Good Saturday to everyone.
Welcome to ON THE BLOG for High School Volleyball. I am a day late with this report, because Delaware Valley adjusted its Wyoming Valley Conference schedule to accommodate Wyoming Valley West, which had a National Honor Society ceremony early in the week. So, I held off a day, but am ready to hit the ground running today.
Last week, I had the opportunity to take in my first live match of the season. Unfortunately, with the way the spring sports season is so cramped in the aftermath of that March snow storm, it is difficult for me to adjust my schedule enough to get to matches. But, I traveled to catch Western Wayne at Mountain View. It’s not that far a drive for me to Kingsley. Just a short 25 minutes from my house to destination. Mountain View is chasing Blue Ridge (more on this later), while Western Wayne is an inexperienced team, but well coached. I enjoyed my stay and had a chance to see Keegan Mack, who I already knew as one of the top players in the Lackawanna League. When you have a solid jump serve with good top spin, and you can snap down quick kills, you can be a very efficient and effective weapon. And Mack is a tremendous all-around player. Luke Schmidt does a nice job of setting Mack, and Jesse Gerfin showed a strong swing at the net, as well. Being at the match gave me a good sense as to why Mountain View is once again challenging for the Lackawanna League title.
In a win over Elk Lake, Mack had 11 kills, Schmidt had 15 assists and Gerfin added five kills.
Here are some highlights of Western Wayne at Mountain View:
Right now, Blue Ridge is undefeated and in first place. That sets the stage for my next volleyball match I will attend. On Tuesday night, Blue Ridge (8-0) will visit Mountain View (8-1). I hope they save my seat at Mountain View.
Last week, Blue Ridge only had one match in the league and defeated Susquehanna, 3-0. This season, the Raiders have been dominant. The only team which took them to the brink was. … You guessed it: Mountain View. That was a 3-2 match on April 6.
Blue Ridge leaders
68 points, 228 assists
Around the Lackawanna League
While Blue Ridge and Mountain View are on a collision course, both teams have to keep an eye on Abington Heights. The Comets, who are the defending champions, have two losses — Blue Ridge, 3-1 and Mountain View, 3-1. Last week, Abington Heights defeated Forest City and Susquehanna.
- George Kronick: Had 25 kills and 13 digs in two wins last week
- Evan Florey: Had 12 kills against Susquehanna
- Peter Heckman: Had 12 kills in two matches.
Under the Radar
Susquehanna is a team that is still searching for its first win. But sophomore Bryce Baldwin had a big week with 15 kills, 22 digs and 31 points for the Sabers. This season, Baldwin has 43 kills with 77 digs and 23 aces. Teammate Jarrett Dinniny, also a sophomore, has 44 kills, 24 digs and 18 aces.
AROUND THE WVC
It was a huge week in the Wyoming Valley Conference. Delaware Valley had its first real challenge of the season when it went head-to-head with North Pocono.
Tyler Smith had a huge match with 23 kills and seven points. Liam Naturale had 33 assists and 12 points for the top-ranked Warriors, who remained undefeated in the conference.
On Friday, Delaware Valley defeated Wyoming Valley West, 3-1, Smith had 20 kills, six points and eight digs and Naturale had 40 assists and 11 points.
Delaware Valley Leaders
54 points, 150 assists
57 kills, 33 aces
By taking Delaware Valley to the brink, North Pocono certainly solidified itself in the WVC. The Trojans split their two matches last week and defeated Hanover Area, 3-0, to move to have a 6-4 record overall.
- James Ildefonso: Had 19 kills and eight blocks last week.
- Justin Morman: Had 23 points in two matches last week.
- Vince Wojner: Had 14 points last week.
North Pocono is one of the top teams in the WVC and District 2. The Trojans have two important matches at Wyoming Valley West and at home against Nanticoke.
District 2 Standings
Delaware Valley remains the solid No. 1 team. North Pocono’s effort certainly gives reason to evaluate that team more by its competition level rather than its record. Blue Ridge has been impressive and by playing Mountain View this week, that will play itself out.
1. Delaware Valley (8-0)
- Came through with wins over North Pocono and Wyoming Valley West.
2. Blue Ridge (8-0)
- Headed for showdown with Mountain View this week.
3. North Pocono (6-4)
- Really gains a lot of respect after taking Delaware Valley to five games.
4. Mountain View (8-1)
- Beat Western Wayne and Elk Lake last week.
5. Abington Heights (6-2)
- Posted two wins last week and are staying within range of the Lackawanna Leaders.
Wyoming Valley Conference
North Pocono at Wyoming Valley West
Blue Ridge at Mountain View
Forest City at Susquehanna
Western Wayne at Abington Heights
Wyoming Valley Conference
Nanticoke at North Pocono
Western Wayne at Blue Ridge
Abington Heights at Elk Lake
Susquehanna at Mountain View
Wyoming Valley Conference
Delaware Valley at Berwick
That is all for today.
I’ll have a post — Let’s shoot for Friday next week, but I have to admit, Jordan Relays is Thursday night and I may be tired the next day. But, Saturday for sure.
Have a great week.