Ridgecroft ends regular season

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 12, 2006

AHOSKIE – It wasn’t the senior day 10 members of the class of 2006 had planned or deserved.

Despite fighting from behind at several intervals, the Lady Rams of Ridgecroft School dropped a four-set volleyball match to Terra Ceia Christian School here Tuesday.

“I think it was a matter of we made more mistakes than they did,” veteran Ram coach Nancy Brittenham said. “We made mistakes at crucial points that changed the momentum of the game.”

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The Rams got behind early in the first set as Terra Ceia marched out to a 6-0 lead before the Rams got on the board.

After a defensive stop, the Rams got a dig from senior Megan Coker and a kill from Shirley Lee Spruill to trim their deficit to 6-2.

Three points later, the team rallied behind the serve of Lauren Lilley, who rolled off four straight to deadlock the score at seven-all. Along the way, she got a tip from Spruill and a kill from senior Victoria Brown.

The Lady Knights edged back to a 12-8 lead before Coker had back-to-back kills and Spruill recorded an ace as the Rams got the score back even at 12-all.

Senior Jo Revelle Murray served the point that gave Ridgecroft a 15-13 lead and then Coker’s served pushed the advantage to 17-15.

Lilley’s serve was helped by a tip from Brown as the Rams eventually pushed the lead to 22-20.

The score stood 23-22 in favor of the Rams when Murray served back-to-back points and got a kill from Keli Martin to get the Rams a 25-22 victory in the first set.

The tables were reversed in game number two when Terra Ceia won by the same 25-22 final. The Lady Knights led 2-1 early, but the Rams rallied behind great play from Lilley, Brown, Murray and Whitney Liverman to take an 8-4 advantage.

The score stayed even through most of the game with both teams playing staunch defense until TCCS rallied for the win.

Game number three saw Terra Ceia lead 3-0 before Martin’s kill got the Rams on the board.

Murray then rallied the Rams when her tip helped the team hand the serve to Pierce who rallied Ridgecroft to within 8-7.

The Rams took the lead (14-11) behind kills from Martin and Coker, but TCCS rallied and led as much as 22-18.

The game went extra points as both team continued to play solid defense, but TCCS grabbed a 28-26 victory.

In game number four, the Lady Knights took an early 3-1 lead and went on for a 25-21 win.

The loss dropped Ridgecroft to 9-3 and a second place finish inside the Tarheel Independent Conference and a 13-4 mark overall.

Murray led the team with 13-of-15 serving including three aces to go along with 12 assists, one block and one tip.

Defensively the Rams were led by junior Libero player April Piland.

Also having a solid outing were Lilley and Spruill. Lilley was 16-of-17 serving with one kill, nine assists, one block, two tips and three digs. Pierce was 19-of-21 serving with an ace, three kills and three digs.

The Lady Rams will return to action next week when they play at Lawrence Academy in the Tarheel Independent Conference tournament.