By: Peyton Gelinger/Junior Writer
Junior Hunter Heeman is a middle blocker and outside hitter for the Lady Raiders Varsity Volleyball team. Heeman has started for the Lady Raiders since freshman year.
As of half way through the 2019 volleyball season, Heeman has a seasonal kill record of 168, 46 digs, 20 blocks and 36 aces. However, she in total has a record of 420 kills, 146 digs, 51 blocks and 71 aces.
Heeman does not play any other sports besides volleyball. She used to play AAU volleyball, along with softball, but she does not play either anymore. Nevertheless, in her off season she goes to a personal trainer in Binghamton and also goes to the New Milford gym and works out there three times a week.
Heeman does plan on continuing to play volleyball at the collegiate level in the future. “I love watching college level volleyball games and it just makes me more eager to play in college!”
Some of Heeman’s personal goals for herself this season is to have 230 kills in one season; she was close last season and ended up having 126 kills. She believes that this season with hard work and determination that she could reach her goals. Heeman’s goals she has for her team is the one they strive for every year, to make it past the first round of States.
One of the Lady Raiders rivals for years has been Dunmore High School, but according to Heeman, “even though Dunmore used to be our biggest rival and still are, I feel this year that Western Wayne is. I think Western Wayne is a very good team with good hitters, and all around they play it safe. Our games with them are very competitive.”
Heeman’s favorite part about volleyball includes the support from her teammates along with community members. “My favorite part about this sport is the support from not only your team mates, but our community. The love from both is amazing. As I get older and graduate I will never forget what it was like to play in that gym listening to fans and parents screaming and your teammates cheering you on. Playing for the Blue Ridge Lady Raiders is unforgettable.”
When asked about her relationship with her teammates, Heeman says that she “feels like a lot of people don’t understand the bond you build with your teammates. Every day you become closer with them. If it wasn’t for volleyball I wouldn’t be as close to half the people I am with today.”
Peyton Gelinger is a junior in high school. She spends most of her time keeping herself busy with volleyball, competitive dance and cheerleading. Spending times with friends and family is an important factor in her life. After high school she hopes to attend IUP with an undecided major.