Notre Dame handled Ryle, 3-1 (25-20, 18-25, 26-24, 25-16) Thursday night at Union.
The Pandas improve to 24-4 overall while the Raiders drop to 19-12.
Notre Dame Head Coach Leslie Litmer said the game showed areas at Notre Dame needed improvement.
“We were lucky to pull him out in four games because Ryle did a good job,” Litmer said. “Our blockers found themselves guessing where Ryle was going to put the ball. That worked in Ryle’s favor because a lot of times they had one person on a block and then we were struggling defensively around that. Ryle did a good job moving it. It puts us more on the defensive as we like to be in attacking and aggressive mode. We really had to make some adjustments towards the end of the game. We need to keep this momentum going for a big week before we enter the playoffs.
Junior Kiana Dinn led Ryle with 20 kills and a senior assist maddie clark collected 25 assists. Junior Defensive Specialist Alexis Woolf had 20 digs with a sophomore Olivia Karlosky counting three aces. But Notre Dame used their depth to win the game.
“(Dinn) can really hit a lot of good shots really deep down the court, so it’s harder to defend,” said Riley McCloskey, second year of Notre-Dame. “You never really know what she’s going to hit. We really did a job defending them in the first and third games.
Notre Dame hosts Girls Greater Catholic League leaders at Cincinnati, Ohio’s Ursuline Academy (16-3) on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.
Other Volleyball Scores
Bellevue 3 (15-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-9), Covington Latin 1
Holmes 2 (21-25, 25-22, 25-17), Dayton 1
Scott 2 (25-18, 25-19), Harrison County 0
Pendleton County (25-7, 25-10) 2, Heritage Academy 0
Simon Kenton 3 (25-10, 25-19, 25-14), Walton-Verona 0
Villa Madonna 3 (25-7, 25-14, 25-18), Lloyd Memorial 0
35th District Championship at Holmes
Covington Catholic 7, Beechwood 0
The Colonels (10-10-1) posted their third straight shutout and fifth of the season. They will host either Newport Central Catholic, St. Henry or Conner in the Region 9 quarterfinals on Tuesday. Beechwood (10-9-1) will travel to Highlands, Ryle or Dixie Heights.