The Generals come to Ranburne Monday then the Bulldogs go to New Site Wednesday for a make-up date against Horseshoe Bend. If Ranburne wins both the best-of-5 matches, the Bulldogs will be Area 9 champions.
Weaver is Ranburne’s first pool play opponent at Wellborn. That match will begin at 9 a.m. The Bulldogs also have pool matches against Wellborn, Cleburne County and Victory Christian. The top two finishers from each of two pools advance to the championship semifinal round which is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
At Woodland on Thursday of last week, Ranburne defeated Clay Central 25-6, 25-12 but lost an area match to Woodland. After the Bulldogs took the first set 27-25, the Bobcats won 25-20, 25-10, 25-19.
“I had hoped that that would set the stage for the rest of the match, that we were going to fight through it,” Ranburne coach Kayla Shelton said of the win in the initial set.
Instead, the Bulldogs began to have trouble passing on serve receive.
“After we couldn’t pass, nothing was working right,” Shelton said.
In the win over Clay Central, Lacey Hiett and Riley Peterson each had nine service aces and Brittan Langley had two aces. Indiana Morgan and Montana Mattox downed five kills apiece. Peterson recorded four kills and Hiett had three. Hiett also contributed 12 assists to the win.
Mandy Johnson led on defense with five digs. Morgan and Taylor Crosson each had four digs. Peterson and Mattox added three kills each.
Against Woodland, Mattox and Peterson each had 11 kills. Morgan had nine kills and Erica Taylor had three. Langley served five aces, Hiett four and Peterson two. Hiett recorded 20 assists and six digs. Peterson led in digs with 26. Morgan and Taylor recorded 15 and 14 digs respectively. Mattox had seven digs and Langley four. Crosson and Lindsay Rhoden each had three digs.
Monday evening, Ranburne hosted Randolph County in an Area 9 match and won 3-0.
“It took us a little bit to get our timing down on our hitting as far as connecting with the setter,” Shelton said of Monday’s match. “After that happened, we were able to set up and get some good kills on the ball.
Indiana and Riley, they stood out (Monday) night as far as my hitters go. As far as passing, Lindsay Rhoden was probably my best passer (Monday) night.”