Girls Volleyball: East Ridge sweeps Woodbury in rivalry match
East Ridge 3, Woodbury 0
The East Ridge High School gym was filled with Raptor and Royal fans in a city rivalry as the two volleyball teams took center stage on Thursday night.
The student sections were chanting for their respective teams and the volleyball players were reacting to every point earned for their team.
In the end, the Raptors and their fans were able to cheer a little bit louder as East Ridge swept Woodbury in three straight sets.
"This was a great atmosphere for the two teams heading into section play," said East Ridge head coach Steve Anderson. "This will hopefully prepare us for what the gyms will be like during the section tournament."
The first couple sets were points earned by each team and both coaches agreed that the defenses and offenses didn't give up a point easily. The defenses were very strong for both teams and that's what each of the coaches were hoping for at the end of the season.
Especially, leading into section play in a couple of weeks.
"It's always important to have a strong defense," said assistant coach Pam Sullivan. "Our girls have been working hard on defense and it's showing towards the end of season and hopefully the section tournament."
The first two sets were back-and-forth with some long rallies between the two teams, but East Ridge was able to find a few more locations on the floor to earn the kill. The Raptors took the first two sets 25-17 and 25-10 with the last set being won by East Ridge in a 25-12 final.
"We've been doing a great job at practice with understanding each other's play styles," said sophomore Raptor Faith Saewert. "We're just happy it's starting to show at the most important time of the season."
Woodbury has three more matches left on the regular season with two of them being on the road. The Royals will look to earn those three wins and head into section play with momentum.
East Ridge has only two matches left in the regular season and they are against two of the toughest teams in the conference. The first match will be on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Stillwater where both teams are undefeated in conference play heading into the match.
Then, the Raptors will host Forest Lake on Thursday, Oct. 11 to try and capture another conference title before heading into section play a couple weeks from now.
"Next week are two really important matches for us and we need to focus on one match at a time," said sophomore Raptor Jadyn Garrison. "It'll be important to win those games to not only capture the conference title, but to gain momentum for the section tournament."
East Ridge 3, Cretin-Derham Hall 0
The Raptors were in complete control on Tuesday night as they finished a three-set sweep over Cretin-Derham Hall. It started with a 25-17 win for East Ridge in the first set followed by a 25-12 win in the second set. The third set was all Raptors with a 25-8 final.
East Ridge will take its 13-6 record and, currently, first place standing in the Suburban East Conference heading into the last couple weeks of regular season play. The next match on the Raptors' schedule is at home against rival Woodbury at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4.
New Life Academy 3, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 0
New Life Academy had no problem on Tuesday night as the Eagles swept Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity in three straight sets. The win improved New Life's record to 13-6 on the season and a perfect 8-0 record in the conference.
The night started with a 25-8 win in the first set for the Eagles and the second and third sets finished in a 25-10 final. New Life will try to hold the lead in the conference with three matches left in the regular season. The next match is at home against St. Croix Prep at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Roseville 3, Woodbury 0
There were three close sets, but Roseville was able to win all of them resulting in a three-set sweep over Woodbury on Tuesday night. The first set had a final of 25-20, while the second set finished 25-22 in favor of Roseville. The last set finished in a 25-18 final.
The Royals have a couple more weeks before section play begins, but the next match will not be easy. Woodbury will travel down the road to rival East Ridge on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. to try and end the losing streak.