Lady Raiders take WW to limit

Blue Ridge’s Makenzie Cook digs a ball during a Lady Raiders’ regular season match. Blue Ridge fell to Lititz Christiain in the first round of the PIAA volleyball playoffs. Photo by Ed King.

The match everyone expected the first time came to fruition

Hunter Heeman (13) attacks a set during Blue Ridge’s match with division-leading Western Wayne on Thursday. Teammates Alison Marshman (20), Cassidy Howe (24), and Breanna Post (17) are ready to support. Heeman finished the match with 11 kills. Photo by Ed King

when Blue Ridge hosted league-leading and undefeated Western Wayne Thursday night unfortunately for Blue Ridge the result remained the same.

Western Wayne rallied in the final two games to claim a 3-2 win over Blue Ridge and took a two-game lead over the Lady Raiders in the Lackawanna League girls’ volleyball standings.

Blue Ridge who had been swept when the two squads met last month at Western Wayne jumped out early with a 25-19 win in the first set behind the serving of Kalyn Lewis and three kills from Hunter Heeman.

Western Wayne evened the match with a 25-17 win in game two. But Blue Ridge dominated in game three jumping out to 9-0 lead behind the serving of Alison Marshman and finishing with Alyssa Sherwood’s 6-0 run to claim the 25-14 win.

However, Western Wayne regrouped and won a close fourth set 25-23.

Blue Ridge jumped out to 3-0 lead in the deciding set, but Western Wayne battled back to take a 4-3 lead and All-Regional performer Rebecca Klemowitch took over finishing with eight kills and two blocks as the Lady Cats took control of the match and prevailed with a 15-7 victory.

Blue Ridge’s Alison Marshman sets the ball for teammates Makenzie Cook (4), Hunter Heeman (13), and Cassidy Howe (24) during the team’s match with Western Wayne. Photo by Ed King

Heeman finished with 11 kills and Marshman had 24 assists to lead Blue Ridge.

Blue Ridge set up the showdown with Western Wayne with a 3-0 sweep of Susquehanna two days before.

Heeman had another big match with 12 kills and Mackenzie Cook registered 18 points including eight aces to go along with 18 digs and seven kills. Marshman chipped in with 29 assists and Breanna Post had 12 points, five aces, seven digs and six kills.

Meghan Kiernan had five blocks, digs, and points to lead the Lady Sabers.

Mountain View climbed up the standings with a pair of wins during the week.

The Lady Eagles swept Montrose 3-0 behind Tasha Shay’s eight blocks and five kills.

Rachel Gerfin added nine kills for Mountain View and Alyza Ransom had five points.

Jessica Fassler 15 assists and six points to lead Montrose while Tierstan Newhart and Catherine Strickland chipped in with three aces.

Mountain View then travelled to Susquehanna to take a 3-2 win from the Lady Sabers.

Mountain View claimed the first two sets before Susquehanna rallied with two straight wins to force game five. The Lady Eagles regrouped and took the final stanza 15-6.

Gerfin was tough on the net registering 14 kills and five blocks and Shay added eight more kills and had 15 assists. Kelsey Rumola chipped in with six kills.

Kiernan led Susquehanna again with 13 points, seven kills and five blocks.

Montrose also fell to Abington Heights 3-0 despite 18 assists from Jaelyn Smith and two aces from Jordan Russell.

Forest City split the week getting a 3-2 win over Elk Lake and falling to Dunmore 3-0.

Kara Kelly had 15 digs to lead the Lady Foresters over Elk Lake and Brianna Calhoun added five kills.

Amanda Voll had eight digs to lead the Lady Warriors while Lily Decker chipped in with seven kills and six aces and Olivia Voll had nine assists and five aces.

In the loss to Dunmore Kelly again had 15 digs while Brooke Staple had nine assists and Alexis Kirchem had five kills.

The improving Lady Warriors also fell to Lackawanna Trail for the second time in six days 3-1.

Amanda Voll had three kills and Allana Warner had four aces.

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