Hello, volleyball fans!

Please forgive me for this late start to the season. First, I went on vacation, and honestly, I got a late start on even preparing for the volleyball season. My spring is quite busy trying to keep up with track, tennis and lacrosse, but that is no excuse, rather an explanation as to why I haven’t maintained proper coverage. I hope you will all understand.

Mansfield

Now, to the matter at hand. In the fall, Blue Ridge girls volleyball had a championship season, winning the Lackawanna League and the District 2 Class 1A championships. Pretty impressive. In the spring, coach Lori Zick, who also coaches the boys team, indicated in her preseason questionnaire that her Raiders may be a factor in the league chase. They returned a pair of second-team all-stars in Dane Beers and Kyle Bayly, and had some newcomers like Mike Allen, who is an outstanding all-around athlete, and Garrett Mansfield, an all-league soccer player.

Still, the favorite role went to Abington Heights, which has been dominant in the league, having won 60 matches since joining the Lackawanna League from the Wyoming Valley Conference.

Mountain View, which has been consistently the closest challenger to Abington Heights, garnered consideration also.

The season is five matches in and the lone remaining unbeaten is — You guessed it — Blue Ridge.

The Raiders hosted Abington Heights on Thursday night and beat the Comets, 3-1 (25-15, 25-21, 18-25, 27-25). It snapped Abington Heights’ 24-match winning streak in the Lackawanna League.

BLUE RIDGE BY THE NUMBERS

Player

Kills

Serving points

Digs

Assists

Dane Beers

42

34

7

0

Garrett Mansfield

34

22

26

0

Cameron Franks

22

25

9

0

Mike Allen

17

0

5

0

Corbin French

13

16

8

3

Kyle Bayly

1

33

39

2

Dominick Rogers

8

29

10

121

James Goff

0

0

23

1


 

AROUND THE WVC

Delaware Valley, which is coached by Heather Holdredge, had high expectations coming into the season and it is off to a good start. The Warriors are unbeaten in their first five matches and have done so in overwhelming fashion, 3-0, in every match.

  • Tyler Smith: Leads the team with 67 kills, and has 28 serving points with 13 aces.
  • John Natiello: Leads the WVC* with 24 aces, and has 34 kills and 44 serving points.
  • Logan Gallagher: Has 57 assists and 26 serving points.
  • Joshua Croll: Has 30 serving points and 14 aces.
Tid Bit
  • Heather Holdredge is married to Adam Holdredge, who served as an assistant to his father, Richard Holdredge, at Tunkhannock and is now an assistant Delaware Valley.

North Pocono is off to a good start as well. The Trojans are 5-1. They also celebrated a milestone as they earned coach Jud Holdredge his 400th career high school win.

Wait a minute?

Ah, yes, the Holdredge Legacy. There’s is the first family of volleyball in Northeastern Pennsylvania and one might argue in the state.

Ernie Holdredge is the Godfather of the Volleyball in this area. His league record stands alone as the best, with nobody who could even challenge him.

  • From 1959 to 1982, Tunkhannock had a record of 249-0 in regular-season matches in the Lackawanna and Suburban Leagues and won 24 consecutive District 2 or District 12 championships.
  • Tunkhannock won a state championship in 1972, and finished as runner-up in 1966, 1967 and 1970.

Rich Holdredge, a standout player at Tunkhannock and two-time All-American at George Williams College, served as an assistant to his father, beginning in 1974. After Ernie Holdredge retired, his son, Jud Holdredge, took over the program and Richard, again, served as an assistant until 1993 when both he and Richard became co-head coaches through the 2006 season. During their time together at Tunkhannock, the brothers Holdredge racked up a record of 347-47.

Jud Holdredge became the head coach at North Pocono in 2012 and has guided the program to a record of 56-10.


RANKINGS

Abington Heights’ Peter Heckman hits a shot over Western Wayne’s Thad Romance on Thursday night.
Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer

This will be the first poll of the season, and again, because I got a late start, I did not do one in the preseason. But, you know what? Maybe this is a better way to do it? Wait a few matches, get a feel for the teams and their abilities and put them in order. Uhhmmm. … interesting concept. (Hint, hint, wink, wink)

TOP 5

1. Delaware Valley (5-0)

  • I mean, this seems easy enough. Unbeaten and until somebody earns a game on them, the Warriors are about as solid a top choice as you can have.

 

2. North Pocono (5-1)

  • Bouncing back from a .500 season in 2016, the Trojans are ready to challenge for a District 2 title. Only loss is yo unbeaten Berwick in the opener.

 

3. Blue Ridge (5-0)

  • The Raiders seized control of first place in the Lackawanna League with its win over Abington Heights.

 

4. Abington Heights (4-1)

  • Can’t put the Comets too far down the list, they are the defending league champions.

 

5. Mountain View (4-1)

  • Only loss is 3-2 to league leader Blue Ridge.

 


 

SCHEDULE

MONDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at Hanover Area

TUESDAY
Lackawanna League
Abington Heights at Mountain View
Western Wayne at Elk Lake
Forest City at Blue Ridge
Wyoming Valley Conference
North Pocono at Holy Redeemer

Tuesday could be a very exciting night across the volleyball scene.

WEDNESDAY
Wyoming Valley Conference
Nanticoke at Delaware Valley

THURSDAY
Lackawanna League
Susquehanna at Western Wayne
Mountain View at Forest City
Elk Lake at Blue Ridge
Wyoming Valley Conference
Crestwood at North Pocono


That’s all for today.

I will do my best to keep this blog going strong, but again, time is short.

ENJOY!