” Moore said. “I called a timeout and tried to get the girls settled down to play our game.”

The timeout worked.

Ripley went on a 10-point run. Bailey Howery delivered 10 straight serves to put Ripley out in front to stay at 18-14.

“I felt like it was the best our girls have worked together as a team this year. Not one of our starters had a bad game,” Moore said. “Varney, Hudson and Nichols were hot at the net. We missed less serves as a team.”

Howery was 20-of-20 serving with one ace and 28-of-30 setting.

Varney was 14-of-15 hitting with five kills.

Olivia Parsons had three blocks.

In the serve-receive category, Josie Ramsey Smith was 13-of-17.

“The atmosphere was great,” said Devilette head coach Chris Michael. “Student section was awesome. There are not many volleyball matches in the regular season that have the kind of atmosphere we had for this match. It was special.

“This was the first time we have been able to have all our starters in two weeks due to quarantines and was actually the first match all season we ran our 6-2 rotation that we want to run in the postseason. I thought our players did a great job overall. Ripley just made a few more plays than us.”

Freshman Macey Casto had 34 spikes and 11 kills for Ravenswood and led the team in scoring with 20 points. She was also 26-of-29 passing.

Braylin Tabor had 31 sets on target.

Abby Schritchfield was 15-of-18 serving with four aces.

Ripley moved to 10-15-1 with the win over Ravenswood. The Devilettes are now 12-21.

While Ripley has taken two of the past three showdowns for "The Net," Ravenswood remains the series leader at 15-9.

Ripley's junior varsity improved to 10-1 with a 25-12, 25-12 win.

Olivia Greathouse was the leader in serving at 17-of-19, including seven aces. Aubrey Haskins was 10-of-10 setting. Greathouse was 3-of-3 hitting. Baylee Keeler was 5-of-9 in serve-receive. Keeler had two digs. Brenna Lutz and Brooklyn Anderson each had a block.