After a two year hiatus, Ridge Girls Volleyball reclaims the Somerset County title by rallying against a determined Bridgewater-Raritan team 26-24, 25-12 in the semifinals, and then clicked on all cylinders to defeat #2 seeded Mount St. Mary's 25-9, 25-16.
In the first set against Bridgewater-Raritan, Ridge trailed the whole game until 20-23 when libero Rachel Tam served the next four points putting Ridge ahead 24-23 for the first time. Ridge managed to escape with a first set win which helped propel them to the County Championship.
In the other semifinal, Mount St. Mary's went to overtime to beat Montgomery 30-28 in the first set and 25-17 in the second set. It appeared the overtime set worn down Mount St. Marys' as Ridge jumped quickly to a 7-1 lead in the finals and never looked back.
In the second set, it was back and forth till 12-12 and then Ridge, with its experience and balance, pulled away to take home its fourth Somerset County Championship in the last eight years.
Ridge was led by a heavy dose of seniors in the two matches, as Evelina Adamczyk led the way with 11 kills and 4.5 blocks, fellow middle blocker Julia Syrdahl had nine kills and six blocks and Zoe Pan had 37 assists and 14 digs for the tournament.
Sophia Maggio came in relief in the crucial first set and contributed with a calming presence to get Ridge back in the match.
The juniors stepped up as well, with consistent play from Isabela Garcia with five kills, two blocks and six digs, Peyton Robb with six kills and seven digs, Chelsea Winegar, after missing the last match with an injury, had four kills and nine digs.
In addition to clutch serving in the first set of the semis, Rachel Tam had 21 digs overall and quarterbacked the defense.
There is one more regular season game at Voorhees on Friday, Oct. 27, before the start of the States tournament on Halloween, Oct. 31, where Ridge is the #1 overall seed and will be home for all State games.