The Bulldogs had 11 players in uni- form against Woodland. The seniors are setter Lacey Hiett, middle Indiana Morgan, outside hitter Erica Taylor, outside hitter Madison Wise and defensive specialist Amanda Johnson. Right side hitter Brittney Langley, setter Morgan Foster and defensive specialist Lindsey Rhoden are juniors. The freshmen include middle Riley Peterson, outside hitter Montana Mattox and defensive specialist Taylor
Senior outside hitter Mariah Bradley and junior middle Alyssa Smith were unable to play against the Bobcats because of injuries but Ranburne coach Kayla Shelton said she hoped the duo would be able to see action soon.
Morgan led Ranburne against Woodland with 14 kills, seven blocks and nine digs. Peterson recorded a dozen kills, three blocks and 13 digs. Hiett dished out 22 assists. Taylor had nine service aces, five blocks, 10 digs and four kills.
“After the first set, we were on our heels a little bit. ... They started playing together better that second set,” Shelton said. “I got on them pretty tough that first game because they just weren’t playing to their potential.”
Ranburne opened its season at home on Thursday of last week and fell to Cleburne County 25-22, 15- 25, 25-15 and 26-24. In that match, Peterson had six kills. Hiett recorded seven assists. Bradley had eight aces and five digs. Morgan belted six aces. Peterson, Taylor and Langley had two aces apiece.
The Bulldogs played their first tournament at Saks Saturday. In three of its four matches, against Sacred Heart, Faith Christian and Weaver, Ranburne lost the first set, won the second and then lost the “if” set. Saks defeated Ranburne 2-0.
“We were so close to winning three of those matches we played,” Shelton said of the tournament. “We just couldn’t get those few extra points to put us over the top.”
The Bulldogs resume area play Monday at Wedowee against Randolph County.