HS Roundup: Riverdale, Canterbury, Fort Myers, Barron, South, SFCA, Cape Coral volleyball win

Alex Martin
Fort Myers News-Press

After the first set, it looked as if Riverdale was going to cruise to an easy 3-0 sweep over Seacrest Country Day on opening night. 

However, the Stingrays made the Raiders work for it down the stretch. Riverdale took the match in four sets over Seacrest, 25-7, 28-30, 25-10, 25-17. 

The Stingrays played Tuesday night without star hitter Breanah Rives, a two-time Naples Daily News Volleyball Player of the Year finalist. Rives was in Missouri on a recruiting visit and committed to Missouri State late Tuesday night.

"It's nice to play a good team that makes you play hard," Riverdale coach Roni Hipp said. "I almost would rather start that way, and know what we have to work on rather than start with an easier opponent and not know. Them pushing us is definitely what we need."

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The Raiders nearly came back midway through the second set down seven points. Seacrest left the door open slightly, and Riverdale nearly capitalized on it, as the two teams traded points back and forth as the set progressed.

"I was worried (about the second set) because we played with such emotion in the first set, that there was going to be a letdown in the second set," Hipp said. "If you've been around volleyball long enough, you know that happens. We had an emotional letdown and decided to start playing a little too late in that game."

Logyn Geren of Riverdale hits over Isabelle Soderlund of Seacrest on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at Riverdale High School in Fort Myers.

Despite Tuesday night's loss, Jan Class was pleased with the way the team responded without Rives on the floor and after the first set, when the Stingrays (0-1) looked out of sorts at times.

"I'm very happy with the job that the girls did," Class said. "We came knowing that Riverdale is an amazing team. We know the players, how they play, the positions, everything. We know we match very good with them one-on-one. Today, we didn't have Breanah Rives, one of our key players. But the girls stepped up, and did their role."

The senior tandem of Logyn Geren and Tulsa commit Brayden Hipp had a game to remember, as both posted a double-double. Geren had 21 kills and 10 digs, while Hipp had 37 assists and 11 digs.

Kendyl Bryson chipped in with 15 digs and Hannah St. Croix had a career night with nine block assists for the Raiders (1-0).

Riverdale setter Brayden Hipp tips the ball during their game against Seacrest on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at Riverdale High School in Fort Myers.

Fort Myers 3, North Fort Myers 0: The Greenies swept the Red Knights 25-13, 25-14, 25-19 in the home opener.

Sophomore Madison Hammermeister had 11 kills and a pair of blocks. Sammy Mora led with way with 12 digs and Nessa Innocenti compiled 31 assists for Fort Myers (1-0).

Canterbury 3, Bonita Springs 0: The Cougars (1-0) had little problems getting past the Bull Sharks (0-1) in their opening regular-season game, winning 25-9, 25-8, 25-11.

Jordan Curran finished with eight aces, 17 assists, and a pair of blocks, while Addison Piatt totaled eight kills and nine digs.

Barron Collier 3, Estero 0: The Cougars took their three sets 25-15, 25-11, 25-17.

Isabella Velazquez totaled four aces, 14 digs, and a pair of assists, while Keira Kruk had six kills, seven digs, and two blocks. Ava Zehnder had 15 assists and nine digs for the Cougars (1-0)

South Fort Myers 3, Cypress Lake 0: The Wolfpack opened their season with an undefeated sweep of the Panthers, 25-10, 25-15, 25-17.

Senior Valeria Benitez had a team-high seven kills, while adding three aces and nine digs. Gabby Rosenfeld also had seven kills, with two aces. Mariana Vasconcelos had three kills, five aces, and five digs.

SFCA 3, Lehigh 0: The King's had zero issues with the Lightning, winning 25-9, 25-7, 25-14.

Junior outside hitter Marissa Early led the King's attack with eight kills, while middle hitter Ericka Habuda totaled three solo blocks. 

Marco Island 3, Donahue Academy 0: The Manta Rays were led by Camryn Rose, who totaled 20 kills with seven aces in the 25-15, 25-13, 25-17 sweep of the Shamrocks.

Summer LaButte compiled 30 assists, while Skye LaButte had six kills, three digs, and an ace.

Cape Coral 3, Island Coast 0: The Seahawks swept the Gators, winning 25-18, 25-22, 25-11.

Cape Coral was led by senior Maddie Phillips and junior Hannah Slutz in the win. 

Palmetto Ridge 3, Bishop Verot 1: The Bears lost the first set 19-25, but then came back and won 25-18, 25-23, 25-17.

ECS 3, Gateway 0: Reilly Mulligan had 16 kills, eight digs, Maddie O’Berski recorded 23 assists and Elena Davis had 10 kills and seven digs as the Sentinels won 25-14, 25-13, 25-23.

Boys Golf

South Fort Myers 213, Cape Coral 242: Carson Williams and Carson Daugherty each shot a 46 to lead the way for South Fort Myers, as they move to 1-0 on the year.

Girls Golf

Cypress Lake 138, Riverdale 173: Jamie Lowry led the Panthers with straight pars on every hole, while Olivia Thorstad made a birdie on the fourth hole. 

St. John Neumann 185, Barron Collier 193: Catarina Petrovic earned medalist honors for St. John Neumann with a 39, while Brandy Singleton, Rachel Tomodan and Roxy Ryan all carded 48s for the Cougars.

Fort Myers def. Island Coast: Jordan Knox shot a 31 and Ava Eakins and Amelia Alonso each shot a 39 for the Green Wave.

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