We were back on the girls volleyball beat Thursday night taking in the Match of the Week — Dunmore at Blue Ridge.

And while it’s hard for let’s say a group of guys sharing a coffee and bagel at Dunkin’ Donuts to gauge the level of intensity brought to a rivalry in a sport other than football, this one brewing in girls volleyball is worth citing.

Look, for the better part of the last decade or so and see that Dunmore is the premier program and Blue Ridge is trying to knock it off each and every season.

 

Year

Lackawanna League Champion

2007

Blue Ridge Lady Raiders

2008

Dunmore Lady Bucks

2009

Dunmore Lady Bucks

2010

Dunmore Lady Bucks

2011

Dunmore Lady Bucks*

Susquehanna Lady Sabers*

2012

Dunmore Lady Bucks

2013

Dunmore Lady Bucks

2014

Dunmore Lady Bucks

2015

Dunmore Lady Bucks

2016

Blue Ridge Lady Raiders

2017

Dunmore Lady Bucks

 

NOTE: In 2011 there were two divisions in the Lackawanna League

 

Dunmore at Blue Ridge I

September 20, 2018

 

 

Dunmore’s Antoinette Cantarella.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Any good rivalry has a rowdy student section, tight games, long rallies, and exciting play. And last night was no exception. The match went 4 sets. The first and the second were highly competitive.

 

Blue Ridge’s Mackenzie Cook.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

Set 1

 

  • Blue Ridge jumped out to a 6-2 lead as Mackenzie Cook rattled off 5 straight points.
  • Dunmore got to 9-8 after Antoinette Cantarella had three aces in a string of four points.
  • The teams traded the lead back and fourth five times.
  • Blue Ridge built another big advantage, 21-15, after a kill from Hunter Heeman.
  • Dunmore pulled back to 22-22 with a 4-point run by Brooke Frable.
  • Jordyn Marichak finished the set with an ace as Dunmore took it 26-24.

 

Set 3

 

  • Dunmore’s Lydia Meade got her team going with a pair of aces as the Lady Bucks built a 4-1 lead.
  • Blue Ridge fought back on a 4-point run by Mackenzie Cook and led 5-4.
  • Dunmore had a 12-9 lead off an ace by Antoinette Cantarella.
  • The teams were tied at 12-12, 13-13, 14-14, 15-15 and 16-16 over the next run.
  • At 20-20, the game grew tense and there were several unforced errors by both teams. They were tied at 21-21, 24-24 and 25-25 before Jordyn Marichak finished another close set with an ace, 27-25.

 

 

Dunmore celebrates a 3-1 win over Blue Ridge.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

Dunmore 3, Blue Ridge 1

 

Dunmore

26

15

27

25

Blue Ridge

24

25

25

15

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 

FALLOUT

 

Dunmore’s win gave it an 8-0 record with one match to go in the first half of the schedule. Blue Ridge is second at 6-2, so if it hopes to give the Lady Bucks a serious challenge for the league title, it will need to at least erase a two-match deficit.

 

Lackawanna League Standings

 

 

As you can also see, Susquehanna and Western Wayne are also in the hunt.

Tonight

  • Elk Lake is at Susquehanna, 6 p.m.

 

Saturday

  • Mountain View is at Western Wayne, 11 a.m.

 

 

NOTE: Western Wayne lost to Dunmore, 3-2, and Blue Ridge, 3-2, in the first half and defeated Susquehanna, 3-0.

 

 

 

 

Western Wayne’s Trina Barcarola.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

Western Wayne 3, Susquehanna 0

 

Western Wayne won three close sets to sweep Susquehanna, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22, in Lackawanna League girls volleyball Wednesday.
Rebecca Klemovitch led the way with eight kills and two blocks, and Trina Barcarola put down six kills.
Sydney Krompasky had a solid all-around game and 11 service points, and Grace Hollister made eight digs and had six points.
McKenzie Rhone had four kills, four blocks and 10 points to lead Susquehanna. Bethany Maby had six assists and Kaylee Landry had six digs and 13 points.

 

 

 

 

Susquehanna

18

22

22

Western Wayne

25

25

25

 

 

Western Wayne’s Grace Hollister.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

 


 

 

WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE

 

 

There were some shakeups in the WVC this week. Delaware Valley, which entered the season as a program that could challenge for conference honors, but is rebuilding.

The Lady Warriors suffered their first two losses of the season, falling to Tunkhannock, 3-2, and Pittston Area, 3-2.

North Pocono, which is 4-2, lost to perennial WVC champion Holy Redeemer, 3-0, and has a match tonight against Nanticoke (5-1).

 


 

 

TIMES-TRIBUNE TOP 5

 

With Delaware Valley’s two losses and Dunmore’s dominance in the Lackawanna League, there is a new No. 1 team. The Lady Bucks have claimed the top spot in the second poll of the season.

 

 

WEEK 2

1

Dunmore Lady Bucks

8—0

2

Delaware Valley Lady Warriors

3—2

3

North Pocono Lady Trojans

4—2

4

Blue Ridge Lady Raiders

6—2

5

Western Wayne Lady ‘Cats

5—2