Girls Volleyball: Illiana Christian powers past Ridgewood
September 19, 2013 8:22PM
Updated: September 19, 2013 9:48PM
Illiana Christian def. Ridgewood 25-12, 25-16
Illiana Christian remained undefeated in the Metro Suburban Conference with a 25-12, 25-16 victory Thursday over Ridgewood in Norridge. The Vikings used their height advantage to overpower the smaller Rebels, and their accurate serving turned out to be an equally large advantage.
Illiana Christian (8-8, 4-0 MSC) never trailed against Ridgewood. The Vikings started the match with eight straight points — seven of those were served by Katherine Witting — and Illiana Christian’s stranglehold on the match was never loosened after its initial run.
Illiana Christian sophomore outside hitter Sydnee VanBeek pounded kills against the Rebels (1-10, 0-4 MSC) throughout the match. The 6-foot-1 outside hitter smacked a match-best eight kills, hitting over and around Ridgewood’s block attempts.
BY THE NUMBERS
Illiana Christian had 14 aces in the match by attacking the weak spots in Ridgewood’s serve-receive. Witting finished with two aces, VanBeek had one, junior libero Rachel Herrera recorded five and junior defensive specialist Hope Ridder led the team with six.
“We’ve been practicing our serves a lot in practice. ... We would practice (hitting to) zones, and (improved with) just a lot of repetition.” – Ridder.
Eric Van Dril