The Randolph School of Huntsville defeated the Tigers 25-13, 25-14, 25-16 while the Bulldogs were downed by Ider 25-13, 25-3, 25-22.
Ranburne coach Kayla Shelton said her team entered the Super Regional intent on winning their first two matches and qualifying for the state tournament.
“They wanted it. The desire was there,” Shelton said. “They were heartbroken when they weren’t able to achieve that, especially the seniors because they realized they don’t have another chance.”
For Ranburne, the trip to Huntsville was the second in the two-year history of the super-regional format. Last year, Shelton felt the Bulldogs struggled to adjust to atmosphere of the Von Braun Center.
“I don’t think it took as much adjusting as it did before but I still don’t think they ever got comfortable, feeling like they could just let go and play,” she said.
Erica Taylor led the Bulldogs in kills against Ider with seven. Indiana Morgan and Mariah Bradley each recorded four kills. Riley Peterson had three kills, Taylor Crosson one, Lacey Hiett one and Montana Mattox one. Hiett finished with nine assists while Morgan and Taylor had one apiece. Hiett had four service aces. Crosson, Taylor and Morgan added an ace apiece.
On defense, Taylor had 12 digs and a block. Peterson made 10 digs and a block. Crosson had seven digs. Morgan and Bradley had six digs each. Hiett had five digs. Mattox added three digs. Mandy Johnson and Lindsay Rhoden each had two digs.
Shelton said she felt had the Bulldogs been able to play the first set the way they played in the 25-22 third set, the outcome might have been different.
“I think if we could have held them to a score like that third game we might have settled in a little bit better and played to our potential,” she said.