Dutchgirl spikers fall to Washington, Fatima

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 9/22/21

Coming off a semifinal appearance in the Fulton Tournament held at California High School, Jamie Ridenhour’s Owensville Dutchgirl volleyball team looked to carry that momentum forward into …

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Dutchgirl spikers fall to Washington, Fatima

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Coming off a semifinal appearance in the Fulton Tournament held at California High School, Jamie Ridenhour’s Owensville Dutchgirl volleyball team looked to carry that momentum forward into their two matches last week.

Thursday night in a home match against Fatima’s Lady Comets, Ridenhour’s varsity Dutchgirls looked to defeat their second district opponent in the span of five days.

Sweeping Southern Boone in pool play at California, the Dutchgirls looked to make their road to another district title a little easier come later in October.

Splitting the first two sets of the varsity match, Owensville could not overcome numerous errors before dropping the match in four sets to Fatima by scores of 25-16, 20-25, 25-16 and 25-14.

In unofficial statistics, Kylie Kitchen served a team-high 11 points for OHS.

Josie Gerlemann also paced Owensville with eight kills and six blocks.

Prior to the varsity match, the freshmen and junior varsity contests were played side-by-side at the same time in the Owensville High School main gym.

Taylor Payne’s freshman Dutchgirls went back and forth with the visiting Lady Comets before finally winning the match in two close games 28-26 and 25-22.

Madi Lewis served up a team-high three aces while also recording a team-high eight kills.

Battling through 14 ties and 16 lead changes, Owensville secured game one of the freshman match thanks to a Allie Kuebler kill and two of Lewis’ eight kills.

Racing out to a 4-1 lead in game two on a Ruvia Nowack ace, it appeared the Dutchgirls were going to have an easier go of it in the second set.

Fatima stormed back to tie the second set at 12-12 before Nowack served six points in a row giving the Dutchgirls a 21-13 lead.

Seeing the Lady Comets cut the lead to 22-21, Cameron Nowack delivered a clutch kill for a 23-21 lead before Liz Adams served the final point of the match.

Misti Rutledge’s JV Dutchgirls also hand their hands full with the Lady Comets.

Taking game one 25-23, Owensville had the upper hand going forward in the match.

Fatima then came back to take game three 25-23 to force a third-and-deciding set.

Leading 3-1 early in game three on a pair of Molly Wnuk service points, OHS saw Fatima score 13 of the next 16 points to take game three and the match 23-25, 25-23 and 15-7.

Ally Gooch served up a team-high three aces while Ayla Schmanke recorded a team-high five kills for the JV Dutchgirls.

Last Monday in Washington, Owensville saw mixed results seeing the varsity squad fall in three sets while the freshmen and JV teams both won in three sets.

Payne’s freshman Dutchgirls defeated Washington 15-25, 25-23 and 15-13 while Rutledge’s JV Dutchgirls also won in three sets 25-18, 21-25 and 15-8.

Ridenhour’s varsity Dutchgirls were swept in three sets 25-14, 25-19 and 25-21.

OHS will host Union tomorrow night (Thursday) at 5:45 p.m.

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