SISTERS — Not even two weeks passed before Sisters and Ridgeview met again. Earlier this month, the two volleyball programs squared off at the Mountain View Invitational, in which the Outlaws recorded a sweep en route to the tournament title.
Certainly, the Class 5A No. 4-ranked Ravens were looking for payback Tuesday as they faced the 4A No. 1 Outlaws for the second time in 11 days. Once again, though, Sisters stood strong on its way to a 25-18, 22-25, 25-12, 25-19 nonconference win.
“It was really big for us,” Sisters coach Rory Rush said of the win. “Last week when we lost to both Bend and Summit, we felt those were both games we didn’t perform very well in, and we felt like we could have won those. … After the Cascade Invitational (last Saturday, which the Outlaws won), which we played so well in, we wanted to focus on our game (against Ridgeview) and not get caught up in their hitters and their great servers. … It kind of propelled us to where we think we can get as we head into league play.”
Hawley Harrer had 18 kills, 13 digs and 10 assists for Sisters. Ashlynn Cantwell added eight kills, 16 digs and two blocks, and Jessie Brigham had 23 digs.
Rylee Troutman paced Ridgeview with 13 kills. Susanna Bailey had five kills and four blocks for the Ravens, Josye Miller had six kills and was 23-of-25 serving with three aces, and Josilyn Remick and Allicitie Frost recorded 13 assists apiece.
“We struggled in serve-receive,” said Ridgeview coach Heidi Wood. “Sisters has some tough servers, and they got the best of us.”
Sisters’ serving kept the Ravens on their heels throughout the match, as the Outlaws missed on just six serves in the match while piling up 15 aces.
The Outlaws’ attack also had Ridgeview scrambling defensively, as shown by Remick and Troutman combining for 55 digs for the Ravens.
“It was a really hard-fought game,” Wood said. “Our girls played well, but we’ll get back to practice and prepare for Summit on Thursday.”