Riverview girls volleyball team rolls over Geibel

| Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, 10:26 p.m.

Riverview volleyball coach DeAnn Sloan was glad to see her team get a playoff victory Wednesday night, but she was hoping for a better effort.

“I'm pleased with the win; I'm pleased to move on,” Sloan said. “But I would like to see them step up and play harder in the playoffs.”

No. 6 seed Riverview swept all three games from No. 11 Geibel, 25-14, 25-21, 25-20, in the opening round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs at Fox Chapel.

On Tuesday at a time and site to be determined, Riverview (13-3) will play the winner of Thursday's Bishop Canevin-South Side Beaver match.

“Our passing was off, and we were missing a lot of serves, which is unacceptable,” Sloan said. “I think that some of it can be chalked up to nerves.”

Those nerves may have been enough to throw Riverview a bit off its game despite being a team with a loose demeanor throughout the season.

“Some of my passers, the more focused they get, I think it gets in their head,” Sloan said. “For some of them, not all of them, being loose helps the nerves, and that's important.”

That showed in the first game, but not right away. Both teams traded points early, building to a 4-3 Geibel lead.

Riverview then went on a 7-0 run to take a 10-4 lead. The Raiders looked to be a one step ahead of Geibel (10-5), not allowing the Gators to get closer than six points the remainder of the game, which culminated with one of senior outside hitter Renee Ault's seven kills.

The final two games were more competitive.

In Game 2, neither team built more than a three-point advantage before Riverview put the game away on the final volley.

Game 3 was played much like the previous one: No team opened up a big lead.

Geibel had an opportunity to change momentum with a call. The Gators notified the referees that a Riverview player had served twice. After a deliberation, it was determined they were correct, a point was taken from Riverview and awarded to Geibel as well as the serve.

“We had a rotation error. That was 100 percent nerves,” Sloan said. “That shouldn't be an issue at this point (of the season).”

The Gators were able to turn the swing into only one point before Riverview came back with three consecutive points. Riverview never relinquished its lead before finally closing out the match.

Senior outside hitter Arden Fisher finished with 23 kills, and senior setter Alison Hodges had 32 for Riverview.

Dave Yohe is a freelance writer.

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