CANFIELD, OH- The Raider Volleyball team welcomed in the Ursuline Irish in their home opener Monday night. The Raiders dropped a tough 5 set match (25-20 20-25 17-25 25-18 11-15)
In set 1 the Raiders hit the ground running. Izzy Lamparty collected 3 blocks in the set to establish a strong Raider defense. Junior Anna Primavera notched 3 service aces in a row to give the Raiders a strong lead that they would ride to a 25-20 set 1 victory.
In set 2 the Irish rebounded with a strong defense that held the Raider hitters to only 5 kills. The Raiders helped out with 6 attack errors as well. Izzy Lamparty tallied 2 more blocks but the Raiders dropped the set 20-25.
After the first couple points in set 3, Izzy Lamparty went down and had to leave the game. The Raiders struggled to find a rhythm in a new rotation as they committed 8 attack errors. The Raiders dropped set 3 17-25
With their backs against the wall, the Raiders were up for the challenge in set 4. The Raiders were able to gather 9 kills in the set 3 from Primavera. The Raiders got back to work on their net defense as sophomore Abby George stepped up with 3 blocks that slowed down the Irish momentum. The Irish fought off 4 set points but the Raiders took the set 25-18.
In the decisive 5th set the Raiders and Irish traded points to get to 7-7. Back to back attack errors from the Raiders have the Irish some breathing room and they were able to wiggle away with a 15-11 match-clinching set 5 victory.
As a team, the Raiders were held to a hitting percentage under .100 mostly attributed to strong back row defense from the Irish. As a team, the Raiders finished with 13 service aces. Anna Primavera lead the Raiders with 10 kills and also tallied 7 service aces. The newcomer to the varsity lineup Abby George finished with 7 kills 3 blocks and a dig. Mary Kuhns finished with 15 digs. Drew Ferren led the Raiders in assists with 15. The Raiders return to action Tuesday traveling to Fitch.