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Undefeated Timberwolves sweep Comets
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River Ridges Skylar White takes a swing during last Tuesday nights Six Rivers West conference match against visiting Cassville. There at the net for the Comets is junior Christal Bean.

PATCH GROVE – Last week’s Six Rivers West conference volleyball action saw coach Dianne Langmeier’s River Ridge Timberwolves remain unbeaten in league play and improve to 3-0, while coach Jacob Bernetzke’s Cassville Comets were left searching for their first win, and fell to 0-4.

The Timberwolves and Comets squared off against each other last Tuesday night in Patch Grove, where River Ridge came away with three straight victories of 25-11, 25-14 and 25-21.

River Ridge sophomore Taylor Langmeier led River Ridge with 15 kills, six blocks and three service aces, while freshman Skylar White added 12 kills and two service aces.

Dishing out a team-high 16 assists was River Ridge sophomore setter Verity Johnson, while senior Madison Stagman had 10.

Junior Rachael Herrick came away with a team-high eight digs, while senior Darion Brooks had seven.

Leading the Comets with four kills each were junior Maddie Nix and sophomore Kasha Vogt, while junior Paige Johll dished out a team-high seven assists.

Nix also had two blocks on the night, while Vogt had eight digs.

On the following Thursday night, River Ridge pulled out a 3-2 victory over host Highland, while Cassville fell 3-0 to visiting Belmont.

After losing the first two sets to the Cardinals, 25-23, 25-23, coach Langmeier’s Timberwolves regrouped to take the last three sets, 25-23, 26-24 and 15-9.

“It was a very tough match with lots of great spikes, digs and scrappy play by both teams,” said coach Langmeier. “Each game was point by point until the last match. It was nice to see our team not give up and come back to get the win. Hats off to both teams.”

Taylor Langmeier concluded the night with a team-high 24 kills and four blocks, while White added 18 kills and a team-high 22 digs to the win.

Grace Mergen served up three aces on the night, while Johnson distributed 42 total assists.

Cassville’s match with the visiting Braves Thursday night was equally as close, as they lost the first set, 25-17, then won the second, 27-25.

The third set went to Belmont, 25-18, and the Braves closed out the match with a win of 25-22 in the fourth set.

Junior Maddie Nix led Cassville with eight kills, eight digs and three blocks, while Paige Johll dished out nine assists and served up seven aces. Mahcoy Mumm chipped in with eight digs.

This Thursday night, River Ridge travels to Potosi, while Cassville hosts Highland. 


River Ridge 3, Cassville 0

(from Tuesday, Sept. 6)

Cassville 11 14 21

River Ridge 25 25 25

Cassville leaders

Kills - Maddie Nix 4, Kasha Vogt 4. Digs - Vogt 8. Aces - Mahcoy Mumm 1, Christal Bean 1, Paige Johll 1, Madison Kirschbaum 1. Assists - Johll 7. Blocks - Nix 2, Kennedy McMillan 2.

River Ridge leaders

Kills - Taylor Langmeier 15, Skylar White 12. Digs - Rachael Herrick 8, Darion Brooks 7. Aces - Langmeier 3, White 2. Assists - Verity Johnson 16, Madison Stagman 10. Blocks - Langmeier 6, Herrick 2, Karli Jandro 2.


River Ridge 3, Highland 2

(from Thursday, Sept. 8)

River Ridge 23 23 25 26 15

Highland 25 25 23 24 9

River Ridge leaders

Kills - Taylor Langmeier 24, Skylar White 18. Digs - White 22. Aces - Grace Mergen 3, Verity Johnson 1. Assists - Johnson 42. Blocks - Langmeier 4, Jandro 2.


Belmont 3, Cassville 1

(from Thursday, Sept. 8)

Belmont 25 25 25 25

Cassville 17 27 18 22

Cassville leaders

Kills - Maddie Nix 8. Digs - Mahcoy Mumm 8, Nix 8. Aces - Paige Johll 7. Assists - Johll 9. Blocks - Nix 3..

Belmont leaders

Kills - Gilbertson 14. Digs - Rand 18. Aces - Knebel 10. Assists - Knebel 34. Blocks - Gilbertson 2.