Friday, October 11, 2013
The fourth time was the charm for the Swamp Fox volleyball team.
Ashley Ridge kept its hopes of grabbing a share of the Region 8-AAAA championship alive by earning a 25-23, 25-17 win Tuesday over cross-town rival Fort Dorchester.
The Patriots defeated the Swamp Foxes in the region opener for both teams in September and handed Ashley Ridge a pair of losses en route to winning Ashley Ridge’s annual tournament also held last month. This week’s match leaves both teams with two region losses and in a tie for second place behind Bluffton.
It was only the second loss of the season for Fort Dorchester, a team that is strong at the net and has some powerful hitters. The Swamp Foxes improved to 13-3 with the win while the Patriots dropped to 19-2.
“We played great,” Ashley Ridge coach Chi-Chi Hurley said. “Our goal tonight was to play smart and put the ball where they weren’t. We put the ball where the openings were instead of trying to kill it every time. We kept our heads in the game and never got down.”
Sophomore Abigail Dunlap led the Ashley Ridge offense, scoring with four service aces and four kills. Seniors Brenna Swartz and Whitley Lewis and junior setter Sabrina Spencer also had a big night.
“Sabrina was injured during warm-ups but she came out with a twisted ankle and put just as much effort into it as she always does. She held the team together just like a quarterback is supposed to.”
Seniors Jasmine Quinn and Amanda Gluck and juniors Monica Mack and Kira Ozegovich all had a strong effort for Fort Dorchester.
The Swamp Foxes were coming off a strong performance in a tournament held in Hilton Head last weekend. There, Ashley Ridge won the Silver Bracket Championship.
“The girls were excited about that and came here tonight ready to play,” Hurley said. “We knew if we came out and played the way we did in Hilton Head we could beat Fort. That definitely carried into this match.”
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