Riverside’s volleyball team dominated visiting Hardin Northern in straight sets on Thursday to win the outright Northwest Central Conference championship.
The Pirates dropped the Polar Bears 25-7, 25-14, 25-12.
Riverside is now 20-1 on the season and finish league play with a perfect 8-0 record.
“Every year on the first day of practice, I have the girls write down their goals for the season,” said RHS head coach Kerri Meade. “Every single girl always writes they want to win the league. Most of these girls have been fighting to win the league for four years now.
“With the help of the underclassmen we were finally able to get a team on the court who clenched the league title this year. So, to say that it meant a lot to them would be an understatement. The fact that it’s our last season in this league means that much more.”
Lauryn Sanford sparked Riverside’s attack with 11 kills, 15 assists and 10 digs, Jenna Woods tallied 13 kills, eight digs and three blocks, Sierra Snow had 20 assists and six digs, Olivia Perk had six kills, Jade Copas had four kills and four aces, Hailee Harshbarger had 10 digs, Allison Knight had six digs, Alaina Snow chipped in three aces and two kills and Alaina Heath added one kill, one block and two digs.
In junior varsity action, Riverside rallied to beat Hardin Northern 22-25, 25-13, 25-19.
For the Pirates, Trinity Notestine had 10 assists, Macie Manahan led the team in serving with five aces and Grace Brownlee led the team in passing.
Riverside finishes the regular season Saturday at Graham. The Pirates begins Division IV tournament play Saturday, Oct. 24, against Botkins at Covington High School.