As soon as their matches have ended, all the Bulldogs will be checking to see the result of the Woodland-Horseshoe Bend match. On Wednesday of last week, Horseshoe Bend defeated visiting Ranburne 25-15, 30-28, 22-25, 25-21 to keep the Bulldogs from winning the Class 2A, Area 9 title outright.
“The scores were close despite the atmosphere,” was about the most Ranburne coach Kayla Shelton wanted to say about the way her team was treated at New Site. The Bulldogs played at White Plains Monday and fell 25-15, 26-24. Morgan and Riley Peterson each had five kills against the Wildcats. Bradley had three and Montana Mattox two. Hiett contributed 11 assists and three service aces. Peterson served two aces and also recorded four blocks and 11 digs. Erica Taylor had five digs. Bradley, Johnson and Mattox each recorded four digs. Hiett had three digs. Morgan, Brittany Langley and Lindsey Rhoden added two digs apiece.
On Tuesday, Ranburne traveled to Wadley for a tri-match against Wadley and Handley. Against Handley, the Bulldogs won the first set 25-19, lost the second 25-21 then won the third 15-12. Hiett had 11 assists, five digs and three kills. Peterson had eight kills, five aces, 10 digs and three blocks. Morgan had five kills, two blocks and two digs. Taylor finished with four kills, three aces and two digs. Wise had two aces and two digs. Langley and Johnson each had four digs and Johnson added two assists. Bradley, Taylor Crosson and Morgan Foster each made three digs. Rhoden ended with two digs.
In Tuesday’s second match, Ranburne brushed aside Wadley 25-16, 25-10. “We finally started playing like our team, especially the second game of the Wadley match,” Shelton said.
Morgan had a team-best 10 kills against Wadley. Peterson added six kills, Taylor five and Bradley four. Hiett led in assists with 15. Langley and Foster each had two assists. Johnson, Bradley, Langley, Peterson and Hiett served two aces apiece. Peterson finished with seven digs. Bradley had five digs, Crosson four and Johnson two.
After Senior Night, the Bulldogs have no matches until October 17 when they travel to Saks. Shelton said much practice time will be devoted to passing and defense.