HILLSBORO — Ridgeview came up short last year, but now, the Ravens are 2019 Class 5A state volleyball champions.
No. 1 Ridgeview swept No. 2 Wilsonville, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22, to take the title in convincing fashion Saturday night at Liberty High School.
Rylee Troutman led the Ravens with 19 kills, and Susanna Bailey added eight kills in the championship match.
Ridgeview fell to Corvallis in the 2018 5A final, but the Ravens beat the Spartans in a semifinal on Friday to reach the title match Saturday.
Ravens coach Randi Viggiano said she was surprised by the outcome of the championship match — not that she didn’t expect her team to win. But winning in three sets?
“I wasn’t expecting that,” she said.
“Wilsonville is a great team. They have weapons across the net, good defense, good setting, just a really good team.”
Ridgeview actually got off to a sluggish start, falling behind 8-4 before Viggiano called a timeout.
“We came out a little nervous, a little nervous energy,” the coach explained. “We called the timeout to settle our nerves.”
The timeout seemed to do the trick.
“Once we made that shift, we took control of the match,” Viggiano said. “The girls were determined to win in three (games). I’m so proud to be their coach.”
Viggiano said her team had been “hungry” for this season since the last ball hit the floor in last year’s final, a three-set loss to then top-seeded Corvallis.
“From day one, this has been our goal,” Viggiano said of the school’s first state volleyball title. “At the same time, we didn’t want to overlook the small goals in between.”
Like winning the Intermountain Conference championship, which the Ravens did with a perfect 10-0 record.
Viggiano noted that Ridgeview’s only losses this season — four in all — were to Class 6A opponents.
“We wanted that tough schedule,” she said. “It made us battle-tested, and it prepared us for tonight.”
In addition to her match-high kills total, Troutman, a senior and the IMC player of the year, had eight digs and three service aces. She was named to the 5A all-tournament first team, while junior Ally Henry, who led the Ravens in digs with 10 and in aces with seven, was named to the all-tourney second team.
Allicitie Frost, who was the star pitcher in the spring on Ridgeview’s state championship-winning softball team, had 15 assists and Kennedy Buckner had 13 assists for the new 5A state champions.