Ridgeview coach Debi Dewey knew her team had the potential to defeat Summit, a perennial Class 5A powerhouse and three-time defending 5A Intermountain Conference champion. And despite dropping the first two sets, the Ravens answered by stealing the momentum from the Storm in the third game and winning the final two to get the Intermountain Hybrid win 19-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-11.
“This team has always played Summit tough,” Dewey said. “We had a tough five-set loss last year to them. I don’t envy them. It’s a tough thing to have a five-set loss. It was just our night.”
Dewey credited the Ravens success against Summit to Ridgeview’s depth.
“We have been starting a little slowly,” Dewey said, “but we have great faith in ourselves. I have a bench that’s 12 players deep, and so a few of my players, who are sometimes my key players, were not as on as they usually are. And we were able to make substitutions.”
According to Summit coach Jill Waskom, once the Ravens won that third set, the Storm began making costly errors.
“We let up in the third game,” Waskom said, “and Ridgeview started playing really well.”
Dani Taylor led Summit with 16 kills, while Emma Dahl had 11 kills. Jordan Waskom recorded 12 digs, 36 assists and went 25 for 26 from the service line with five aces.
The Ravens took advantage by racking up the kills and digs after Summit lost steam following the third game. Junior Katrina Johnson led Ridgeview in kills with 17, while senior Brianna Yeakey had 11 kills.
“I’ve been together with this group since they were freshmen — I was a freshmen coach at Redmond,” Dewey explained. “So we had some sayings when we played (Summit) back then that we pulled out and they seemed to respond to those. They really believed they could win.”
Senior captain Katie Nurge was credited as player of the game for Ridgeview, finishing with 32 digs and 22 for 22 in serves. The senior set a school dig record with 35 last game against Bend.
“It was intimidating after that first game because we didn’t have as much confidence,” Nurge said. “But once we got back out there, it was fun, and we actually let loose and played our game.”
Although several players had breakout performances, Dewey said that the entire team played well against Summit.
“To lose two sets then come back just tells the level of determination of the team,” Dewey said. “We weren’t trying to be just a one-trick pony, even though we have some pretty good height and power in the middle.”