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Can The Volleyball Team Live up to Expectations?

By: Gehrig Dibble/Junior Writer

Background

In 2023, the Blue Ridge Boys Volleyball team went 22-1 and only lost seven sets last year.  With such as successful season last year, there are obviously high expectations going into this year.  With their whole starting line up returning and new freshman, the Raiders are certainly one of the favorites to win another league, district and possibly state championship.

What’s In Store 

Last year the Raiders had a great season as Lackawanna League Champions, PIAA District II Champions, and PIAA State Quarter-Finalists, led by Connor Cranage who hit a milestone of 500 kills and Carson Gallagher who reached 1,000 assists.  Cranage and Gallagher, who are seniors this year, are joined by other standout players, including seniors Morgan Thomas, Nick Laude and Aiden Glasgow, who is returning from an ACL injury, and junior Owen Martin who rounds out the starting line-up.

The Raiders started out their season with a scrimmage against Mountain View on Saturday, March 8 which is a good warm-up before the season begins on March 18 home against Hanover.

Against Hanover they won 3-0 in dominant fashion.  Scores were 25-10, 25-9 and 25-8.

As the season goes on they continued to win games starting off 6-0 with more 3-0 wins coming against Elk Lake, North Pocono, Lackawanna Trail, Scranton, Berwick and Hanover.

The Team’s Expectations For 2024  

When asked what the main goal is this year, junior Owen Martin said, “I would definitely want to win a league, district, and state championship.”

“Overall, I want to contribute to the best of my abilities and help take the team as far as I can.”

Senior Morgan Thomas said he would really like to see his team win every game they play, but at the end of the day, he says, “my main goal is to do the best for my team because that is all I care about.”

As for the competition, Thomas says: “Our biggest competition will most likely be Holy Redeemer, but I think we will be ready for them.”

The Raiders play at Holy Redeemer on May 6.

To read the Raider’s schedule or to watch any any games, link here.

To read more about Blue Ridge sports, link here.

 

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Gehrig Dibble
Gehrig Dibble
Gehrig Dibble is 16 years old and is currently a Junior at Blue Ridge HIgh School. He lives in New Milford, PA.  He hopes to do well in high school so he can hopefully attend college.  He is undecided on what he wants to do in the future. This is Gehrig’s first year in journalism and he hopes to bring attention to events at Blue Ridge that are often overlooked.
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