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Girls Volleyball: East Ridge stays undefeated in conference, New Life Academy improves its record

Avery Burger earns the kill as she gets the ball through the White Bear Lake blocker. East Ridge earned the sweep on Thursday night. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Stephanie Barber gets the ball set up for one of the East Ridge hitters as the Raptors swept White Bear Lake on Thursday night. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Jadyn Garrison (left) and Lauren Galvin (right) look for the ball as East Ridge sweeps White Bear Lake on Thursday night. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

Friday night

New Life Academy 3, Legacy Christian 0

The Eagles continue their dominance this season as New Life swept Legacy Christian on Friday night. This win improves their record to 12-6 on the season with four matches left in the regular season.

New Life will play its next match at home at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The Eagles have three home matches and one road match this season before section play begins.

Thursday night

East Ridge 3, White Bear Lake 0

The East Ridge volleyball team took the momentum from Tuesday night's sweep against Park into Thursday's home match against White Bear Lake.

The result?

The Raptors pulled off another three-set sweep and put themselves into perfect position to defend their conference title this season. The players are taking it one match at a time and they know they have some key matches ahead to complete the regular season.

"It's kind of nice to use these next couple weeks as preparation for the section tournament," said sophomore libero Jadyn Garrison. "We want to defend our conference title and we know it won't be an easy road."

The first set on Thursday night was all Raptors as East Ridge won 25-5 and looked to dominate the rest of the evening.

The second and third sets were a little closer with the second set being won 25-18 and the third set finishing 25-13.

"We had a few more unforced errors in the last couple sets," said East Ridge head coach Steve Anderson. "These girls find ways though to continue winning, which I hope builds some confidence heading into an important week next week."

The Raptors will be heading to Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday night before hosting rival Woodbury on Thursday night next week. Both opponents have a strong tradition when it comes to the sport of volleyball, so Anderson and the East Ridge players understand the situation at hand.

East Ridge has only four regular season matches left and with an undefeated conference record, the Raptors hope to clinch a conference title and carry that momentum into section play.

"The section tournament is a different mentality because you need to win or your season is done," said senior setter Stephanie Barber. "We're hoping to change our mentality to section play with these last couple weeks, so we can be prepared when it comes."

East Ridge will play at Cretin-Derham Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 and come back home to host Woodbury at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4.

The following week will include a road match against Stillwater at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and come back home to finish out the regular season against Forest Lake at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Forest Lake 3, Woodbury 0

The Royals played three close sets with Forest Lake on Thursday night, but weren't able to come out with the victory in any of them. This allowed Forest Lake to complete the sweep against Woodbury.

The final for the first set was 25-18, while the second and third sets finished 25-22 and 25-17. The Royals will host Roseville at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 before playing at rival East Ridge at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Tuesday night

East Ridge 3, Park 0

The Raptors dominated on Tuesday night with a 3-0 sweep over the Wolfpack. Within those three sets, East Ridge took complete control of two of the sets.

East Ridge won the first set 25-6 and fought with Park in the second set to earn the 25-17 victory and 2-0 lead in the match. Finally, the third set was won by the Raptors with a 25-4 final score.

East Ridge will be at home on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. as the Raptors take on White Bear Lake. Park will travel to Stillwater at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Stillwater 3, Woodbury 0

The Royals came off a busy weekend in River Falls, Wisconsin, and were swept by Stillwater on Tuesday night. Stillwater won the first set 25-16, won the second set 25-23 and won the third set 25-18.

Woodbury will travel to Forest Lake at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 to get back in the winning column.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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