Good Friday to everyone!

I must apologize for the lateness of this post ON THE BLOG! What happened was, Lakeland, where my daughters attend classes, began the 2017-18 school year Thursday and that just created havoc with the day for me. Then, I looked at the volleyball schedule and saw that Thursday night was a busy night of action in both leagues. Included in that list of matches was Holy Redeemer at Delaware Valley. So, I made the hard decision to hold off on putting together a post, then having to tear it all apart today.

And am I glad I procrastinated.

I had to monitor the Holy Redeemer-Delaware Valley match via Twitter. These pesky union rules don’t always allow me to be on sight for everything, even if I want to be. That being said, by the accounts from the match, it was an absolute classic, and now I am sorry I missed it in person.

The big rematch from last year’s Match of the Year where Delaware Valley ended Holy Redeemer’s 186-match winning streak against District 2 opponents lived up to and exceeded expectations. Last year’s showdown ended with a 3-1 win for Delaware Valley and it went on to capture the Wyoming Valley Conference championship and the District 2 Class 4A crown.

This year’s battle went the distance. Holy Redeemer jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first two sets. Delaware Valley responded with two straight wins to setup what I like to call “The Race to 15.” The fifth set in volleyball is always the most exciting and tense. Every point is critical, and if you can manage to go on a run, a team can put away the match in the blink of an eye. Holy Redeemer pulled away in the deciding set, 15-7, to return the favor and snap the Lady Warriors’ 24-match winning streak in the WVC.

Holy Redeemer 3, Delaware Valley 2

 

Volavka

Brooke Williams had 16 kills and five points for the Lady Warriors, Hannah Lee had 18 digs and 11 points and Kristin Volavka had 28 assists and 11 points.

 

 

 

 

  Holy Redeemer (5-0)

25

25

23

22

15

  Delaware Valley

(2-1)

16

20

25

25

7

 

 

CLASH OF THE TITANS

 

So, what does all this mean? Well, Holy Redeemer is in the driver’s seat to win the WVC. The winner of this match has done so every year since Holy Redeemer has been a member of the conference. Look at how much the two power programs have controlled the top of the conference.

 

Year

Holy Redeemer

Delaware Valley

2017

5–0

2–1

2016

16-1

17-0

2015

17-0

16-1

2014

17-0

16-1

2013

17-0

16-1

2012

17-0

16-1

2011

15-0

13-1

2010

16-0

14-2

2009

18-0

17-2

2008

18-0

17-1

2007

18-0

15-3

 

 

Quotable

 

“Our match (Thursday night) with Redeemer was one of the best matches I have been part of. Although we fell short of the win, the girls never gave up and fought hard with aggressive serves and hustling to get every ball. (It was) The first time we have had a five-game match in our league since I have been coaching. This match will get us ready for the tournament play this weekend as we travel to Parkland.”

 

— Bridget Crawford

Delaware Valley Coach

 

 

2017 WYOMING VALLEY STANDINGS

Through Sept. 15

Courtesy piaad2.org

 

Parkland Tournament

 

As Delaware Valley coach Bridget Crawford stated, the Lady Warriors are ready for the Parkland Tournament this weekend. It will feature several teams the Lady Warriors will contend with when it comes time for the District 2-11 Class 4A Subregional Tournament. Parkland is the No. 2 team in the state in Class 4A according to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches’ Association.

 

Here are the District 2-11 standings

 

 


 

 

LACKAWANNA LEAGUE

 

 

It was a full schedule in the Lackawanna League as well on Thursday night. Blue Ridge and Dunmore posted straight-sets wins to remain undefeated. The clock is ticking down to September 25. That’s when Round 1 takes place at Dunmore High School. That is going to be a really good match.

 

BLUE RIDGE LEADERS
     

Abby Hartman

Miranda Woosman

Jerni Schell

51 kills, 35 digs

62 points, 100 assists

34 digs

 

DUNMORE LEADERS

Abington Heights’ Emma Baker (11) spikes the ball over Dunmore’s Rita Aronica (20) and Brooke Frable.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

Antoinette Cantarella

Brooke

Frable

Shannon

Czekaj

22 kills, 20 points

27 points

23 digs

 

 

2017 LACKAWANNA LEAGUE STANDINGS

Through Sept. 15

 

 


 

 

HONOR ROLL

 

 

Pavlovich

JeAnna Pavlovich
Western Wayne

Had 19 assists, 16 service points and 11 aces in a win over Elk Lake and had eight assists and six digs in a loss to Dunmore.

 

 

 

Frye

Emily Frye
Susquehanna

Had eight aces, 10 assists and eight points in a win over Elk Lake and had 17 assists and five digs in a loss to Forest City.

 

 

 

DeRiso

Ashley DeRiso
Abington Heights

Had seven aces, 14 points and 10 digs in a win over Montrose.

 

 

 

 

Zazzera

Amelia Zazzera
Forest City

Had 12 points and six kills in a win over Lackawanna Trail and had 34 assists in a win over Lackawanna Trail.

 

 

 


 

 

Forest City’s Kary Gillette hits the ball back to Lackawanna Trail during the first game at Lackawanna Trail. Forest City is a Team to Watch this week.
Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

RANKINGS

 

 

So, normally when the No. 1 team in a ranking loses there is a possibility that team falls from the top spot. In my heart, I can’t do that. I know you will all understand. A loss to Holy Redeemer is nothing to be ashamed of, and not worthy of losing that position in the poll. Unless Delaware Valley were to play and/or loss to a ranked team in my poll, I am sticking with the Lady Warriors who have proven to be more than worthy adversaries to the dynasty of Holy Redeemer.

 

JOBY’S TOP 5
1. DELAWARE VALLEY LADY WARRIORS (2-1)

Last Rank: 1

Beat Hanover Area, 3-0; Lost to Holy Redeemer, 3-2. Next: Tuesday at Nanticoke.

 

2. BLUE RIDGE LADY RAIDERS (5-0)

Last Rank: 2

Beat Mountain View, 3-0; Beat Susquehanna, 3-1; Beat Forest City, 3-0. Next: Monday at Lackawanna Trail.

 

3. DUNMORE LADY BUCKS (5-0)

Last Rank: 3

Beat Montrose, 3-0; Beat Western Wayne, 3-0; Beat Mountain View, 3-0. Next: Monday vs. Susquehanna.

 

 

4. ABINGTON HEIGHTS LADY COMETS (3-1)

Last Rank: 4

Beat Lackawanna Trail, 3-0; Beat Montrose, 3-0. Next: Monday vs. Mountain View.

 

5. WESTERN WAYNE LADY CATS (2-2)

Last Rank: 5

Beat Elk Lake, 3-0; Lost to Dunmore, 3-0. Next: Monday at Montrose.

 

Teams to watch: Forest City, 3-2, Susquehanna, 2-2.

 

 


 

That is all for today.

I am going to shoot for THURSDAY for the next post, but if not it will be FRIDAY.

ENJOY!