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Volleyball: Eleanor Roosevelt topples Bladensburg

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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Eleanor Roosevelt’s Alesia Richardson scores a point for her team against Bladensburg on Oct. 2.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Eleanor Roosevelt’s Alesia Richardson scores a point for her team against Bladensburg on Oct. 2.

Published on: Wednesday, October 09, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

The Bladensburg volleyball team looked to achieve its first victory of the season, but they faced a tough test against Eleanor Roosevelt on Oct. 2.

Bladensburg was coming off of a tough loss against High Point in a three-set sweep. Roosevelt displayed dominance and won handily against the Mustangs: 25-6, 25-3, and 25-6.

Despite losing to Bowie in a three-set sweep in week four against Bowie, the Raiders have been on a tear with four-straight victories. Eleanor Roosevelt is a young team comprised with senior leadership that Coach Eileen Lloyd likes to see in a championship caliber squad.

“There are a lot of first year players that are working really hard and growing really fast,” she said. “For me, my outlook on the season is that I have high hopes and I hope we get to the regional at this point. Since they are so young it gives me hope for the future. They are a great group of girls.”

After practicing at High Point, Parkdale, and Greenbelt Middle School last season, Roosevelt’s volleyball team finally has a new renovated gymnasium to call home. However, after gaining a new home, the Raiders lost several key players to graduation. On the other hand, Lloyd sees it as a rebuilding process of her own — just like the gymnasium. Possibilities seem to be endless with a talented group of young players that are slowing becoming household names.

“Several of the players have never played,” Lloyd said. “Denise Restum is a sophomore who has stepped up and has some really nice touch and plays a lot for us. ... She has never played before. Jeala Henry is a freshman in the middle and is really coming along, so we really have hopes for her and she has never played volleyball before. We had some spaces to fill and they all athletically stepped up.”

Bladensburg is in its own rebuilding mode. Despite losing to the 4A perennial powerhouse, they showed signs of improvement in each set and eventually went on a 3-0 scoring run near the end of the second set of the match.

The match was designated as a “Think Pink” game to support breast cancer awareness, and all proceeds from a bake sale went to the cause.

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