BY COREY GESFORD
Blue Ridge rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Mountain View 3-2 in a match that kept the Raiders hopes alive in the fight for the Lackawanna League Volleyball title.
Blue Ridge opened with a 25-20 win in the first set, but Mountain View put impressive back-to-back sets and squeaked out the back and forth second and third sets 25-23. Blue Ridge responded with a 25-22 win in the fourth set to seize control and win the final set 15-8.
Cameron Franks had 19 points and seven kills to lead the Raiders. Garrett Mansfield had 14 kills, and Charlie Randall had 25 assists and six kills. Luke Updike chipped in with seven kills and six points.
Luke Schmidt paced Mountain View with 36 assists and six kills, and Steven Mordent added 12 kills for the Eagles.
Forest City jumped out on Susquehanna from the start on the way to its three straight set victory. The Foresters won the first set easily 25-9 and followed with victories of 25-14 and 25-19.
Bryce Baldwin recorded six kills and nine points for Susquehanna. Mike Braun and Jacob Tomczyk chipped in with seven and five digs respectively.
Mountain View bounced back from the loss to Blue Ridge with a 3-1 win over Susquehanna. The Eagles claimed the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-18. Susquehanna took the tight third set by a score of 28-26 before falling the fourth and final set 25-21.
Cameron Hollister led the Eagle attack registering 11 kills. Schmidt chipped in with 37 assists and Brian Kozlosky recorded nine kills and five blocks.
Baldwin led Susquehanna with 10 kills, 10 blocks, 10 assists and five aces. Jarrett Dininny had 11 service points to go with six kills and four blocks. Travis Craig added eight assists and seven digs.
Elk Lake dropped a 3-0 match to league leading Abington Heights. The Comets swept the Warriros, 25-12, 25-13, and 25-14. Mitchell Schwartztrauber had five digs for Elk Lake and Ben Hoal chipped in with three blocks.
Monday night Blue Ridge swept Western Wayne 3-0 to head into last night’s showdown with Abington Heights.
Randall had 20 assists and Garrett Conklin had 12 digs as the Raiders won the sets by scores of 25-23, 25-20, and 25-16.
Jackson Griffiths won his singles match 6-1, 6-2 over Nico Pugliese, but Montrose fell to 4-1 in Lackawanna League tennis action.
Billy Hotaling lost to Alex Sophabixamy 6-2, 6-3 and Blake Sophabixamy defeated Montrose’s Steven Vetri 6-3, 6-0 in other singles action.
In Doubles, Seth Bulkeley and Tyler Andre dropped a tough first set 7-6 (11) and lost the second 6-2 to the duo of Antonio Pugliese and John Sinclair. Tracy Kerr and Jack Baker fell 6-1 and 7-5 to West Scranton’s Mike Laabs and Larry Kendricks.