Ripley's Lady Viking volleyball team completes season with loss to Hurricane in sectional

Mark Martin
Special to Jackson Newspapers
This season of Ripley's Lady Viking volleyball comes to a close after the team loses to Hurricane in sectional play. Ripley's lone senior Brianna Hudson (10) is pictured returning a serve during Lady Viking volleyball action earlier this season.

Needing to reach the championship of sectional play in order to advance on to regional competition, Ripley's Lady Vikings would be denied.

Hurricane handed Brenda Moore's squad a three-set defeat, 25-17, 25-13 and 25-15, in bringing the 2021 campaign to a close. 

Ripley entered as the No. 4 seed in the Class AAA sectional.

"Hurricane had a talented team this year and we never could find our rhythm," Ripley head coach Brenda Moore said of her top-seeded opponent. 

"We had beaten Hurricane one set in the regular season match, so we knew a win was possible but we just didn't play our best."

Sidney Varney was the leader in kills with five for the Lady Vikings.

Olivia Parsons led in sets while Bailey Howery and Brianna Hudson paced the serving attack. 

Sophie Nichols had three blocks. 

The defensive leaders were Josie Ramsey-Smith and Erin Ryan. 

"We had good moments, followed by our won forced errors," Moore said. "We really beat ourselves with errors in this match, which is unfortunate coming off such a great week."

Ripley ends the season at 12-16-1.

"Although we hated going out on a loss where we didn't play to our potential, especially for our lone senior Brianna Hudson, we have high hopes for next season with so many players returning."

Hurricane won the sectional over Parkersburg. Both teams move on postseason play.