Lady Raiders win area, fall in next round
by Lori Tippets
Oct 29, 2013 | 755 views |  0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Pleasant Valley Lady Raiders claimed the 2A Area 12 championship with wins over Victory Christian and Ohatchee to earn a spot in the North Super-Regionals. Pleasant Valley lost in the first match of the Regionals to Lexington 25-22, 25-21 and 25-11 to bring an end to its season.

While the season may be over for the Lady Raiders, it is only the beginning to what promises to be a great future for Pleasant Valley volleyball.

On the Lady Raider squad are two eighth graders, two ninth graders, two tenth graders, six juniors and three seniors.

Even though they were young and didn’t have much experience, the younger players stepped up to give the Lady Raiders the successful season they had. Named to the Area Tournament team were libero and eighth grader Anna Bryant, and juniors Taylor Cochran, Jordan Moorer and MVP Kaylee Benefield. All of these girls will be back next year with a lot of experience under their belts.

Head volleyball coach Dana Bryant said of her team, “I was proud of the way the team progressed through the season. They played a tough schedule but good competition only made them stronger.

“With two starters from last year getting hurt before the season even started, we had to pull up some younger players. They did a good job stepping up to the challenge. I believe a good foundation was laid for next year.”

In the area tournament, after beating Victory Christian 25-13, 25-4 and 25-8, it took the Lady Raiders five games to outlast Ohatchee, 25-14, 18-25, 25-19, 19-25 and 15-12.

In the deciding game Pleasant Valley jumped out to a 13-5 lead only to see Ohatchee come back to within two at 14-12. After a time-out called by Pleasant Valley, the Lady Raiders were able to put the game away and win the match.
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