The SBCS B and C Teams played the Everest Chargers in exciting matches on Tuesday night for their home opener. Despite the persistence of the Chargers, the Lady Ravens were able to hold on to narrow victories in each game.

In the C Game, SBCS played well as a team to secure 25-20 and 25-22 wins. Gabby Pickman led the Ravens in serving with four aces. Each of the other Lady Ravens had two ace serves. Pickman also led SBCS in passing, as she finished with 19 digs. Hannah Humburg added 12 digs, while Leia Martin and Kaydenn Kelley added 10 digs apiece; Grace Becker finished with 9 digs. Brooklyn Wilburn had the longest serving streak with 8 completed serves in a row.

The B Team made things quite exciting, and were able to pull off the win against the strong Charger team. SBCS narrowly won the first game 26-24, and then relied on their strong serving to help them to a 25-16 victory in the second game. Nora Adams led the Ravens with 17 digs and two ace serves. Christina Hernandez also contributed to the Raven success with 15 digs and 3 aces. Cora Thorne added 13 digs and Izzy Kautz finished with 11 to help the Lady Ravens.

All three Raven volleyball teams are back in action on Thursday, September 19, at the SBCS Senecal Gym. The B Team plays at 4:30, followed by C Team, and finally A Team. The Ravens host the JCN Chargers in the home opener for both A team volleyball and football on Thursday night. 

The SBCS Lady Ravens split their matches on Monday night in Oskaloosa. SBCS cruised to wins over Oskaloosa, and then fell to ACCMS, whom the Ravens had just beat last Thursday night. Both the A Team and the B Team suffered the same fate in their games.

The Lady Raven A Team cruised to a pair of 25-7 victories over host Oskaloosa. SBCS boasted 23 ace serves in the throttling of the Bears. Sarah Humburg and Emma Ruckdeschel combined for 13 of the aces. SBCS finished with 3 kills in the game- two from Sarah Humburg and one from Ellie Johnson. Gwyn Noll had the three assists.

After a low-energy opening game against Oskaloosa, the Ravens faced ACCMS for the second time in five days. The first game was neck and neck the whole time, before the Ravens pulled away at the tail end to go up 24-21. The Tigers roared back to claim a 26-24 win over the stunned Ravens who struggled on serve receive. The Ravens carried their woes into the second game as they fell behind 10-21. The Ravens then rallied all the way back to eventually tie the game. SBCS and ACCMS traded points once again before the Ravens completed their unlikely, yet exciting, comeback to win 25-23! In the 3rd game, SBCS once again had trouble on serve receive, eventually succumbing to the Tigers 11-15. Hope Baniewicz, Carlie Kramer, and Emma Ruckdeschel all had kills in the game. Iyla Hall led the Ravens in digs with four; and Gwyn Noll added four assists. Gwyn Noll and Macie Adams combined for six aces for the Lady Ravens.

The Raven B team also defeated Oskaloosa in two games, and then fell to ACCMS in three games.

The Raven B and C Teams play Everest tomorrow at home in the SBCS Senecal Gym. Game times are 4:30pm (C Game) and 5:30pm (B Game). All three teams will be back in action on Thursday as the Ravens host JCN, beginning at 4:30pm in the Senecal Gym. Go Lady Ravens!!

The SBCS Lady Ravens grabbed three wins on the road on Thursday night, sweeping the host ACCMS Tigers in A, B, and C games. SBCS went into the games focused and determined, and it paid off in a big way.

In the A Game, the Ravens worked hard for every point, as the game was chock full of long volleys between the two teams. In the first game, SBCS squeaked out a 25-22 victory over the Tigers. Falling behind in the second game with poor serve receive, the Ravens rallied from a 15-22 deficit to tie the game. The Ravens and Tigers then traded points before the Tigers eventually prevailed 27-25. In the third game, SBCS jumped out to a 6-1 lead, but ACCMS came storming back. Ultimately though, the Ravens triumphed 15-12 to secure the victory.

Gwyn Noll led the Ravens with 29 digs, 11 assists, and 4 service aces. Hope Baniewicz anchored the back row as she posted 16 digs, as well as 2 aces. Sarah Humburg finished with 12 digs, 2 kills, and 2 aces; Emma Ruckdeschel added 17 digs and 2 kills; Ellie Johnson tallied 8 digs and a kill; while Carlie Kramer finished with 7 digs and 4 kills. Macie Adams was the Ravens redeemer on serve receive, as she finished with 10 digs, getting the Ravens out of some tough rotations. Iyla Hall added another 10 digs to help the SBCS defense.

In the B Game, the Lady Ravens were victorious with 25-15 and 25-19 wins. Christina Hernandez led the Ravens with 11 digs and 4 service aces. Kaydence Marlatt added 6 digs and 4 aces. Cora Thorne and Sophia Begley led the Ravens in the front row, combining for 5 kills.

The Raven C Team improved to 2-0 on the season, defeating ACCMS in two games, with scores of 25-10 and 25-20. Brooklyn Wilburn led the Ravens with 8 aces, while Grace Becker and Leia Martin each added 5 aces. Gabby Pickman contributed 4 aces serves to round out the strong Raven scoring. Kaydenn Kelley led the team in digs with 12, while Hannah Humburg added another 7 digs to help the Ravens to victory.  

SBCS will be back in action on Monday in Oskaloosa. The A and B teams will play ACCMS again, along with host Oskaloosa. SBCS plays the 4:30pm and 5:30pm games. Good luck to the Lady Ravens!

The SBCS Lady Raven C team was all business in their season opener at Trinity Lutheran on Tuesday night. The Ravens cruised to 25-4, 25-13, and 25-7 victories over a young Trinity team. The Ravens used outstanding teamwork and stellar serving to contribute to their success in the games. In each of the three games, SBCS owned commanding leads, and never looked back.

With lots of success and confidence built up in this debut game, the Ravens look forward to Thursday night when they open NEK League play. SBCS will take on ACCMS in Effingham at approximately 5:30pm. Good luck to the Lady Ravens!

The SBCS Lady Ravens struggled in their season-opening night of volleyball, dropping two games on the road to JCN and Everest. The Ravens couldn’t find a groove or shake their first game jitters in a 12-25, 11-25 slaughtering by perennial powerhouse JCN. The Ravens bounced back with a new rotation in their second match against the host Everest Chargers, but ultimately dropped the first game 22-25. The Ravens began the second game with added energy and spirit to narrowly defeat the scrappy Chargers 25-23. In the third game, SBCS and Everest traded points from beginning to end, with the Ravens finally succumbing to the Chargers and swallowing a tough 13-15 loss.

During the JCN match, Emma Ruckdeschel led the team with three digs. Ruckdeschel and Hope Baniewicz combined for four kills. Gwen Noll finished with five assists. Iyla Hall passed the ball extremely well, adding eight digs to greatly help the Lady Ravens.

The Lady Ravens were much more comfortable in their Everest match-up, as they started settling into their rotation. Strong serving was a key to the Raven success as Emma Ruckdeschel and Gwyn Noll each had four aces. Sarah Humburg added another two ace serves. Ellie Johnson led the Lady Ravens in kills with five, while Emma Ruckdeschel and Hope Baniewicz each added three. Gwyn Noll hustled throughout the game to rack up 12 assists and six digs. Iyla Hall and Macie Adams anchored the back row with two digs each.

SBCS will be back in action on Thursday, September 12, at ACCMS in Effingham. All three teams will be in action, with B team playing at 4:30, C team at 5:30, and A team at 6:30pm. Good luck to the Lady Ravens as they seek their first win of the season.

The SBCS Lady Ravens ended their season on Saturday in the NEKL tournament, hosted by McLouth. SBCS, the #5 seed, was in a pool with #2 JCN and #8 McLouth. Winning both matches in pool play was necessary to advance to the championship pool. The overall #1 seed in the tournament was ACCJHS. SBCS won their first match against McLouth, but then fell to JCN, thus being eliminated from the championship bracket. 

SBCS first played McLouth, whom the Lady Ravens had defeated in two sets on September 17. Winning the first game 25-15, the Ravens looked to be starting their day strong, executing good team plays and limiting their errors. However, the Bulldogs were not going to back down easily, as they rebounded for a 25-19 win over the Ravens in game two. In the third set, the score was tied for a good portion of the game before SBCS finally surged ahead to secure a 15-12 victory.

The second game of pool play matched the Ravens up against the perennially strong JCN Chargers. The Ravens were fired up to play, but couldn’t keep up with the JCN attack. The Chargers continually found the holes in the Raven court, mixing up tips and hits to keep the Ravens guessing. A tournament high 14 unforced errors for the Ravens never allowed SBCS to get into the game, as the Ravens fell 25-11. SBCS, determined to not end their season with a bad loss, came storming out in the second game to build a 6-1 lead over the Chargers, but JCN soon evened the score behind their strong serving. The Ravens and Chargers traded points for most of the game, neither team getting more than a couple points ahead. After stumbling slightly, the Ravens made a run at the end of the game to tie the score 23-23. However, after a Charger timeout, two more hitting errors sealed the Ravens fate, and ended their season, as they lost 23-25.

The Lady Ravens end the 2018 season at 9-7, with an unofficial final placing of 5th in the league standings. SBCS will thank and celebrate the 8th grade volleyball players at the final home football game on Tuesday, October 16. The recognition will take place at halftime, at about 6:00pm. Thanks to all the Lady Raven volleyball players for a great season!  

The SBCS A Team started the game strong, but quickly ran out of momentum against the strong serving Pleasant Ridge team, who got the best of the Ravens in two sets. The Rams put the pressure on the Ravens, and the Ravens were unable to respond, as they had several unforced errors, and struggled to find their groove. Pleasant Ridge defeated the Ravens 25-22 and 25-18.

The Raven B team cruised in the first game, shutting down the Rams 25-10, and then played a solid second game to squeak out a 25-23 victory. SBCS executed great team work and hustle, ending their season on a winning note. The Lady Raven B team lost just two games all season. Congratulations to them on their successful season!

The SBCS C Team also ended their season on the winning note, taking care of the Rams in two sets with scores of 25-8 and 25-14. Serving and communication were key in the Lady Raven victory.

The SBCS A Team will conclude their season on Saturday in the NEKL Tournament. The tournament is hosted by McLouth and pool play begins at 9:00am. The Ravens are currently awaiting their seed for their tournament. Good luck to the Lady Ravens as they compete together for the final time this season. Go Lady Ravens!

SBCS dropped two more games at home on Monday evening, falling to the Everest Chargers and ACCJHS Tigers. SBCS has now lost three games in a row. The Lady Ravens defeated Everest in two games just one week ago, but were unable to repeat that victory. Back on September 6, SBCS had lost to ACCJHS, but were hoping to avenge that loss. SBC played much better against the Tigers, but still ultimately succumbed to the hard-hitting ACCJHS team.

In the first game of the evening, SBCS came out flat and struggled to find their rhythm. Despite playing a new rotation, the Ravens made too many mistakes to counter the strong Charger serves. Both games were close, but SBCS was handed 21-25 and 22-25 losses to Everest.

After a break between games, a pep talk, and some team-created energy, the Ravens came out much more ready to take on the ACCJHS Tigers. SBCS served well, and communicated together as a team, helping build the energy. The Ravens played well on defense, and gained confidence as the game continued. SBCS fell 16-25 in the first game, but rallied for a narrow 23-25 loss in the second game.

The SBCS B Team was victorious in both of their games on Monday evening. SBCS defeated Everest 25-14 and 25-7. The Lady Ravens kept their momentum going in rolling to 25-15 and 25-13 wins over ACCJHS.

SBCS will host Pleasant Ridge on Thursday, September 27. Games begin at 4:30, with the order of play being B, C, A. Good luck to the Lady Ravens in their last games of the season. B and C teams will finish on Thursday night, while the A Team will represent SBCS in the NEKL Tournament on Saturday, September 29. Go Lady Ravens!

The SBCS Lady Ravens fell to 8-3 on the season with a big loss at Jackson Heights on Thursday night. SBCS lacked energy and struggled terribly with serve receive against the hard hitting Jackson Heights team. The Ravens had defeated the Cobras in three games, back in the season opener on August 27.

SBCS dropped the first game 24-26, after battling back from an 8-17 deficit to tie the game at 20. The Ravens and Cobras traded the next several points before the Cobras tipped on the Ravens twice to end the game. Despite the glimmer of home with the comeback at the end of the first game, SBCS never came alive in the second game. The Ravens missed serves and didn’t serve receive well in the stinging 7-25 loss.

The Lady Raven B team won their game over the Cobras. Final scores were 25-18 and 25-11. SBCS served well and communicated with one another in their team-effort victory.

SBCS returns home on Monday, as the Ravens host ACCJHS and Everest. The Lady Ravens lost to ACCJHS (Sept. 6) and beat Everest (Sept. 17) in the team’s first meetings this season. Monday’s games are crucial for NEKL league tournament seeding.  Both the A and B teams will be in action, with game times set for 4:30pm and approximately 6:30pm for SBCS in both the Senecal Gym and the Commons. Good luck to the Lady Ravens as they attempt to bounce back to their winning ways!

The SBCS Lady Raven Volleyball team was perfect on Monday night, finishing 6-0 for the evening. SBCS won all of their matches in two straight sets. The wins move their overall record to 8-2, with about two weeks remaining in the season. All of the victories were a great team effort, with each person contributing their part.

In the first match of the evening, SBCS posted a pair of victories over Oskaloosa. The much-improved Bears put up a stronger fight than they did when the Ravens played them earlier in the season. The Ravens squeaked out a 25-22 win in the first game, playing flat and struggling to find any energy. SBCS was not willing to let the Bears get the best of them, as they came back to post a 25-18 win in the second game, behind strong serving.

SBCS then took on host McLouth, determined to play with some passion and determination. Solid, gutsy play, along with teamwork, throughout the game allowed the Ravens to secure victories over the Bulldogs. The Ravens won 25-20 and 25-16, as they gained some momentum and started playing in their typical Lady Raven volleyball style.

In the final match of the night, SBCS faced the Everest Chargers. Everest and SBCS were both undefeated for the evening going into their match. Everest boasted some power servers and hitters, but the Ravens were more determined than ever to finish out their evening strong. SBCS served well and found the holes on the Everest court, winning the first game 25-15. However, SBCS struggled to put the ball down in the second game, falling way behind. The Chargers were reading all of the Raven tips, and SBCS could not get things going offensively. SBCS fell behind 12-20. After a couple time outs, some strong serving runs, and some smart plays, the Ravens battled all the way back to tie the game at 23-23. Emily Beien finished the game with two aces to give the Ravens the win, and keep the Ravens perfect on the evening. Coming back from such a deficit showed the true heart of the SBCS volleyball team.

SBCS travels to Jackson Heights on Thursday, September 20. The B team will play at 4:30pm, while the A team will take the court at about 5:30pm. Good luck to the Lady Ravens in their big matchup against the Cobras!