Hickory Ridge beats Lady Patriots 3-0

Ragin' Bulls Kylie LaRousa with a kill shot. (Craig Curtis)
Patriots Lilly Repak in action. (Craig Curtis)
Patriots on the offensive. (Ed Berti)
Action by the net. (Ed Berti)
Patriots Sophia Ternes serving. (Ed Berti)
Sophia Ternes at the net. (Ed Berti)
Patriots Holly Hunter with a kill shot. (Craig Curtis)

The Independence High School ladies volleyball team played three very competitive matches against Hickory Ridge to only fall short in each contest.

This fall sport is highly competitive, the Lady Ragin’ Bulls certainly had the size up front near the net and took full advantage of their height superiority to take a each set 26-24, 25-13, 25-20 from the Lady Patriots.

What is amazing about this sport it is growing in popularity. It is now the second highest sport for female participation at the high school level behind outdoor track and field.

The Lady Patriots should have taken at least one set from their opponent and had an opportunity to win two sets but fell short with slam shots by the taller more athletic front line Hickory Ridge players.

Meanwhile, for the Lady Patriots Sophia Ternes, Holly Hunter, Lilly Repak, Jessica Draffen and Mallory Shaver, a two sport athlete in softball for Independence all played a significant role keeping the ball in play for the front line covering the floor to keep the score within striking distance and bring home a potential win.

Overall, the Patriots played well, they just could not consistently handle the visitors three front line net players to get over the hump in both the first and third sets. Kylie LaRousa had 6 kill shots, Tiana Bonds and Hayley Stull each had 5, with Kaitryn Liddle slamming 4 kill shots for the Lady Ragin’ Bulls.

Team                       1          2         3       Wins

Hickory Ridge       26       25        25        3

Independence       24       13         24        0

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran’s affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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