OK fans, it’s been a while, again since the last post ON THE BLOG, but to explain, this spring season, more than any other, because of the backlog of games it’s hard to free up a day where there is no action going on to kind of play catch up with the volleyball schedule.

That being said, here’s a look at where we stand after what was a very eventful week in the Lackawanna League that officially got the second half going strong.

On Thursday night, Forest City defeated Abington Heights in five matches. The Foresters are the first Lackawanna League team to beat the Comets this season. And the victory certainly put the championship up for grabs.

 

FOREST CITY 3, ABINGTON HEIGHTS 2

 

Forest City’s Nicholas Andrews.

Matthew Giles had seven kills, seven blocks and nine assists to lead Forest City to a 3-2 win over Abington Heights on Thursday in the Lackawanna League.
Nick Andrews added 10 digs for the winners.
Matt Pacyna had 25 assists, and 18 digs for Abington Heights.

 

 

 

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

Game 5

Forest City (7-2)

21

22

25

25

16

Abington Heights (7-1)

25

25

22

21

14

 

 

AROUND THE LACKAWANNA LEAGUE

 

In addition to the Forest City upset, Blue Ridge continued its resurgence to the top of the standings. The Raiders avenged a first-half loss to Susquehanna with a 3-0 sweep of the Sabers. Now they trail Abington Heights by one match in the standings with a showdown against the Comets on May 8.

Forest City also has a match at Blue Ridge on May 10.

Also, Mountain View, which took Abington Heights to five games, also has its rematch with the Comets on May 10.

Honestly, the entire championship race couldn’t have a more intriguing final two weeks.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH
  • Matthew Giles, Forest City: Had seven kills, seven blocks and nine assists vs. Abington Heights.
  • Jordan Non, Forest City: Had seven digs and nine service points in a win over Elk Lake.
  • Luke Schmidt, Mountain View: Had 20 assists in a win over Western Wayne and had 20 assists in a win over Elk Lake.
  • Cameron Franks, Blue Ridge: Had 11 kills and eight digs in a win over Susquehanna, Had five kills and eight service points in a win over Elk Lake.
  • Matt Pacyna, Abington Heights: Contributed five kills and 13 assists in a win over Susquehanna and had 25 assists, and 18 digs against Forest City.
  • Bryce Baldwin, Susquehanna: Had seven blocks against Blue Ridge and 10 kills, nine blocks and 22 points against Abington Heights.
  • Matt Henneforth, Western Wayne: Had eight kills and seven digs against Mountain View; The freshman has 123 kills this season.

 

     

CAMERON FRANKS

BRYCE BALDWIN

JORDAN NON

Blue Ridge

Susquehanna

Forest City

 

 

 

LACKAWANNA LEAGUE STANDINGS

(As of April 27)

 

 

AROUND THE WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE

 

Delaware Valley remains on a collision course with Holy Redeemer, which is scheduled for May 8. The Warriors stopped Nanticoke, Wyoming Valley West (Its top challenger among Class 3A teams) and North Pocono in three-game sweeps.

North Pocono is back up over .500 after navigating through the heart of its WVC schedule. Jonathan Haikes had a huge match against Wyoming Valley West, racking up 50 assists, while Colin Coles had 31 kills in a 3-2 victory.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

 

  • Colin Coles, North Pocono: In addition to his 31 kills against WVW, he had 19 digs. This season, the senior has 126 kills and 69 service points and 67 digs.
  • Jonathan Haikes, North Pocono: Had 153 assists in his last for matches with a season-high 58 against Hazleton Area.
  • Thomas Raniero, Delaware Valley: Had 77 assists in his last two matches, which included 41 against Wyoming Valley West.

 

 

     

COLIN COLES

JONATHAN HAIKES

THOMAS RANIERO

North Pocono

North Pocono

Delaware Valley

 

 

WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE STANDINGS

(As of April 27)

 


 

DISTRICT 2 STANDINGS

(As of April 27)

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

From PIAAD2.ORG

 

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION:
CLASS 3A

  • As in the past District II must form a sub-region with District XI. Delaware Valley, Hazleton Area and Wyoming Valley West are AAA classification. In order for our teams to qualify, we must have a .500 winning percentage in either the league or overall record as long as the dual exhibition match was scheduled before the season began.

 

  • Tournaments do not count toward winning percent. If we have a AAA team that qualifies, our team will be ranked according to the power rating system used by District XI to seed their teams for their tournament. There is a possibility that more than one of our teams may qualify.

 

CLASS 2A

  • Once again in AA we will have an eight team tournament. The teams will come from the LIAA, and the Wyoming Valley Conference. The teams will be seeded on winning percentage. Each league champion will be afforded a high seed. The following criteria will be used to seed the teams:

 

 

1. Divisional Champion
2. Winning percentage in the league
3. Head to head competition in league play
4. Record (%) against teams of the same classification in
league play
5. Record (%) against teams that finish above you in your
league play
6. Flip a coin

 

 

  • Since both leagues finish a week earlier this year, the volleyball committee recommended spreading the tournament out over two weeks. The first round will be held on Wednesday, May 16. For the quarter-final round there will be two double headers. The #1 and #2 seed will host the first round. The first match will begin at 5:00 with the second match to begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first match.

 

  • Semifinals will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the site of the highest remaining seed. The first match will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the second match to follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first match. Finals and a third place match will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at a neutral site beginning at 5:00. The third place match will
    be played first. The championship match will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first match.

 

  • Medals will be given to the first and second place finishers. The top three teams from District II will qualify for the first round of the state tournament. That will take place on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The second round is Saturday, June 2. Semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 and the finals are Saturday, June 9 at Rec Hall on the campus of Penn
    State University. The AA championship will begin at 11:00 AM and the AAA championship will follow at 1:00 PM.
    All matches will be the best of 5 rally scoring. The first four games will 25 point games with no caps. If the fifth game, is
    necessary, it will be a 15 point game with no cap.

 


 

Abington Heights’ #3 Evan Florey spikes the ball over Forest City’s #5 Christopher Karwan.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

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

9—0

1

 

2

Abington Heights

7—1

2

 

3

North Pocono

6—5

3

 

4

Blue Ridge

6—2

4

 

5

Forest City

7—2

5

 

 

 


 

 

SCHEDULE

 

TUESDAY, MAY 1

Lackawanna League
Mountain View at Blue Ridge
Susquehanna at Forest City
Abington Heights at Western Wayne
Wyoming Valley Conference
North Pocono at Nanticoke

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

Wyoming Valley Conference
Berwick at Delaware Valley

 

THURSDAY, MAY 3

Lackawanna League
Blue Ridge at Western Wayne
Elk Lake at Abington Heights
Mountain View at Susquehanna
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at Dallas

 

TUESDAY, MAY 8

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, MAY 10

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