By Jan Clark

This season may be over but the memories are vivid and the future is bright. Very

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
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.