By Jan Clark This season may be over but the memories are vivid and the future is bright. Very bright. The Richmond girls volleyball team lost to tall and talented Pendleton Heights in the Greenfield Sectional Thursday 20-25, 10-25, 18-25, giving the Devils a final record of 14-17. Ironically, Richmond began and ended its season with setbacks to the Arabians. RHS entered the Sectional having won 8 of its last 11 matches. Winning at times was a struggle this year but coach Matt Fisher kept trying different combinations and motivating their confidence level win or lose. Richmond said so long to three outstanding seniors -- Zoee Woolridge, Justice Mays and Kierra Wright. In their final event, Woolridge led the team with 11 kills, Wright 8 and Mays 5. Junior Molly Morken had 26 assists and freshman Laurelai DePew 10 digs. Sophomore Alison Juday had the only service ace. "I thought we passed the ball a lot better. Toward the end, they really caught on offensively at what we were trying to do, they really hit lines and gave us a chance to win up until the end, But I think Pendleton had a couple more guns than us today," Fisher said. Actually, Richmond jumped out to nice leads in all three sets, 4-1 in the first game on an opening kill by Wright and a pair of serves by freshman Ashley Clark, 5-2 in the second on a service ace by Juday and 4-0 in the third. The Devils just couldn't sustain them. "People who have followed us this year know that starts are not our problem. It's the end of the games," Fisher said. "Staying in that fight for 25 points is a lot for anybody and that's something you have to learn. We're certainly appreciative of our seniors and what they've given us but we have a lot of young girls coming back and that's a lot we can learn and take with us." The first set was tied 14-14 when the Arabians ran off five straight points. RHS crept to within 20-24 but no closer. In set two the score was tied for the last time 5-5 as the Arabians ruled from then to the end. In set three Richmond led 6-2 on a Clark serve and dig. It was later tied at 10, 11 and 14 but PH got 11 of the last 15. Woolridge (2), Mays and DePew (2) all had key kills. "We've got another group of freshmen coming in next year that we're excited about. We also have sophomores and juniors that are already contributing at both levels, so I think next year will be highly competitive for all the girls to hopefully take Richmond volleyball another step forward," Fisher said. As the returning players (10 on the varsity roster are back) enter the off season on various club teams, Fisher hopes they maintain chemistry. "Hopefully they will stay together and do it together," he said. I think all our teams improve that stay together". Final stats: Wright 8 kills; Woolridge 11 kills, 4 digs; Mays 5 kills, 2 digs, 2 assists; Morken 2 kills, 8 digs, 26 assists; Thompson 2 digs; Wilson 1 dig; Rogers 1 kill, 1 dig; Juday 1 ace, 5 digs, 1 assist; DePew 4 kills, 10 digs, 2 assists; Saylor 1 dig; Clark 6 digs; Uhte 4 digs.