October 25, 2011
Ripley Lady Raiders revolt,
sends S'western Hanover Lady Rebels packin'
Gary Franklin, Sports Editor
South Ripley Lady Raider volleyball team that all fans knew
existed, finally emerged to show their true identity in the
championship match on Saturday, October 22, during IHSAA Class
2A Volleyball Sectional #45 action. Hosted by South Ripley High
School, the Lady Raiders soundly defeated the 2011 ORVC champion
Southwestern Hanover Lady Rebels in three consecutive games
to secure the sectional championship crown and the right to
advance to regional action on Tuesday, October 25, at SRHS.
The attitude the girls had, as they prepared to enter their
afternoon match against the Austin Lady Eagles, was positive
and to the point. "We're gonna win this thing," commented
Lady Raider junior Allie Linkmeyer, as her and a teammate walked
down the hallway toward the gym.
That they did!
IHSAA Sectional #45 volleyball action leading up to the crowning
of the SR Lady Raiders as champions began on Thursday evening,
October 20, with a pair of games slated.
ND vs SwH
In opening the tournament, the North Decatur Lady Chargers battled
the Southwestern Hanover Lady Rebels. SwH captured the best
of five match in three consecutive games by winning scores of
25-14, 25-12, and 25-13.
SwH got off to a 7-0 run lead in game two, but found the competition
a little tougher in the third game as ties were recorded at
6, 7, and 8 after getting off to a 4-0 lead.
However, from the tie at eight, it was a smooth slide for the
Milan vs Switz. Co.
Game two featured the Milan Lady Indians and the Switzerland
County Lady Pacers battling for the right to advance to Saturday
The Lady Indians played their way into Saturday competition
by winning three consecutive games for the match victory by
scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-15.
The first game found ties at 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 before SC gained
an 9-7 edge. The game was again knotted at 10 from which Milan
controlled the flow for their 25-19 first game win.
SwH vs Milan
Saturday morning action began with Thursday night winners facing
off at 11 a.m. The Milan Lady Indians got off to a positive
start with a 25-15 win over the Southwestern Hanover Lady Rebels,
then found themselves knotted at 17 in game two of the match
before falling 21-25 to the Lady Rebels.
SwH secured the match victory after capturing two more game
wins by scores of 25-7 and 25-21.
SR vs Austin
South Ripley met their first battle in match action against
the Austin Lady Eagles, where they played to a three consecutive
game match victory by game scores of 25-9, 25-10 and 25-19,
filling the slate for the championship match on Saturday evening.
In game three of the match, Raider Coach Phil King rotated his
bench into the lineup to give them some sectional playing time.
SR vs SwH Championship Match
The championship match was a three game title match of domination
by the Lady Raiders. From the opening volley, there was a different
air about the team on the floor, that hadn't availed itself
for most of the season. Long overdue, but showing up when it
meant the most.
As smiles between players and confidence grew, this night found
every earmark of belonging to the Lady Raiders and their four
seniorteam member leadership.
Game one, a 25-20 victory. Game two, another nail in the Lady
Rebel coffin as SR won 25-22. Game three, the deal sealer, saw
SR amass a 25-20 third game victory for the 2011 IHSAA Class
2A Volleyball Sectional Championship!
Support student athletes!
Per IHSAA information posted included: the IHSAA (Indiana
High School Athletic Association) has been in existance since
The SRHS Volleyball Sectional #45 was one of 1,245 tournament
events hosted among its 411 member schools this year. The sports
include 10 boys and 10 girls sports where some 160,000 Indiana
High School athletes will compete.
IHSAA Class 2A Regional
South Ripley HS will host the 2A regional match between 17-12
SR and 25-13 Providence on Tuesday, October 25. Game time is
center, South Ripley High School Principal Robert Meyer,
on behalf of the hosting school for the 2011 IHSAA Girls
Volleyball Sectional #45, delivers the championship trophy
and ball to South Ripley Lady Raider seniors pictured
from left: Kaitlyn Welch 4, Jessica Foster 8, Whitney
Walker 5 and Kasey King 7. As winners of the sectional,
South Ripley High School will be the host site for the
Class 2A Regional that is slated to be contested on Tuesday
evening, October 25.