Hello, everyone!

It’s Friday, so I wanted to take the opportunity to give volleyball fans a recap of what has happened since last week. There certainly are some interesting developments in the Lackawanna League. Blue Ridge and Mountain View have established themselves now as the front runners as the season heads into its second half. But, Abington Heights, the defending champion, will still be heard from before it is all said and done in the regular season.

Mack

Last week, Mountain View defeated Abington Heights, 3-1. Keegan Mack had 16 kills and six aces, Jesse Gerfin had eight kills and four blocks, and Lucas Schmidt contributed 23 assists for the Eagles.

Mountain View’s only loss this season came against Blue Ridge, 3-2, which at the time appeared to be a slight upset. It was a terrific and exhausting match that went five games.

Garrett Mansfield had 15 kills and Dom Rogers had 38 assists to lead Blue Ridge.
Schmidt had 29 assists and Mack had 19 kills for Mountain View.

First Meeting

 

Mountain View

19

25

23

25

16

 

Blue Ridge

25

21

25

19

18

 

Now before the two rivals can focus in on the rematch that is scheduled for May 2 at Mountain View, both will have matches next week.

Mountain View (6-1)

  • April 25: vs. Western Wayne (3-5)
  • April 27: at Elk Lake (1-6)

Blue Ridge (7-0)

  • April 27: vs. Susquehanna (0-7)

 

Blue Ridge had another good week, beating Forest City and Elk Lake by 3-0 scores. On Thursday, Garrett Mansfield had six kills and 12 points, a day after competing in a track meet where he posted a Lackawanna Track Conference Division IV

Hollister

top mark in the triple jump at 38 feet, 10 inches.

Charlie Randall had 18 points with three aces, Mike Allen had five kills and Dominick Rogers had 14 assists and 14 points to lead the Raiders.

Western Wayne went 2-0 on the week to get its record to 3-5. Matt Trygar had 17 kills in the two wins, Ben Hollister, an All-Region swimmer, contributed 13 kills in the week, while Jake Tinklepaugh had 23 assists against Susquehanna.

 


AROUND THE WVC

Tyler Smith

Delaware Valley continues to roll. The Warriors are now 6-0 with all wins by scores of 3-0. Last week, they defeated Nanticoke, 3-0. Moving forward, Delaware Valley will play at North Pocono on Wednesday, and against Wyoming Valley West on Friday because of a scheduling conflict where Wyoming Valley West is holding its National Honor Society ceremony.

 

 

 

DELAWARE VALLEY BY THE NUMBERS

Player

Kills

Serving points

Digs

Assists

Tyler Smith

83

30

12

0

John Natiello

38

57

7

1

Joshua Croll

19

41

6

4

Liam Naturale

2

31

2

77

Logan Gallagher

5

28

6

57

Mark Piotrowski

11

49

1

0

 


 

RANKINGS

There is a slight change in the poll this week. North Pocono lost a heart breaker Thursday to Crestwood in five games. The Trojans were led by James Ildefonso, who had 16 kills, Vincent Wojnar, who had 16 points and 19 digs, and Justin Morman, who had 15 assists, but lost 3-2.

Blue Ridge remained undefeated and replaces North Pocono at No. 2. Mountain View and Abington Heights flip after the Eagles’ win over the Comets.

TOP 5

1. Delaware Valley (6-0)

  • Unbeaten and looking like a legit threat to Holy Redeemer in the Wyoming Valley Conference..

 

2. Blue Ridge (7-0)

  • Playing really solid team volleyball.

 

 

3. North Pocono (5-3)

  • Had a tough week with two  losses, but did give Holy Redeemer all it wanted in a 3-0 loss and went 5 against Crestwood.

 

4. Mountain View (6-1)

  • Only loss is 3-2 to league leader Blue Ridge, and posted wins over Abington Heights and Forest City.

 

5. Abington Heights (4-2)

  • Lost its only match last week to Mountain View, 3-1.

 


 

SCHEDULE

MONDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
North Pocono at Hanover Area

TUESDAY
Lackawanna League
Forest City at Elk Lake
Western Wayne at Mountain View
Abington Heights at Susquehanna

WEDNESDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at North Pocono

THURSDAY
Lackawanna League
Abington Heights at Forest City
Susquehanna at Blue Ridge
Mountain View at Elk Lake

FRIDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
Wyoming Valley West at Delaware Valley* (Change from Master schedule)


 

That’s all for today.

Check back next Friday.

ENJOY!