Good day to you all.

What a busy week it was for Blue Ridge. Ahhh, but boy was it rewarding.

Everything got started for the Raiders on Tuesday with an epic comeback win over rival Mountain View. There was a lot of drama in the gym. Remembering back, Mountain View fed off the buzz created by a raucous student section and built a 2-0 lead with wins of 25-23 and 25-15.

Here are some highlights: 

 

Blue Ridge played with a much greater sense of urgency when the reality of losing an undefeated regular season seemed likely. All of their big-time players — Dane Beers, Dominick Rogers, Garrett Mansfield — they all played a huge part in the comeback. The Raiders won the third game, 25-12, then evened things up with a 25-20 win in Game 4.

It all came down to the race for 15. And Blue Ridge played with confidence and a swagger, eventually overwhelming the Eagles, 15-11.

SCOREBOARD

1

2

3

4

5

Blue Ridge

23

15

25

25

15

Mountain View

25

25

12

20

11

 

Here are some highlights:

 

Blue Ridge followed that win up with a three-game sweep of Western Wayne to clinch a tie for the Lackawanna League championship. And on Friday, played a match against Forest City, originally scheduled for May 11 and won that one too in three games to improve to 11-0 and secure the overall league championship.

It’s been a banner year for volleyball at Blue Ridge. Remember, the Lady Raiders won the Lackawanna League championship, the District 2 Class 1A title, and a PIAA first-round match in the fall.

Lori Zick is the coach for both programs. And it’s hard to have a better scholastic season with two programs.

 

Garrett Mansfield of Blue Ridge hits the ball back to Mountain View.
Photo by Jake Danna Stevens

 

AROUND THE LACKAWANNA LEAGUE

Mountain View (9-2) did bounce back after its emotional loss to Blue Ridge. The Eagles won in three games and were led by Keegan Mack, who had six aces and eight kills and Luke Schmidt, who had 12 assists.

  • The Eagles have one important match remaining in the regular season. They will travel to Abington Heights on May 11 and seeding for the District 2 Class 2A tournament will be on the line.

 

Abington Heights (8-2) had a pair of wins last week. The Comets stayed only one-half match behind Mountain View in the standings. This week, they defeated Western Wayne, 3-0, and added a 3-0 win over Elk Lake to stay within striking distance of Mountain View.

  • George Kronick had 18 kills in two matches to lead the Comets.
  • Evan Florey added 17 kills in the week.
  • Eric Brickel had five kills in a win over Western Wayne.

 

UNDER THE RADAR

Forest Citys Mike Kelly and Nicholas Andrews.

 

Forest City is 5-6 entering the final week of the regular season. The Foresters could finish at .500 with a win at Western Wayne.

Teammate Michael Kelly has 43 kills this season. He has also been one of the top servers in the Lackawanna League with 24 aces.

Freshman Nicholas Andrews has been one of the leaders of the team. He had 17 assists last week to give him 94 this season.

 


 

AROUND THE WVC

It all comes down to this week for Delaware Valley. This is exactly what the Warriors have been working toward since last season.

On Wednesday, undefeated Delaware Valley will visit unbeaten Holy Redeemer, which has won the last three straight Wyoming Valley Conference championships.

Holy Redeemer’s Matt Blaum sends the ball past Nanticoke’s Joshua Baranowski (8) and Carlos Castillo (13) during a volleyball game.
Photo by Christopher Dolan

 

BY THE NUMBERS

 

HOLY REDEEMER ROYALS

Name

Kills

Blocks

Assists

Digs

Serving points

Ben Rachilla

152

30

0

22

78

Luke Nealon

97

36

0

1

21

Matt Blaum

52

12

5

16

38

Jim Stepanski

3

2

130

11

63

George Beck

6

4

116

16

33

Mike Mohutsky

4

0

9

49

117

 

DELAWARE VALLEY WARRIORS

Name

Kills

Blocks

Assists

Digs

Serving points

Liam Naturale

5

3

219

22

77

Tyler Smith

167

7

1

48

53

Joshua Croll

33

21

5

22

58

Logan Gallagher

6

2

58

42

54

Mark Piotrowski

31

21

0

4

80

John Natiello

81

11

2

35

106

 


 

RANKINGS

Both Delaware Valley and Blue Ridge are aiming to finish their regular seasons undefeated. It’s going to be an exciting match when Delaware Valley plays Holy Redeemer. Blue Ridge finishes against Abington Heights in a key battle in the Lackawanna League.

 

TOP 5

1. Delaware Valley (10-0)

Defeated Berwick in a terrific five-game match. Faces Holy Redeemer, which beat Berwick, 3-0, in their meeting this season.

 

2. Blue Ridge (11-0)

Won all three matches it had last week and is one win away from a perfect regular season.

 

 

3. North Pocono (7-5)

Split its two matches in the WVC last week. Lost to Wyoming Valley West, but bounced back with a win over Nanticoke.

 

4. Mountain View (9-2)

Split its matches last week and has an important match with Abington Heights this week.

 

5. Abington Heights (8-2)

Has an important week coming up with matches against Blue Ridge and Mountain View.

 


 

SCHEDULE

MONDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
Dallas at Delaware Valley

TUESDAY
Lackawanna League
Elk Lake at Susquehanna
Blue Ridge at Abington Heights
Forest City at Western Wayne

WEDNESDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at Holy Redeemer

THURSDAY
Lackawanna League
Mountain View at Abington Heights
Elk Lake at Western Wayne

 


 

That is all for today.

Have a great weekend.

ENJOY!