For the second consecutive season, Ridgeview will be taking part in the Class 5A Volleyball State Championship.
The No. 1 Ravens are scheduled to play No. 9 La Salle Prep at 1:15 p.m. Friday in a quarterfinal match at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. Ridgeview reached state by defeating No. 16 Parkrose 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-6) on Nov. 2 in the final home match for several key seniors.
“I think they played great today,” said Ravens coach Randi Viggiano, who has led Ridgeview to state tournament appearances in each of her two years at the school. “They were ready to swing at somebody other than themselves after a week of practice.”
The Ravens showed little rust after not having played since Oct. 24, never trailing in a set during the match.
Ridgeview goes into the state tournament in a much different position than in 2018, the school’s first time in the event as a Class 5A team. Ridgeview entered as the No. 6 seed, but reached the final, before losing 3-0 to Corvallis, which returns this year to state as the four seed.
Now the Ravens enter as the top seed and feel good about their chances. They are 22-4 so far on the season, including 10-0 in Intermountain Conference play.
Two of the league victories came against Crook County, which enters the state tournament at No. 5.
“We’ve faced some stiff competition here. We’re ready to be battle tested, we’ve been battle tested all season,” Viggiano said.
This will be the Ravens third overall appearance at a state volleyball tournament, reaching state as a Class 4A team in 2013.
Viggiano, who won a Class 2A state title at Culver in 2012, was able to send six seniors out on the court during the clinching play against Parkrose, something that isn’t easy to work out in volleyball.
Several seniors were among key players in the victory, including IMC Player of the Year Rylee Troutman, who finished with 20 kills, two aces and three digs. Allicitie Frost, who already has a softball state title in 2019, has 12 assists and two aces. Jackie Vaughn had four kills and three digs, while Susanna Bailey had five kills.
The Ravens feel confident they go out with a “big bang,” Vaughn said.
“The team feeds energy to each other,” she said. “We’re really good self motivators.”
Junior libero Ally Henry, who had 20 digs against Parkrose, said the group has a little different attitude going into state than they did in their initial appearance in 2018.
“I think we’re definitely more calm going in this year,” she said. “We know what to expect.”
Ravens dominate All-IMC
Ridgeview took home the top honors in Intermountain Conference volleyball this season.
Senior Rylee Troutman was named the league’s player of the year. She was passed over last season despite leading the Ravens to a league title.
Second-year Ravens coach Randi Viggiano and her staff picked up the league’s coaching staff of the year for the second consecutive year.
Joining Troutman as a first-team hitter was senior Susanna Bailey. Teammates Allicitie Frost, a senior, and Kennedy Buckner, a junior, were named first-team setters. Ridgeview junior Ally Henry was the only first-team libero named.
Named second-team hitters were Redmond sophomore Aspen Bradley and Ridgeview senior Nicole Bossemeyer. Redmond’s Cassie Kandle was an honorable mention hitter.
Redmond sophomore Kiyarah Hicks was a second-team all-league libero.
— Reporter: 541-548-2186, gfolsom@ redmondspokesman.com
Correction: An earlier version of this story failed to mention Ridgeview’s Class 4A state tournament appearance in 2013. The Spokesman regrets the error.