The Oldham-Ramona/Rutland Raiders rallied late in the first set and then had a big rally in the second set on their way to a straight-set match win over the Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinals on Monday, November 4th in the opening round of the Region 4B tournament. The Raiders won by set scores of 25-21, 25-11, and 25-18.
After an early 6-6 tie in the first set, the Raiders went on an 8-2 run for a 14-8 lead. The Cardinals eventually tied the game at 17-17 and then took the lead at 18-17, but the Raiders closed out the first set on an 8-3 run for the win.
The second set went back and forth early. The two teams were tied at 6-6. Then the momentum from the late rally in the first set found the Raiders. Oldham-Ramona/Rutland went on an 11-1 run for a 17-7 lead. The Raiders cruised to the second set win at 25-11.
St Mary looked to keep the mach alive in the third set and got out to an early 8-5 lead. The Raiders took a small lead at 12-10. The Cardinals battled back to tie the game at 14-14 and then again at 16-16. The Raiders, however, rallied for a four-point lead at 22-18, and then finished the match with three straight points after a timeout for the win.
The Cardinals finish their season with an overall record of 10-16.