AURORA | No ground was gained in the EMAC in Thursday night’s volleyball match between Gateway and Rangeview, but that didn’t diminish the importance.
The Raiders rolled to a 25-20, 25-13, 25-16 sweep of the visiting Olys in a non-league match that ignited the fire in the rivalry for the rematch, which is set for Oct. 11 at Gateway.
Seniors Allie Walker and Jessica McGee led the way offensively for Rangeview senior libero Amanda Maestas made sure coach Larry Deffenbaugh’s Raiders were sound defensively as they improved to 7-2 on the season.
Gateway — which got a strong all-around effort from freshman Kelsie Hurtado — lost for the third time in the past four matches since a 4-1 start under new coach Mary Millman to fall to 5-4.
Both teams begin conference play in their next matches and prepared by going against each other for the first time in almost a year exactly.
Service errors plagued the Raiders in the first set, while the Olys dug more balls than they had the night before in a loss to Thomas Jefferson, helping them hang around. Gateway got within four points on several occasions, but couldn’t come all the way back in a five-point defeat.
Rangeview wasted little time in asserting itself in the second set by rolling to the first six points with Hannah Carnes serving and rode that to a decisive 12-point victory. Walker came out swinging in the set and racked up four kills.
Gateway’s only lead of the night came at 2-1 in the third set, which see-sawed back and forth until the Raiders launched a 8-0 run to take a 14-6 lead on a Cree Clemons kill. Rangeview maintained a lead of at least four points the rest of the way to finish off the sweep.
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RANGEVIEW def. GATEWAY 25-20, 25-13, 25-16