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Volleyball Sweeps in Strong Fashion

By Staff | Sep 11, 2015

Maria Blessum shows off jumping prowess during one of her series leading kills. Photo by Lori Gronvold

The Rugby Panther’s volleyball team celebrated Homecoming week with a strong showing against the St. John Woodchucks. The Panther’s C squad performed admirably, winning two sets to one. The Junior Varsity squad also performed well, winning their match two games to one as well, with the Woodchucks forfeiting the last game so they could concentrate on the varsity matchup.

That strategy fell woefully short, with the varsity Panthers making it a clean sweep for the night winning three sets to zero. The Panthers won the first set 25-17, the second set 25-16, and prevailed in the third set, playing mostly their underclassmen, 25-20.

The Panthers were led by the steady play of senior Shea Heidlebaugh who had 25 assists and a block. Heidlebaugh said after the game, “This was a fun game to play after a longer week. It was a fun game overall with our younger players playing amazing” She concluded by saying how much she is looking forward to regional lay that has yet to start.

Another standout of the game was Maria Blessum, who is only a freshman but is already showing great prowess on the volleyball court. Blessum led the team in kills with nine and added four digs. She was named “Subway Player of the Game” for her outstanding performance. After the game Blessum, when asked about her outstanding performance, said, “I played pretty well, but there is definitely room to improve. It is fun to be out there competing and playing with great teammates.” Blessum, who is listed at 5′ 6″ tall, has some serious hops as shown by leading the team in kills. She credits her dad, who was ” a pretty good athlete and I get that from him.” She also credits her work during track season, where she competes n the jumping disciplines.

Some other key players for this resounding win were Ashley Schmaltz, who had seven kills and one block; Lauren Kraft, who had six kills and thirteen digs; and Sara Stier, with four aces and a block.

With this victory the volleyball record stands at 3 wins 4 losses, but are still 0-0 in regional play that starts soon.

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