Yoder Ties School Record for Service Aces on Senior Night
This week brought both the Rivermont Lions & Winfield Mount Union Wolves to Dwight Gingerich Gymnasium for volleyball showdowns.
Early in the week, the Ravens started out serving with force against the Lions of Rivermont. Malia Yoder led the charge tying a school record with 8 service aces in set 1. Serving turned into the key of the night as 7 total Ravens had service aces in the match & Rivermont never recovered. Yoder fell 1 ace short of setting a match record for service aces on the evening with 12, good enough for 2nd all time at Hillcrest.
Following the match, senior volleyball players and senior cross country runners were recognized by their coaches (Brandon Statler, volleyball and Marty Gingerich, cross country).
Thursday night the gym was hopping again, with the fans hoping to help the Ravens stay undefeated at home for the year!! Hillcrest came out with a big lead in set 1 and looked poised to take set 1, clicking on all cylinders. WMU’s serving was a big factor in the teams earlier matchup, and it came to the rescue again. A late set serving run baffled the Ravens and set 1 slipped away.
Sets 2&3 found the Ravens a bit stunned & deflated from letting set 1 slip away. The rallies were long, with tons of great defense. Both team’s hitters struggled to find confidence to put the ball away with the long rallies. In the end, serving was the game changer for the Wolves & Hillcrest Academy fell in 3.
The feel of the gym was positive, however, as the game was close enough that a few more stops could have led the Ravens to 4-0 at home. This week’s efforts, however, should send the seniors out with the first winning home record in some time. Go Ravens!!