Sometimes the best of plans doesn’t go as expected, and unfortunately the postseason playoffs can be unforgiving.
After dropping the first set 25-20 in their PIAA state first round volleyball match Blue Ridge was unable to get on track and was swept by Lititz Christian 3-0.
Lititz rode the momentum of the first set win to win the second convincingly 25-8. They finished the night off with a 25-14 win to sweep the match.
“They played every point like it was their last,” said Blue Ridge setter Alison Marshman.
Lititz’s aggressiveness and precision never allowed Blue Ridge to get into a flow. Marshman had 12 assists for Blue Ridge but the Lady Raiders were unable to get their hitters going in the match.
“I don’t think they did anything to over dominant us,” said Blue Ridge outside hitter Hunter Heeman. “They did place the ball well but nothing that we weren’t used to.”
Heeman felt the Lady Raiders didn’t effectively handle the Lititz serves and thus didn’t get as many balls to the net like they normally do.
Heeman had four kills while Alyssa Sherwood, Makenzie Cook, and Breanna Post added three each.
Despite the disappointment of the first-round exit Marshman felt Blue Ridge could hold their heads high.
“This season was unforgettable,” noted Marshman. “I’m so proud of how far every person came individually which pushed us all as a team.”