There was a volleyball match between South Range and Mooney to be played Monday night at Cardinal Mooney high school, but there was something going on much greater than volleyball. On this night rivals came together to fight against childhood cancer. Everyone on each team wore a yellow ribbon during the match to display their unity in fighting against childhood cancer.
There was volleyball to be played, and it was a rematch of a match earlier in the season. The Raiders took the first meeting in four sets at South Range in August 20th. Tonight was a different story. The match was controlled by Mooney early and often. Their defense led by the newest member of the 1,000 dig club, CJ Sapp was relentless. The Raiders could not get any of their attacks to fall to the floor. The Raiders also struggled with their passing tonight. They had trouble getting into system which made it hard to rally against Mooney. Not for the lack of effort though, in each of the three sets played the Raiders made a sizeable rally in the middle of the set. But the Cardinals were up for the task and they never let the Raiders get closer than two. In fact, the only lead the Raiders has all night was a 2-0 lead in to start the third. Mooney swept the Raiders in straight sets to avenge the early season loss. (25-20 25-20 25-19)
Izzy Lamparty led the Raiders offense with 7 kills, also collecting 2 digs. Emily Irons finished with 16 assists, 4 aces, and 2 digs. Reagan Irons finished with 9 digs.
The Raiders get back in action on Tuesday night in Poland.