By Jan Clark
Guess what volleyball fans. The Richmond girls have now won nine in a row and stand 10-4 on the season.
More importantly, the Red Devils have improved to 4-0 in the North Central Conference, securing the No. 1 seed in the East Division going into the NCC tournament at Muncie Oct. 10.
Their latest conquest came Thursday at the Tiernan Center, defeating Anderson 25-8, 25-13, 25-18. The RHS junior varsity also won in straight sets 25-17, 25-14.
Now it gets tougher from here on. Saturday the Devils compete in the Muncie Invitational against the likes of 12-1 Wapahani, 9-6 East Central and rival Muncie Central. Monday they journey to Rushville for the last dual match of the season. The Richmond Invitational is Oct. 3.
“There’s definitely been a change in how hard we work and how much we’re wanting to win,” said senior Amanda Wolfe. “I have no doubt in my mind that we’ll be able to meet the challenges ahead.”
Alison Juday, another senior, had a different slant.
“I think we’re really connecting,” she said. “We’re talking a lot more and I’m really looking forward (to the upcoming games) because I think we need more of a challenge (going forward). I’m excited to see how we will react.”
Coach Russ Uhte couldn’t be happier.
“Nine in a row sounds really good,” he said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a nine in a row run. I’m pleased with that.”
Of the stronger competition coming up?
“The girls are excited. Wapahani is having a great season but our girls are ready to compete. We haven’t been challenged for a while but we’re ready for the challenge (Saturday),” he said.
“I’ve been telling the girls for weeks now that when they click and come together and everybody does their job on the court, it’s something really special and magical. It’s everything you want out of a volleyball team. When I see them all coming together as a system, it’s fun to see it, fun to coach them and fun to be a part of it.”
The only set that was close against Anderson was the third set but Richmond broke from a 17-17 tie to win going away.
The unofficial stats were spread evenly. Juniors JaKaia Lotz, Laurelai DePew, Ashley Clark and Haylee Haskett combined for 23 kills. The Devils also had 14 service aces with Juday and Adrianne Weber combining for nine.