Blue Ridge defeated Lackawanna Trail, 3-0, on Tuesday, eliminating the Lady Lions, on its way to winning the District 2 Class 1A championship.
“This season, my assistant coach and I completely reworked the way we approached running our practices and we saw a very positive response from it,” said Lackawanna Trail head coach Ashley Chuck after the season. “With that, I think the girls were able to get more out of their practice time and we saw a lot of improvement very quickly.”
She continued, “Improvement came not only in their volleyball skills, but also in the mental aspects of the game, being that volleyball is a very mental game. It didn’t matter how many points we were down by or how much of a run the other team may have gone on, these girls never gave up. We were able to make quite a few comebacks and win some games based off of our unwillingness to give up.”
“No matter what, they kept pushing through and I’m very proud of them for that. You don’t come across many teams that are able to do that,” Chuck added.
Monica Stuenzi led Lackawanna Trail with five kills, six digs and seven points. Ashtyn Mecca contributed eight digs and five kills and Abby Wilson had nine assists for the Lady Lions.
Trail, who finished the season 6-14, fell to the Red Raiders in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-14, and 25-7.
“In the off-season, we would like to try to host a clinic for the younger girls in the school district to try to gain our numbers back,” offered Chuck. “We want to rebuild Trail’s program and to do that, we need more players. I think to do that, we need to introduce volleyball at a younger age because we lose a lot of girls to the sports that are offered in elementary school.”
As for next season, Chuck’s outlook is positive. She said, “Next season shows a lot of promise. We have several key returners coming back that had improved so much over the course of the season.
We were able to start two freshman on varsity all season so that is strong for the future of our program.”
“Our girls that will be seniors next year are
very determined to have the best season possible.
These girls are always learning and improving and they love the sport. I’m looking
forward to what next
season holds for us,”