By Jan Clark
The Richmond girls volleyball team improved to 8-9 Monday by defeating Connersville 25-20, 25-16, 25-20 at the Tiernan Center while the junior varsity won 25-8, 25-19. Connersville is now 4-15.
Set one was tied 15-15 when junior Alison Juday caught fire behind the service line with four consecutive aces.
The Red Devils led 23-19 when sophomore Ashley Clark hit two consecutive kills to put it away. Juday ended up with seven aces on the night.
Sophomore Lauren Uhte started a serving streak of her own to begin set two as Richmond jumped to a 4-0 lead. Ella Wilson had a kill to make it 8-3 and Molly Morken an ace at 13-9. Kills by Laurelai DePew, Clark and Wilson coupled with aces by Morken and Uhte enabled RHS to score six of the last seven points.
Serving by Uhte and Kennedy McKee got Richmond off to a 5-1 start in set three followed by two DePew kills and a Morken ace. J’naya Thompson had a back row kill, Juday two more aces, kills by DePew and Ray Rogers set up the final point of the night, an ace by Morken.
The evening saw Morken with three aces, eight kills, three digs and 10 assists. Uhte had 17 assists while DePew counted seven kills and Clark six.
“We came in tonight with revenge on our mind (Richmond lost at Connersville last year in five sets). We did exactly what we needed to do to win. That’s what happens when you execute plays,” said coach Russ Uhte.
Richmond returns to action Thursday at Anderson (1-11) before a trip to the Muncie Central Invitational Saturday.
“I’m very much anticipating a good day on Saturday,” the coach added. “We want to build on the momentum we’ve got going.”
Varsity stats — Morken 3 aces, 8 kills, 3 digs, 10 assists; Juday 7 aces, 6 digs, 1 assist; DePew 7 kills, 2 digs, 1 block; Rogers 4 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist, 1 block; Clark 6 kills; Uhte 3 aces, 1 dig, 17 assists; Thompson 2 kills, 2 digs; McKee 1 ace, 3 kills, 1 dig; Weber 4 digs; Wilson 5 kills.
JV stats — Haskett 1 kill, 3 digs; Wright 11 aces, 2 kills, 3 digs; James 3 aces, 5 kills, 3 digs; Bosell 6 aces, 1 dig, 2 assists; Bopp 1 ace, 1 dig; Harrison 2 digs, 4 assists; Orr 2 aces, 1 kill, 2 digs; 2 assists; Warner 1 dig; Whichard 1 kill, Sikes 2 digs; Matthews 1 dig.