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Ridgewood def. Hudson (25-10, 25-17, 27-25): The Cobras (2-5) rallied late before Ridgewood pulled away to secure a victory — the Rams’ sixth win in a row. Mary Kujak and Victoria Schaefer combined for 18 of Ridgewood’s 32 kills to help the Rams earn the Class 5A, District 10 win and improve to 7-1 overall. Taylor Vanicek added four aces and 12 digs in the win, and Schaefer also contributed 15 assists.
Crystal River def. Nature Coast (25-22, 25-13, 25-18): Nature Coast dropped its ninth straight match, falling to Crystal River in a Class 5A, District 7 contest. Courtney Skinner had seven kills, and Brittney Traudt had seven assists for the Sharks (2-12). “We came out and played very well in the first game and did some great things,” coach Emily Gore said. “Then we kind of fell apart at the end of game one, and came out in game two like the match was over. This is a team that needs some confidence.”
Seffner Christian def. Bishop McLaughlin (25-23, 25-18, 25-22): The Hurricanes lost their first match of the year. “It was just one of those days that we just couldn’t get things to go our way,” Bishop coach Doug Chinchar said. Alyssa Mathis continued her strong sophomore season with 17 kills and four blocks, and sophomore Casey McColl added 18 digs in the defeat. Bishop McLaughlin’s schedule ramps up this week with the Hillsborough Community College high school tournament, and the Hurricanes (3-1) also host a tournament and play in Anclote’s event before the playoffs. “We’ll be ready,” Chinchar said.
Cambridge def. Academy at the Lakes (14-25, 25-23, 13-25, 25-18, 15-8): The Wildcats fell for the third consecutive time. Academy at the Lakes (2-2) took an early lead but stumbled down the stretch in the Class 2A, District 8 showdown. It’s the second time in a row the Wildcats have lost in five sets, after dropping a heartbreaker to Hernando Christian last week.
Tarpon Springs def. Sunlake (25-9, 25-17, 25-6): The Seahawks remain winless after a loss to the Spongers. Tarpon Springs — a state semifinalist last season — improves to 11-1; Sunlake falls to 0-6.
By the numbers, Mitchell-River Ridge volleyball
3 Consecutive wins against rival River Ridge by Mitchell after the Mustangs’ three-game victory
21 Consecutive points traded in the third game
34 Times in which the score was tied
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Standout players from Tuesday night
Lyndsey Lane, Mitchell: The senior middle blocker racked up a team-high eight kills and took control in the second game to help the Mustangs knock off rival River Ridge.
Mary Kujak, Ridgewood: The senior middle hitter had a team-high 11 kills and added four blocks and two aces in the Rams’ win over Hudson.
Alyssa Mathis, Bishop McLaughlin: The rising star showed why the University of Tennessee flew to Bishop’s gym to see her this fall. The sophomore tallied 17 kills and four blocks in the Hurricanes’ first loss of the year.