The Ridgway Christian Lady Eagles swept Victory Christian 3-0 (25-5, 25-12, 25-19) Tuesday night at home.
After taking an easy two game lead, Ridgway Christian (5-2 in Arkansas Association of Christian Schools) was in a bit of a jam in Game 3.
“Things got easy the first two games, so they slacked up,” Ridgway head coach Rick Aulds said. “They were coming back to bite you in the third one. (Victory) was getting fired up, while we were slacking up.”
Victory jumped out to a 4-1 lead and led by as much as four points at 7-3. Aulds called a timeout to try to calm the storm.
“There was a lot of hesitation,” Aulds said. “They were going to the play, but they weren’t committing.”
Auldos said when they were going to the ball, they weren’t committing to the play.
“I told them, ‘If you aren’t sure, go ahead and play it,’” Aulds said. “Just commit to the ball.”
Ridgway eventually tied the game at 12 and outscored Victory Christian 13-6 down the final stretch to take the game and match at 25-19.
“We made a few subs and moved a few people around and tired to get back in the groove a little bit,” Aulds said. “We’d try to get a few more people some playing time tonight and we’ve had a few people play almost every minute (this year), so they got to see the bench a little tonight.
“Once, we got to the turning point and started committing to the plays, we saw things coming back our way.”
Ridgway trailed 3-2 early in the first game, but thanks to a 10-0 run on the heels of Lynde Moore, the Lady Eagles were able to take a 12-3 lead. From there, Ridgway outscored Victory 13-2 to win the game.
Moore finished with six aces.
Ridgway and Victory started out pretty competitive in Game 2, as Aulds had replaced most of his Game 1 starters with his reserves.
After taking an 8-7 lead, Ridgway went on an 8-2 run to take a 16-9 lead. Ridgway won the second game, 25-12.
Sophomore Lauren Rose led the Lady Eagles with 10 aces and freshman Babylyn Rosadino had seven aces. Freshman Allison Carpenter had four kills.
Ridgway will travel to Tillar to play Cornerstone Christian Academy on Thursday for a nonconference game. The Lady Eagles will then host Cornerstone on Oct. 15 in an AACS conference game.