Good afternoon/evening everyone!

I hope you are all doing well.

My schedule on piaad2.org indicates that teams will be in action tonight, but the marquee match of the year has been pushed to MONDAY, so mark your calendars.

First, Dunmore and Blue Ridge posted two wins this week each by 3-0 scores. Blue Ridge beat Lackawanna Trail and Elk Lake, while Dunmore stopped Susquehanna and Forest City. That gets us to the first of two battles between the preseason favorites.

 

Dunmore’s Shannon Czekaj, center, leads the celebration with her teammates after winning a point against Blue Ridge last season.
Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer

 

Blue Ridge vs. Dunmore I

Dunmore High School

September 25, 6 p.m.

 

 

TALE OF THE TAPE

 

 

Blue Ridge

7 – 0

Dunmore

7 – 0

Montrose

W, 3-0

Lackawanna Trail

W, 3-0

Western Wayne

W, 3-1

Abington Heights

W, 3-2

Mountain View

W, 3-0

Montrose

W, 3-0

Susquehanna

W, 3-1

Western Wayne

W, 3-0

Forest City

W, 3-0

Mountain View

W, 3-0

Lackawanna Trail

W, 3-0

Susquehanna

W, 3-0

Elk Lake

W, 3-0

Forest City

W, 3-0

 

 

 

BY THE NUMBERS

 

 

 

Blue Ridge

7 – 0

Dunmore

7 – 0

Abby Hartman

64 Kills

65 points

46 digs

Antoinette Cantarella

40 kills

22 points

Alexa Stanley

24 kills

77 points

13 digs

Lydia Meade

26 kills

22 points

Hunter Heeman

19 kills

28 points

Brooke Frable

30 kills

36 points

Miranda Woosman

85 points

128 assists

Marlena Pegula

27 kills

21 points

Jerni Schell

38 digs

Samantha Domzalski

11 kills

28 points

134 assists

Makenzie Cook

16 kills

36 points

Shannon Czekaj

37 digs

 

I have to give a special thank you to Dunmore’s Marlena Pegula for helping me get the Dunmore players’ photos. I really appreciate the assistance.

 

2017 Lackawana League Standings

Through Sept. 21

 

Courtesy piaad2.org

 

 

 


 

 

WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE

 

 

Delaware Valley came off its loss to Holy Redeemer and jumped into an intense competition at the Parkland Invitational last week. The Lady Warriors battled Parkland, which is ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 4A according to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association, and lost 2-0 (25-13, 25-16). Delaware Valley also lost to Bethlehem Liberty, which is ranked No. 10 in the state, 2-0 (25-15, 25-12).

Now what does an effort like this mean for Delaware Valley. Well, a lot. Look, the Lady Warriors are probably our best all-around team. They must compete in the District 11 subregional playoffs, so playing against these power programs from District 11 gives them a good gauge as to where they must go and the competition they mus face.

Here’s a look at the playoff picture for the District 2-11 Class 4A subregional:

 

Courtesy districtxi.com

 

 

 

Back in action

 

Williams

In its first WVC match after the loss to Holy Redeemer, Delaware Valley defeated Nanicoke, 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-23) Evie Kelly had 11 points and four kills and Brooke Williams had 16 kills to lead Delaware Valley. Centa Quinn had six points and seven kills for the Lady Warriors.

Against Tunkhannock, Brooke Williams had 11 kills to lead Delaware Valley in a Wyoming Valley Conference match. Centa Quinn had 16 points for the Lady Warriors and Skylar Uglay had 10 points in a 3-0 (25-11, 25-6, 25-12) win.

 

 

North Pocono rallying

Hughes

The Lady Trojans won back-to-back matches over Crestwood, 3-1, and Hanover Area, 3-1, to get back to .500 at 3-3 in the WVC, but then had to face Holy Redeemer.

In the win over Crestwood, Maddie Hughes had 13 service points, and Kelsey Kline added nine service points and three aces. Against Hanover Area, Hughes had 15 points and 10 digs, Mikayla Haikes had 21 points and seven assists, Kline had five points and six kills and and Megan Morman had five digs.

Against Holy Redeemer, Maddie Hughes had five points and 12 digs for North Pocono in a loss to Holy Redeemer. Mikayla Haikes had seven assists for the Lady Trojans.

 

 

2017 Wyoming Valley Conference Standings

Through Sept. 21

 

 

 

 


 

 

HONOR ROLL

 

 

Cassandra Ksiazek

Abington Heights

Had 10 kills and 11 digs in a win over Susquehanna.

 

 


 

 

Bethany Maby

Susquehanna

Had 12 assists and seven points in a win over Mountain View and added 13 points in a loss to Abington Heights.

 

 


 

Rebecca Klemovitch

Western Wayne

Had six kills in a win over Montrose and had 23 kills combined in losses to Abington Heights and Lackawanna Trail.

 

 


 

 

 

Abby Hartman led Blue Ridge to a pair of wins this week.
Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

RANKINGS

 

 

OK, the top teams are really solid this season. Obviously, the first of two matches between Blue Ridge and Dunmore will shake up the poll. Delaware Valley, a Class 4A school, has depth and is about as firm a No. 1 team as we have had in a few seasons. After the Blue Ridge, Dunmore second and third, there is balance among those ranked. Abington Heights remember took Dunmore to five games. And North Pocono makes its first appearance in the poll after a good week in the WVC.

 

 

JOBY’S TOP 5
1. DELAWARE VALLEY LADY WARRIORS (4-1)

Last Rank: 1

Beat Nanticoke, 3-0, Beat Tunkhannock, 3-0. Next: Monday vs. Pittston Area.

 

 

2. BLUE RIDGE LADY RAIDERS (7-0)

Last Rank: 2

Beat Lackawanna Trail, 3-0; Beat Elk Lake, 3-0. Next: Monday at Dunmore.

 

 

3. DUNMORE LADY BUCKS (7-0)

Last Rank: 3

Beat Susquehanna, 3-0; Beat Forest City, 3-0. Next: Monday vs. Blue Ridge.

 

 

 

4. ABINGTON HEIGHTS LADY COMETS (6-1)

Last Rank: 4

Beat Western Wayne, 3-1; Beat Mountain View, 3-0; Beat Susquehanna, 3-0. Next: Friday vs. Forest City.

 

5. NORTH POCONO LADY TROJANS (3-4)

Last Rank: NR

Beat Crestwood, 3-1; Beat Hanover Area, 3-1; Lost to Holy Redeemer, 3-0. Next: Monday at Nanticoke.

 

 

 

Teams to watch: Forest City, 4-3.

 

 


 

That’s all for today.

I am going to do my best to attend the Blue Ridge at Dunmore match Monday night.

Have a great weekend.

ENJOY!