VOLLEYBALL: North Port falls in four sets to Riverdale

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

North Port's Samantha Tennant serves the ball against Riverdale on Tuesday night in North Port. (Sun photo by John Kersten)

North Port’s Samantha Tennant serves the ball against Riverdale on Tuesday night in North Port. (Sun photo by John Kersten)

NORTH PORT — Riverdale High School didn’t allow North Port to pick up very many consecutive points on the way to a four-set 25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 25-11 win Tuesday night.

The Bobcats tallied just 28 points off its own serves, as 18 kills each from both Kylee Whiteleather and Kacy Ogden helped lead the Raiders.

“We definitely had a lot of unforced errors on our side,” coach Adrienne Moreno said. “Not getting the defense in spot, and missed serves.”

The serve wasn’t an issue in the third set, though, where North Port went on a huge run after it was 8-8. On the serve of Samantha Tennant, the Bobcats went on a 9-0 run before eventually taking a 20-12 lead.

“It wasn’t just my serves,” Tennant said. “Our offense was amazing. They were getting it right back to the floor over there. I was just hitting my spots as I was told, and my team did the rest for me.”

Tennant had nine of her 13 service points in that set, totaling nearly half of team’s points. The senior also had a team-high 16 digs.

“She definitely does have an aggressive serve, and she hits her spots when we tell her,” Moreno said. “It’s our rotation, too. A little bit of both.”

It helped Tennant that Alexis Francavilla and Raychel Sipe were on the front line during her serves. Francavilla had six kills and two blocks in the second set, totaling a team-high 17 and three, respectively, for the match.

There was one rally in the second set where Francavilla had back-to-back monster kill attempts, but they were some how dug by the Raiders. As Riverdale attempted to send it back over the net one more time, Francavilla ended the point on a block.

Lindsey Matthews also had 11 digs and five kills, with Sipe and Madeline Powers each adding eight digs.

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