By: Kaylyn Lewis/Co-Sports Editor
To start off the district playoffs, the Lady Raiders came in as the number one seed with a record of 16-2.
On Tuesday, October 29, the Raiders played Lackawanna Trail for the chance to go to the district championship. With their starting senior setter, Alison Marshman out due to a knee injury, they still persevered and pulled out a 3-0 win over the Lady Lions. Hunter Heeman led the team with 11 kills and served up 5five aces. Lydia Andusko contributed 14 digs and junior Kaylyn Lewis had 22 assists.
For the 6th consecutive time, the team was headed to the district championship at North Pocono High School on October 31st. The Lady Raiders were up against MMI Preparatory for the Class 2A title. With a close first set, the Ladies fell to the Prep 25-21. Gaining energy, the team came back to overcome the second set 25-17. Showing no mercy, they dominated the third set with a whopping 25-10. With the Preppers “spooked”, the Raiders took the fourth set 25-23 with senior Alyssa Sherwood blocking the final point, winning their 6th straight District Class 2A Title. Heeman knocked down MMI with 16 kills and two blocks. Sherwood close behind with 12 kills and 3 blocks. Marshman contributed five aces and 25 assists, with Andusko having a career-high of 31 digs.
When asked how it felt to win districts again, senior Makenzie Cook, although feeling sad about it being her final year, said: “I’m really thankful to be able to have this opportunity of winning districts for my third year, being surrounded by teammates and support, pushing us to yet another gold.”
With the title clinched, the Raiders were not done just yet. On November 5th, a long 3-hour ride all the way to Hempfield High School, they were up against Lititz Christian for the first round of the state tournament. The Raiders started out strong but came short in the first set 25-20. Clinging to hope, they kept playing their hardest but fell short 25-8 and 25-14 in the last sets.