It was an exciting night for Ventura volleyball, as the team picked up its first district win again Northwood-Kensett on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Ventura.
The first set was not a strong effort by Ventura, but they were able to pull ahead and held on for a 25-20 victory. The Lady Vikes jumped to a big lead in the second set, but allowed N-K back into the game, however, Ventura was able to hold on for the 25-22 win. Missed serves plagued the Lady Vikes in the third set, but a never give up attitude sealed the win, 25-23.
“The girls played their hearts out tonight,” said Coach Abby Roenfanz. “Everything seemed to come together for us. The girls stepped up their communication, intensity and consistency.”
Emily Mathews played a very solid overall game. She was strong at the net, as well as the back row. At the net she was 26/30 hitting with 11 kills. She also collected one solo block and two assisted blocks. In the back row, she had six digs. She was 10/12 serving with one ace.
Shelby Rayhons was also a team leader, connecting on 15/22 hits and four kills. She was 12/13 at the service line with two aces. She led the team in digs with 11.
Brittani Watson was 9/13 hitting and five kills. She also had two assisted blocks and two digs.
Morgan Ames was 20/22 hitting with five kills.
Mirada Frederick was 14/15 at the service line with one ace. She also contributed four digs and one assist.
Courtney Younge was 12/13 serving with one ace. She had three digs and led the team in assists with 20.
Hallie Hall was 12/13 serving with one ace and she had four digs.
Sebelia Markle was 3/8 at the service line with one ace. She also had four assists.
“Even when down, the girls were able to stick with it and never quit. I am a very proud coach,” said Roenfanz.