Good Wednesday to you all!
I know, I said the next post ON THE BLOG was scheduled for Friday, however, technically, the regular season came to an end Tuesday in the Lackawanna League and for No. 1 Delaware Valley, and what would a final play date be without any chaos.
To quote my favorite movie character of all time, The Joker. … “I am an agent of chaos.”
All eyes were on a potential third match between Blue Ridge and Dunmore that would determine the Lackawanna League champion after that epic match last week, but Abington Heights had something to say about that.
The Lady Comets said, “Hey, wait a minute! Don’t forget about us.”
It comes as no surprise to me at all. Abington Heights impacted the top of the league standings last season when Blue Ridge and Dunmore split their two matches, it beat Dunmore in five sets. This time, the Lady Comets defeated Blue Ridge, 3-0, on Tuesday.
Abington Heights 3, Blue Ridge 0
Emma Baker had 19 kills and 26 points to lead Abington Heights. Jasmine McDuffie had 21 assists and Paris Koehler had 14 digs and six points.
Blue Ridge (16-2) 19 14 11
Abington Heights (15-3) 25 25 25
JV: BR, 2-0.
Dunmore 3, Elk Lake 0
Marlena Pegula had 13 points and seven aces and Brooke Frable had five kills, 14 points and eight aces for the Lady Bucks.
Rita Aronica had 11 kills for the winners, Sam Domzalski had 16 assists and Maria Borgia had 15 points and six aces.
Abby Johns had seven kills for Elk Lake and Bri Deater had three assists.
Elk Lake (1-16) 4 12 11
Dunmore (16-1) 25 25 25
JV: DUN, 2-0.
What did it all mean?
Well, Blue Ridge at 16-2 must cross its collective fingers. Dunmore (16-1) has a makeup match at Western Wayne on Thursday, meaning it controls its destiny.
- If Dunmore wins: The Lady Bucks win they will be the Lackawanna League champions.
- If Western Wayne wins: Dunmore and Blue Ridge would finished tied at 16-2 and would need a playoff match on Nov. 4 at a site and time to be determined.
Delaware Valley finished its regular season with a win over Coughlin, 3-0. Brooke Williams had 10 kills, 11 points and six aces and Kristin Volavka had 27 points and 14 aces to lead the Lady Warriors. That put their record at 16-1 this season and clinched them the No. 1 seed for the District 2-11 Class 4A tournament that starts Thursday.
There are doubleheaders set at various locations. Bethlehem Freedom will play Pocono Mountain East in the first match at Delaware Valley. The winner will play Delaware Valley.
District 2-11 Class 4A Subregional
Abington Heights (15-3) helped itself despite not having a shot at the Lackawanna League championship. The Lady Comets will be the No. 1 seed for the District 2-4 Class 3A tournament.
Western Wayne (11-6) has also qualified for the Class 3A tournament as a wild-card team.
Nanticoke (13-3), which has a match remaining against Dallas (12-4). It is an important WVC match that will determine the No. 2 seed. Tunkhannock (10-6) has also secured the third guaranteed spot to the Wyoming Valley Conference. It also appears that Shamokin will have its required record of at least .500 to reach the subregional tournament.
The Class 3A playoffs are scheduled to begin with first-round matches Monday. The semifinals, which Abington Heights will be a part of thanks to earning a bye, are set for Tuesday and the doubleheader will be at Abington Heights Elementary School.
NOTE: The Class 3A final is set for Nov. 2 at Wilkes University and is scheduled to start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Class 2A final. The Class 3A winner will begin the PIAA playoffs on Nov. 7 against the runner-up from District 3.
Barring a remarkable upset in the Wyoming Valley Conference, Holy Redeemer (15-0) should be the No. 1 seed. The Royals are undefeated with Tunkhannock and another against Coughlin. Remember, Holy Redeemer has only one loss to a WVC opponent in its history.
So, it’s looking like Holy Redeemer will be the No. 1 seed and Dunmore, even if it wins the Lackawanna League, will be the No. 2 seed. They will both receive byes.
It also appears Lake-Lehman (6-10) will play Forest City (10-8) and Lackawanna Trail (6-12) will play Meyers (11-6) in a first-round doubleheader at Meyers on Monday.
NOTE: The Class 2A final is set for Nov. 2 at Wilkes University and is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. The Class 2A winner will begin the PIAA playoffs on Nov. 7 against the No. 1 seed from District 4.
Blue Ridge’s standing in the playoff race did not change at all despite its loss. The Lady Raiders (16-2) are the easy No. 1 seed for the District 2 tournament.
A doubleheader is scheduled for the semifinals at Blue Ridge on Saturday at 10 a.m. MMI Prep, which has a solid record in the competitive WVC will play Susquehanna in one semifinal, while Mountain View will play Blue Ridge in the other that will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first match.
NOTE: The championship match will be held at North Pocono High School and will begin at 7 p.m. The winner will begin the PIAA playoffs on Tuesday, November 7 against the District 3 champion.
That is all for today.
We will have our FINAL Top 5 Ranking after the regular season is completed.
Once the playoffs are finalized and the brackets set, there will be another post ON THE BLOG!