OK, last time there was a post ON THE BLOG it was just after the regular seasons in the Lackawanna League and the Wyoming Valley Conference had just started.

Now, both schedules are full steam ahead. The Lackawanna League reaches the half-way point Tuesday (tonight). Abington Heights made sure to reinforce its role as preseason favorite in the first half of the schedule. The Comets defeated Blue Ridge, 3-0, in a very intense match at Clarks Summit Elementary School, which is a unique atmosphere for a volleyball match.

 

BY JOBY FAWCETT

STAFF WRITER

CLARKS SUMMIT — Fueled by the motivation of two losses a season ago, Abington Heights stormed past Blue Ridge in Round 1 of their newly formed and at times heated boys volleyball rivalry.

Evan Florey led the way with a series of powerful swings that produced 12 kills as the Comets swept the defending champions, 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 26-24), on Thursday to remain the lone unbeaten in the Lackawanna League.
Their next matchup: May 8 at Blue Ridge.
“The whole match, we all supported each other, and really stayed confident and tried to hit the ball hard and win the rallies back when we lost possession,” Florey said. “The big swings and kills are always a big morale booster. And I think everybody brought their game up when we were putting them down.”

 

 

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Blue Ridge (3-2)

22

21

24

Abington Hts. (5-0)

25

25

25

 

 

Abington Heights’ Evan Florey.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

In another key match that same day, Forest City continued its outstanding first half. The Foresters posted a 3-1 win over Western Wayne to move to 4-1. That sets up a key match tonight at home against Blue Ridge.

 

Forest City 3, Western Wayne 1

 

Forest City’s Nicholas Andrews.

 

At Western Wayne, Matt Giles had 17 service points, five blocks and nine assists to lead Forest City.
Nicholas Andrews had 11 service points, six blocks, eight digs, six kills and eight assists for the Foresters and Jordan Non had six service points and eight digs.
Matt Henneforth had 14 kills, 15 service points and eight digs for Western Wayne, Matt Palmer had 11 service points and nine digs and Thad Romance had 16 digs.

 

 

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

Forest City (4-1)

18

25

25

26

Western Wayne (1-4)

25

11

18

24

 

 

LACKAWANNA LEAGUE STANDINGS AS OF APRIL 17

 

Courtesy of piaad2.org

 


 

 

WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE

 

While the Lackawanna League teams are focused on capturing a league championship, they must also keep an eye on North Pocono. The Trojans are 4-3 in the conference, but remember last season, they finished 7-5 and then proceeded to beat Lackawanna League champion Blue Ridge in five games and Abington Heights in three to reach the District 2 Class 2A Championships.

This year’s team is a veteran group. Led by Colin Coles and Jonathan Haikes, North Pocono has beaten Dallas, Coughlin, Lake-Lehman and Tunkhannock, which pushed Delaware Valley to five games before losing.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

 

 

 COLIN COLES

 69 Kills

 49 Serving Points

 36 Digs

 

 JONATHAN HAIKES

 203 Assists

 54 Serving Points

 17 Aces

 

 CONNOR RICHARDS

 59 Kills

 60 Serving Points

 34 Digs

 

 

Delaware Valley rolling

 

The Warriors are 6-0 heading into Tuesday’s (tonight’s) match against Nanticoke. The Warriors have reeled off five straight wins losing only the two games against Tunkhannock.

Quick hit

■ Delaware Valley withstood that threat from Tunkhannock, 3-2.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Delaware Valley assistant coach Adam Holdredge.
Tunkhannock is where his father, Richard, served as a head coach and an assistant coach. Ernie Holdredge, Richard’s father and Adam’s grandfather, built the Tigers into the best volleyball program in the area.
Jud Holdredge, Ernie’s other son, took over as head coach at Tunkhannock in 1974 and stayed in that post until 1993, when he and Richard were co-coaches.
This season, Jud, returned as an assistant coach for the Tigers after six seasons as the head coach at North Pocono.
In a sidenote, Adam Holdredge is married to Delaware Valley head coach Heather Holdredge.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

 

 

 LOGAN GALLAGHER

 79 Kills

 51 Serving Points

 30 Digs

 

 THOMAS RANIERO

 179 Assists

 55 Serving Points

 10 Aces

 

 MARK PIOTROWSKI

 44 Kills

 59 Serving Points

 24 Digs

 

 


 

 

RANKINGS

 

With the season still young, it’s time to release the second poll of the season.

 

No.

Team

Record

Pvs.

 

1

Delaware Valley

6—0

1

 

2

Abington Heights

5—0

2

 

3

North Pocono

4—3

4

 

4

Blue Ridge

3—2

3

 

5

Forest City

4—1

5

 

 


 

 

SCHEDULE

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 17
Lackawanna League
Mountain View at Abington Heights
Elk Lake at Western Wayne
Blue Ridge at Forest City
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at Nanticoke

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
Wyoming Valley Conference
North Pocono at Crestwood

THURSDAY, APRIL 19
Lackawanna League
Western Wayne at Susquehanna
Forest City at Mountain View
Blue Ridge at Elk Lake
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at Wyoming Valley West
Hanover Area at North Pocono