BY COREY GESFORD
Led by the play of Bryce Baldwin the Susquehanna Sabers defeated Blue Ridge 3-1 to earn the Sabers first win of the season and to end the Raiders 13-match win streak that dated back to the previous season.
Baldwin had 18 points, 10 kills, and 7 blocks as Susquehanna won the first two sets 25-8 and 25-21. Blue Ridge rallied with a 25-13 win in the third set, but Susquehanna closed out the match with a 25-21 win in set four. Jarrett Dinniny chipped in with 19 points, including 6 aces, 10 kills, and 3 blocks. Airyll Rockwell added 9 points with 3 aces, and Michael Braun had 8 digs.
“It’s a big win for us,” said Baldwin. “It’s a rivalry and we all know each other, so it’s good to get this win.”
Blue Ridge was led by Charlie Randall who had 5 kills and 14 assists. Cameron Franks had 11 kills.
“It was a good team win,” said Susquehanna Coach Jeff Baldwin. “I think it gives our young guys a lot of confidence going forward.”
Mountain View swept Elk Lake in three sets gaining wins of 25-13, 25-13, and 25-21. Luke Schmidt led the way with 20 assists and four kills. Ethan Mack had 8 kills and 3 blocks.
Blue Ridge rebounded from the week’s earlier loss with an exciting 3-2 win over host Mountain View. The two teams went back and forth with Blue Ridge winning the first set 25-15 and the Eagles rebounding to claim the second set 25-22. After the Raiders claimed set three 25-22, Mountain View bounced back to win set four 25-21. Blue Ridge jumped out early in the decisive set five and claimed the match with 15-10 win.
Randall again led the way with 40 assists while Garrett Mansfield and Franks added 19 and 14 kills respectively. Mansfield also added 14 digs and Garrett Conklin had 10 digs. Schmidt led Mountain View with 31 assists and 5 kills and Cameron Hollister added 14 kills.
Susquehanna suffered a hard-fought loss to Forest City 3-2 on Thursday. The Sabers jumped out early in the contest claiming the first set 25-16, but then dropped the next two 25-18 and 25-22. Susquehanna rallied to claim set four 25-22 and set the stage for the decisive set five which the Foresters claimed 16-14.
Baldwin again led the way with 21 kills, 8 blocks, and 11 assists. Dininny had 15 kills to go along with 7 aces and 18 digs. Carson Beamer chipped in with 13 assists.
Monday night Blue Ridge swept Western Wayne 3-0 to earn its third victory of the season. The Raiders defeated the Wildcats 25-23, 25-22, and 22-15. Randall had 12 assists, five kills, and 9 service points including 5 aces to pace the Raiders. Mansfield chipped in with six kills and seven service points, and Franks added six kills.