Raiders finish second at Reitz Invitational


EVANSVILLE — Despite missing a starter and having a relatively young team, the Southridge volleyball team advanced to the championship match of the Reitz Invitational on Saturday.

Starting libero Tatiana Delgado missed the tournament due to SAT obligations, but the Lady Raiders picked up wins over the host Lady Panthers, and Evansville Harrison before falling to Vincennes Lincoln in the title match.

“I thought our team, as a whole, played with more confidence and better communication in this tournament,” Southridge coach Mande Keusch said. “And the team adjusted well to not having Tatiana.”

Sophomore Karly Barnett filled the void for the Lady Raiders.

“This was a new position for her and she did a good job of filling the spot,” the Lady Raiders coach said of Barnett.

In the first match of the day, Southridge won 25-23, 25-18 over the hosts before breezing past Harrison 25-15, 25-14.

In the championship match, Lincoln, which was a 3A regional finalist last season, pulled away for a 25-20, 25-16 win.

For the day, Bailey Keusch and Myah Montgomery paced the Southridge attack with 12 kills apiece.

Montgomery also stuffed five shots, while Anna Alstadt added three blocks.

Maddy Songer and Savanah Goeppner ran the offense with 16 and 13 assists, respectively.

Rose Temple, Barnett and Altstadt all recorded seven aces from the service line, while Barnett added 13 digs.

Coach Keusch mentioned she was pleased with the overall performance from her team.

“Our servers did a better job of serving strategically, and our hitters were well balanced,” the coach stated. “And we had a lot of contributors. Now we just need to make some better choices with our shot selection.

“Overall I saw a lot of improvement with a lot of young players out there. I like we way we are starting to gel more.”

Southridge plays host to Princeton Community on Tuesday.

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