BY COREY GESFORD
The Lady Raiders strode into Susquehanna Thursday evening’s rivalry match with a new look and mindset to stay in the hunt for the Lackawanna League Volleyball title.
“We made a couple changes with our lineup last week,” said Blue Ridge Coach Lori Zick referring to the installment of Alison Marshman as the setter. “I think it helped with our consistency and hitting.”
And hitting was happening as Hunter Heeman led the way for Blue Ridge with 12 kills and Katie White chipped in with six as Blue Ridge swept the Sabers in straight sets: 25-18, 25-19 and 25-23.
“Heeman did a nice job, she played really well, our defense was a little slow,” Susquehanna Coach Jeff Baldwin said.
Susquehanna came into the match undefeated and tied with Dunmore for the division lead. The pressure of that – added to the rivalry – also had an impact, according to Baldwin.
“I think that (being undefeated) put a lot of pressure on us, we’ve never been in that position before,” Baldwin said. “The rivalry between the two schools. All that kind of took its toll.”
Karly Gudykunst had 10 points for Blue Ridge including six aces.
Susquehanna was led by Bethany Burns who had 10 points and five blocks and Kaylee Landry chipped in with 10 points for the Lady Sabers.
Earlier in the week Blue Ridge picked up a 3-1 win over Mountain View while Susquehanna came into Thursday’s matchup with a 3-0 sweep of Lackawanna Trail.
In other action during the week, Forest City picked up a 3-0 win over Elk Lake but fell to Western Wayne 3-1.
Coming off their first win of the season Montrose fell to visiting Dunmore 3-0, but got back on the winning track when they took down Mountain View 3-0. Elk Lake was swept by Abington Heights 3-0.
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