It doesn’t get any bigger than Tuesday for high school volleyball in northeastern Pennsylvania when Holy Redeemer visits Delaware Valley in a battle of undefeated teams in the Wyoming Valley Conference.

Holy Redeemer, the established powerhouse program, which has won 66 straight matches in the regular season in the Wyoming Valley Conference dating back to April 9, 2013 when North Pocono ended what had been at the time a 57-match winning streak.

 

REMEMBER WHEN. … 

 

 

North Pocono ends Redeemer’s streak

BY JOBY FAWCETT
Date: April 9, 2013

WILKES-BARRE — It has been the most heated rivalry in boys volleyball for almost 10 years.
And it continues to boil.
In this season’s tension-filled showdown North Pocono played with brimming intensity and poise and defeated Holy Redeemer, 3-0, Monday in a Wyoming Valley Conferencematch.
Improving to 5-0, the Trojans snapped Holy Redeemer’s 57-match regular-season winning streak.
“They came out on fire, we came out on fire,” North Pocono’s Cory Rinaldi said. “It was a real heated match. It was an amazing match. Holy Redeemer is a great program and we just came out with a lot of confidence.”

 

North Pocono’s Billy Morrell, left, tries to slam a shot past the block attempts of
Holy Redeemer’s Brendan Leahigh (14) and Mike Prociak.
FRANK LAURI / SPECIAL TO TIMES-SHAMROCK

 

Since the 2016 season, Delaware Valley has a record of 32-3 just behind that of Holy Redeemer (35-0) in the regular season.

Holy Redeemer swept the Warriors in three games last season.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

 

0

Games lost by Holy Redeemer this season.

137

Kills by Holy Redeemer’s Jared Piontkowski

1855

Days since Holy Redeemer lost in the regular season in the WVC

 

 

Delaware Valley Players to Watch

 

     

Logan GALLAGHER

Thomas RANIERO

Jackson SHAFER

158 Kills

369 Assists

97 Kills

 

 

 

WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE STANDINGS

(AS OF MAY 7)

 

 

 


 

 

AROUND THE LACKAWANNA LEAGUE

 

 

While the Holy Redeemer at Delaware Valley match is garnering a lot of much deserved attention, the race for the Lackawanna League title continues.

 

After 10 league matches, Abington Heights has a one-match lead over Forest City and Blue Ridge.

But guess what?

  • Abington Heights plays at Blue Ridge tonight

 

  • Forest City plays at Blue Ridge on Thursday

 

  • Abington Heights plays at Mountain View on Thursday NOTE: Abington Heights defeated Mountain View, 3-2 in the first half.

 

In the first match between Abington Heights and Blue Ridge

 

Abington Heights’ #12 James McGrail spikes the ball over Blue Ridge’s #6 Luke Updyke.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

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.”
Abington Heights (5-0) played with confidence and passion, thwarting several attempts by the equally fired up Raiders with its strong overhand serves, solid defense and offensive execution.

 

 

 

Blue Ridge (3-2)

22

21

24

Abington Hts. (5-0)

25

25

25

 

 

LACKAWANNA LEAGUE STANDINGS

(AS OF MAY 7)

 

 

 

 

DISTRICT 2 STANDINGS

(AS OF MAY 7)

 

 

 


 

 

RANKINGS

 

 

With the season past the mid-way point, it’s time to release the third poll of the season.

 

 

No.

Team

Record

Pvs.

 

1

Delaware Valley

11—0

1

 

2

Abington Heights

9—1

2

 

3

North Pocono

7—5

3

 

4

Forest City

8—2

5

 

5

Blue Ridge

8—2

4

 

 

 


 

 

 

SCHEDULE

 

TUESDAY

Lackawanna League
Susquehanna at Elk Lake
Abington Heights at Blue Ridge
Western Wayne at Forest City
Wyoming Valley Conference
Holy Redeemer at Delaware Valley

 

THURSDAY

Lackawanna League
Abington Heights at Mountain View
Western Wayne at Elk Lake
Forest City at Blue Ridge