Riverdale beats Siegel in 5 games

Riverdale beats Siegel in 5 games

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Riverdale beats Siegel in 5 games

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There are new faces on the volleyball court, and a new Siegel coach staff.

However, the Riverdale-Siegel rivalry remains intense.

Riverdale outlasted the Lady Stars with an intense 3-2 win Tuesday night at Siegel High, winning 15-25, 25-20, 25-20, 11-25, 15-10. The victory puts Riverdale (16-10 overall, 5-0 in 7-AAA) in control of District 7-AAA at the midway point of the league season. Siegel is in second at the midway point at 4-1 in 7-AAA play.

“It means the world to me personally (to beat them),” said Riverdale senior outside hitter Abby Shaw, who had 14 kills in the match. “I know it was a big goal of the team this year. To beat them on their own home turf has always been a big challenge for us.

“They’ve got a really good student section. But I really think we showed up and helped each other the whole night.”

Riverdale started slowly as Siegel rushed out to a commanding 11-4 lead to cruise to the Game 1 win. Siegel then built a 9-2 lead before the Lady Warriors awoke and got back in the match with aggressive serving and strong play at the net.

“Our plan coming in was to just be aggressive,” Riverdale coach Jerry Snider said. “Be aggressive on serves, blocking, attacking and just take the fight to them.

“That’s a great volleyball team. In the two games we lost, when we sat back and let them bring the fight to us, it was ugly.”

Shaw’s huge kill cut the deficit to 10-5 with Brittany Clement serving. Riverdale eventually took a 19-17 behind Ashleigh Lozier’s seven straight service points. Lozier finished with 12 service points in the match.

Snider pointed to that part of the Lady Warriors rotation. It included Shaw being in the front row where she could crank balls at the net.

Riverdale went on to win Game 2 and 3 before falling in Game 4 to force a fifth game.

Leading 9-8, Riverdale scored three straight and never let the lead dip below two.

“They got a lot more aggressive, and they wanted it really bad,” Siegel senior Jacquelyn Leeman said. “There is always going to be a Siegel-Riverdale rivalry. Both teams are pretty deep. I think the rivalry will always be in existence.

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