Good day volleyball fans, hope you have all had a good week.
It’s Friday, and by this time you have all probably guessed this will be anchored in as my volleyball blog post. It just made sense to move the day because Thursdays appear to be an active day in the schedule for teams in both the Lackawanna League and the Wyoming Valley Conference.
So, here we are.
As you all know, because last week’s post was the fifth-most popular post in the history of the High School Sports Blog, this was a big week for the Lackawanna League. It began with the final matches of the first half and the start of the second half.
We start by recapping the much anticipated showdown between Dunmore and defending champion Blue Ridge in what at the time was a battle of undefeated teams.
The atmosphere was as expected. There was a big representation of students from Dunmore and Blue Ridge.
Dunmore came out fast and furious, but Blue Ridge was up to the challenge. Listen, if you ever get a chance to attend one of these matches you will understand the intensity the two teams play with on each point. There were long stretches of live ball action. There were a series of solid overhand serves. And some outstanding execution. The Lady Bucks prevailed in the first set, 25-19, of what looked like early to be a very back and forth match.
Take a look:
In the second set, Dunmore and Blue Ridge went at each other. There were several ties, but each time, it seemed Dunmore would steal back the momentum, quickly. In addition, Shannon Czekaj always seemed to dig out any aggressive kill that Blue Ridge tried to land. Eventually, the Lady Bucks earned a 25-20 win and put themselves in command.
Take another look:
Then, in the third set, Dunmore played knowing a win would seal the overall victory. They had a renewed sense of urgency and their play at the net intensified. After staving off several attacks by the Lady Raiders, Dunmore secured the win, 25-21. The Lady Bucks celebrated and left their home court as the only remaining undefeated team in the Lackawanna League.
Take one final look:
BY THE NUMBERS
Dunmore Lady Bucks
7 kills; 13 assists
13 points; 6 aces
Blue Ridge Lady Raiders
|Blue Ridge (7-1)||
Dunmore at Blue Ridge
October 19, 6 p.m.
END OF FIRST HALF
One day after the big showdown with Blue Ridge and Dunmore, the first half of the Lackawanna League season ended.
- Dunmore defeated Elk Lake, 3-0, to finish the half with a 9-0 record.
- Blue Ridge bounced back with a 3-2 win over Abington Heights.
- Blue Ridge ended half with 8-1 mark.
- Abington Heights finished the half 7-2.
- Western Wayne defeated Susquehanna, 3-0.
- Forest City beat Montrose, 3-0.
- Lackawanna Trail beat Mountain View, 3-2.
Start of second half
Dunmore, Blue Ridge and Abington Heights all opened the second half with 3-0 wins. That does set up an intriguing match coming up Monday when Dunmore visits Abington Heights. The last time the two teams played it was a classic that Dunmore won 3-2. Those are the only two sets Dunmore has lost this season.
Also Monday, Blue Ridge will be at Western Wayne. This too has the potential to be a close match. And Susquehanna will be at Lackawanna Trail, which won three of its last four matches in the league.
2017 Lackawana League Standings
Through Sept. 28
WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE
OK, it’s clear that Holy Redeemer and Delaware Valley are the established powers in the conference. The Lady Warriors (7-1) had a big week of action, winning an important match against Wyoming Valley West (7-2), 3-0, on Tuesday night. Both Delaware Valley and WVW are competing for spots in the District 2-11 Class 4A Subregional Tournament.
Brooke Williams had 14 kills and five points to lead Delaware Valley against WVW.
Liz Bobo had six kills and nine points for the winners and Kristin Volavka had 25 assists and six points.
Then, against Wyoming Area, Delaware Valley won, 3-0. Brooke Williams had 14 kills and Kristin Volavka had 23 assists and 18 points.
That keeps Delaware Valley one match behind Holy Redeemer in the WVC standings. And again, that one-match difference is a head-to-head loss to the Royals.
Delaware Valley should receive another challenge when it plays at Dallas (7-2) on Thursday.
North Pocono faced tough stretch
North Pocono went 0-2 last week, losing to Nanticoke (7-2), 3-0, and then losing to Tunkhannock (5-4), 3-1. Megan Morman had 11 points and Maddie Hughes had six points and seven digs against Tunkhannock.
2017 Wyoming Valley Conference Standings
Through Sept. 28
Had seven kills, 12 digs, nine points in a win over Susquehanna; Had five kills, 15 digs in win over Forest City.
Had 11 assists and six aces against Montrose; Had 19 points, nine aces, eight assists against Western Wayne.
Had 13 points, seven digs against Montrose; Had five aces, five kills, 10 digs,21 points against Western Wayne; Added five aces, five kills, and 20 points against Mountain View.
Had 10 kills, three aces in a win over Elk Lake; Had seven kills against Blue Ridge.
Had 15 points, 11 aces and 10 assists in a win over Mountain View; Had nine assists against Dunmore.
OK, the top teams are really solid this season. Obviously, Dunmore jumped up a spot after its win over Blue Ridge in the big battle in the Lackawanna League. Western Wayne has returned to the poll after its big win over Forest City, 3-2, on Thursday.
JOBY’S TOP 5
1. DELAWARE VALLEY LADY WARRIORS (7-1)
Last Rank: 1
Beat Pittston Area, 3-0; Beat Wyoming Valley West, 3-0; Beat Wyoming Area, 3-0. Next: Tuesday vs. Lake-Lehman.
2. DUNMORE LADY BUCKS (10-0)
Last Rank: 3
Beat Blue Ridge, 3-0; Beat Elk Lake, 3-0; Beat Lackawanna Trail, 3-0. Next: Monday at Abington Heights.
3. BLUE RIDGE LADY RAIDERS (9-1)
Last Rank: 2
Lost to Dunmore, 3-0; Beat Abington Heights, 3-2; Beat Montrose, 3-0. Next: Monday at Western Wayne.
4. ABINGTON HEIGHTS LADY COMETS (8-2)
Last Rank: 4
Lost to Blue Ridge, 3-2; Beat Elk Lake, 3-0. Next: Monday vs. Dunmore.
5. Western Wayne Lady ‘Cats (6-4)
Last Rank: NR
Beat Susquehanna, 3-1; Beat Forest City, 3-2. Next: Monday vs. Blue Ridge.
Teams to watch: Forest City (5-5); Susquehanna (5-5).
That’s all for today.
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