In the first of two weeks of three-game action, Blue Ridge sought to take hold of the division while other teams fought to stay in striking distance.
In the highly anticipated matchup of undefeated teams Western Wayne was an inhospitable host sweeping Blue Ridge 3-0.
After a back-and-forth first game Western Wayne surged ahead with a 4-1 run and staved off a 4-0 run of the Lady Raiders to win 25-22.
Blue Ridge fell behind early in game two before Breanna Post led a surge that put Blue Ridge up 10-8. Western Wayne responded with their own momentum changing run and prevailed 25-20.
In set three, Western Wayne pulled ahead 13-8 and used a 6-1 run to put the game away prevailing 25-15.
“Western Wayne just executed their offense,” said Blue Ridge coach Lori Zick. “They got to hit a better ball than we did.”
Post led Blue Ridge with 10 points and six digs while Makenzie Cook had eight kills and five digs. Alyssa Sherwood added eight points and five digs.
Blue Ridge bounced back on Tuesday with a 3-0 sweep of Elk Lake as Alison Marshman and Sherwood combined for 29 points to lead the way.
Marshman had 11 aces out of her 16 points and contributed 10 assists. Post had 11 points and Hunter Heeman added 10 kills.
Anna Comly had four kills for Elk Lake and Olivia Voll added eight assists.
Blue Ridge also notched a win over Dunmore with a 3-1 victory.
After splitting the first two sets Blue Ridge took the final two 25-18 and 25-20 as Sherwood had 15 points including four aces to go along with 13 kills and four blocks to lead the way.
Heeman had 16 kills and four blocks along the net while Breanna Post had 16 digs, eight points and six kills. Marshman chipped in with 37 assists and Lydia Andusko had 32 digs for the Lady Raiders.
Zick was encouraged with how her team responded to the week’s opening loss.
“I think they were determined to play like they can, win or lose,” noted Zick.
Mountain View used the momentum of their game four win to defeat Susquehanna 15-8 in the deciding game to claim a 3-2 win over the Lady Sabers.
Kelsie Rumola had eight kills while Rachel Gerfin had six assists and five aces to lead the way. Isabel Keating chipped in with four aces and kills of her own.
Susquehanna was led by Bethany Burns who had 22 points including 13 aces and six blocks. Paeton Benson added 12 points, 11 kills and eight blocks.
Western Wayne took a 3-1 win over Mountain View behind Rebecca Klemovitch’s 11 kills.
Mountain View rallied from 25-11 loss in set one to claim the second set 25-23 before dropping the final two sets.
Rumola had four kills and three digs for the Lady Eagles while Keating had seven digs and a kill.
The Lady Eagles were also defeated 3-1 by Abington Heights.
Mountain View avoided the sweep with 25-18 win in set three. Tasha Shay had 42 assists and Gerfin added eight kills.
Montrose was swept at home by Abington Heights.
The Lady Meteors were led by Jordan Russell who had eight digs while Tayler Diaz had four blocks and Maisie Porter added two aces.
Montrose took a 3-2 win over Lackawanna Trail to cap their week.
Jessie Fassler had 26 assists and four aces to lead Montrose. Diaz had six kills, five blocks, and two aces and Russell added nine digs and four aces. Tiersten Newhart had four blocks and digs and added two kills.
Susquehanna earned their second league win with a 3-0 sweep of Elk Lake.
Benson led the way with 13 points and eight kills. She and Kelcey Treible had five aces with Treible earning eight points overall. Leah Place added eight assists and five digs.
Amanda Voll led Elk Lake with five aces while Amelia Comly chipped in with six assists and Anna Comly had three kills.
Susquehanna was also swept by Western Wayne.
Meghan Kiernan had seven points and six digs while Burns chipped in with five digs and points.
Dunmore roared back from a first set loss to defeat Forest City 3-1.
Faith Ursich and Kara Kelly led the Lady Foresters with five digs each.
The Lady Foresters were also swept by Abington Heights 3-0.
Makayla Williams had six kills and Brooke Staple added four assists and two points, digs, and kills.
Forest City swept Montrose behind Williams’s eight kills and six aces. Brooke Staple has eight assists while Ursich had four aces and Kelly chipped in with five digs.