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By Jan Clark


This night belonged to Richmond's three seniors -- Zoee Woolridge, Justice Mays and
Kierra Wright.


The Red Devils defeated crosstown rival Seton at the Tiernan Center Tuesday 25-14,
25-22, 25-22 while the junior varsity ended its season at 15-6 by winning 25-22,
25-23.


"We've had trouble finishing games all year long so I wasn't surprised we came out
and made some mistakes that second set," said coach Matt Fisher.


"But we were able to get back on track and what they did a really good job of
tonight was going after the game plan that we had prepared. Our seniors really
played a big part in that."


Wright was particularly effective with 13 kills, two of them coming at the very end
of the second set. A Woolridge kill put an exclamation mark on set three.


Set two was tied 17-17 until Wright took over. In set three Richmond led by only
19-18 when another Wright kill turned the tide.


"This is the best we've been this year but we have to keep pushing," Fisher said.
"We've got to push to the very end. There's gonna be teams that are better in our
sectional that are really going to test us so we have to stay mentally tough and
just keep pushing. I think in every game we get a little better. We're learning to
finish and that's good news."


The senior trio was asked the same three questions in an early interview -- what are
your emotions as your high school career nears an end, what do you think the future
of the program looks like and what are your plans after high school?


Wright -- My feelings are very mixed but I will miss it. The future looks solid if
they stay together. Next year I plan to go to college for basketball but I haven't
picked a school yet.


Woolridge -- I have mixed emotions. I'm happy I got this far but I'm sad it's
ending. I think the future is going to be really good because all the younger
players have played really well. I plan to go to college or to be an EMT or Fire
Rescue.


Mays -- I only have one emotion -- it's been a long four years and it's kinda sad to
see it end. I think in the future the girls will be very successful. Next year I
plan to go to college to be a radiologist.


Seton (11-15), which has won four consecutive sectional titles, has two seniors on
its squad, Paige Klaine and Taylor Haager.


"At the end of the day our three seniors are really good volleyball players but
they're much better people," Fisher said. "They're people I hope will stay in touch
with me as they get a little older but I'm just glad we're had them as long as we
have and I will be sorry to see them go."


Saturday the Red Devils (12-15) will host the North Central Conference tournament,
the final event prior to the Sectional at Greenfield.


"We're going to start off (the NCC tourney Saturday) against Kokomo and they gave us
a great run earlier in the year," Fisher said. "We were able to come back and win
against them but they have an extraordinary outside middle hitter (senior Adria
Hartley). We have to find a way to stop her. That's going to be our main focus.
We're not looking past anybody."


Varsity stats -- Wright 13 kills; Woolridge 5 digs, 1 block; Mays 1 ace, 6 kills, 3
digs; Morken 6 aces, 1 dig, 20 assists; Thompson 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 dig; Wilson 1
kill; Rogers 3 kills; Juday 2 aces; DePew 2 aces, 3 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocks; Clark 4
digs; Uhte 1 ace, 1 dig.


JV stats -- Uhte 2 aces, 2 digs, 6 assists; Bosell 2 digs, 1 assist; Weber 1 ace, 4
digs; Lotz 4 kills; McKee 8 digs; Marshall 1 kill; Neeley 1 kill, 2 digs; James 3
aces, 2 kills, 4 digs; Hunter 1 kill, 3 digs; Cartee 1 dig.