OAKLAND — Riverside rallied back in multiple sets to hold off a competitive Audubon team 3-1 (27-25, 25-14, 21-25, 26-24) Thursday night.
In sets 1 and 4, the visiting Wheelers built at least a seven-point lead to seemingly take early control of the game. However, Riverside stormed back to take the over score wins.
Riverside coach Michaela Schwartzkopf was proud of the Lady Dawgs’ persistency.
“The girls have just been working very hard this year on just never giving up,” Schwartzkopf said. “In practice we sometimes purposefully put ourselves down and make them comeback, and I’m very proud tonight of how the girls kept going 100 percent and never gave up on the set.”
For Riverside senior Jadyn Achenbach lead the way in kills with 18,her teammate Abi Petersen added 15 kills and sophomore Izzy Bluml had 14 kills.
The biggest stat of the night was senior Gracie Bluml’s 28 digs, which gave her ownership of Riverside all time dig record in a career. The senior coming in one need one dig to break the old record, however, Bluml says she had no clue she was that close.
“I actually had no idea I was about to break the record,” Bluml said. “I’m glad it happened though. The surprise though makes it even better.”
The old record was 626 digs after Thursday night’s win Bluml now has 654 digs.
For Audubon, the Wheelers take positives and negatives from this one as they know they were just a few plays away from possibly reversing this outcome.
“It’s was a great showing of our potential,” Audubon coach Liz Stein said. “They played their hearts out and it’s tough to be overly excited about because it still feels like we could have got this win, but it still is exciting to see how much potential we have with this.”
Riverside (10-3, 2-0 WIC) will head to a weekend tournament this Saturday in Griswold starting at 9 a.m. Audubon — who fell to 3-6 overall, 1-1 WIC — will play their next game on Tuesday when they host Missouri Valley at 7:30 p.m.