In a matter of just a few minutes, a 2-hour battle was suddenly over.
Richmond’s season-opening varsity girls volleyball match with visiting Pendleton Heights Monday night at Tiernan Center looked ready to go to a fifth and deciding game.
But a short burst of points by the visiting Arabians gave them a narrow 25-22 win in game four, and a match win three games to one.
But for a young Red Devil team, with just two seniors, there was plenty to be positive about despite the 25-18, 26-28, 25-16, 25-22 winning result for Pendleton.
“We had some moments where we didn’t communicate, but you are going to have that when you have a young team,” said RHS head coach Matt Fisher. “We are only going to have two seniors out there (Shelby Miller and Chloe Bennett), that’s the max we can have, and that shows at times, but we fought back in the second game, and played well for most of the fourth,”
Miller had a team-high 18 kills and added 10 digs for the Red Devils. Among the young Devil contributors were sophomore Kelsey Luce with 30 assists, soph Lexus Perkins with 11 kills and seven blocks, and freshman Becca Johnston with a team-high 17 digs.
RHS pulled out the close second game victory, but that game was sandwiched by strong game wins by the visiting Arabians of the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
In a rollercoaster fourth game, RHS sprinted ahead 14-7 only to see the visitors road back ahead 16-4. But the hosts responded again, pulling back ahead by 22-19 before PH closed to within 22-21, and in a play at the night, senior co-captain Carly Wilson was injured on a point won by Pendleton to tie the score at 22.
Wilson was down on the floor for over five minutes before managing to get off the floor and appear to be okay.
With the side out to Pendleton, and the score tied at 22, Pendleton’s Ashley King recorded three quick service points, in probable 90 seconds, or less.
Suddenly, the game went to the visitors 25-22 and the match ended.
Richmond is back in action Wednesday at Winchester, while Pendleton Heights goes to Anderson the same night.
In Monday’s first match, the Richmond junior varsity won in two straight games by scores of 25-16, 25-17. Fisher pointed to strong performances by sophomores Erin Barrett and Brooklyn Vickers in the solid opening match win for the RHS reserve team.