OK volleyball fans, we are back.

It took a little longer than last year to get ourselves back into the swing of things because of conflicting schedules, but this is the first of what we are aiming to be weekly posts after the Thursday matches in the Lackawanna League and Wyoming Valley Conferences.

On Thursday, Dunmore faced Abington Heights in a matchup of programs that received consideration for the Lackawanna League championship in the preseason.

Dunmore is a seasoned team and it showed. Abington Heights is a team that lost more than coaches thought through graduation from its playoff team from 2017.

Still, this one had very high intensity, especially in the first two sets.

Dunmore came from behind to win the first, 25-22. Then, they Lady Bucks overcame a deficit of 21-19 to take the second set, 27-25.

 

Dunmore’s Jaclyn Marichak sets up the ball against Abingotn Heights at Dunmore on Thursday. Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

By the third, Dunmore had all of the momentum and really brought its A game on serves.

  • Madison Cruser strung together an eight-point run where Katherine Hopkins had two kills to make it 10-2.
  • Antoinette Cantarella had seven-point run that featured five aces for an 18-3 lead.

Dunmore won the set, 25-6, and the match, 3-0, to remain undefeated and the favorite in the division.

 

 

Dunmore’s Antoinette Cantarella hits the ball during the first match against Abington Heights at Dunmore on Thursday. Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

 


LACKAWANNA LEAGUE

 

 

Dunmore looks very strong in the early season, but does have some teams that have shown the ability to challenge moving foward.

 

Blue Ridge (4-1)
  • Rebounded from a loss to Forest City in the second play date of the season.
  • Sophomore Hunter Heeman is leading the Lady Raiders with 28 kills after slamming 12 in a win over Susquehanna.
  • Blue Ridge hosts Western Wayne on Monday in a very important first-half match

 

 

HUNTER HEEMAN

MAKENZIE COOK

JERNI SCHELL

28 kills

48 points

72 Digs

 

 


 

 

Western Wayne (4-1)
  • The Lady ‘Cats received some consideration as a team that could contend
  • Western Wayne took Dunmore to 5 sets in the Lackawanna League opener
  • Rebecca Klemovitch is leading the way with 69 kills in league play

 

 

REBECCA KLEMOVITCH

SYDNEY KROMPASKY

GIANNA DeBASTIANI

69 kills

100 points

16 Digs

 

 

 


 

 

Susquehanna (4-1)
  • Rhone

    The Lady Sabers won their first four matches, which included a 3-0 win over Forest City

  • McKenzie Rhone had 12 kills against Abington Heights and 6 kills against Forest City
  • Bethany Maby had 25 assists in a win over Abington Heights and 10 assists against Forest City
  • Chloe Tinklepaugh had 9 aces against Abington Heights and 5 aces against Forest City

 

 

 


 

 

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

 

Coles

 

Jordan Coles, Forest City

 

  • Forest City 3, Lackawanna Trail 2: Had 10 kills
  • Forest City 3, Blue Ridge 2: Had 10 kills
  • Susquehanna 3, Forest City 0: Had 5 kills
  • Western Wayne 3, Forest City 1: Had 6 kills
  • Forest City 3, Elk Lake 0: Had 2 kills ad 6 digs

 

 

 


 

 

 

WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE

 

Delaware Valley is considered a team that could contend for the conference championship. The Lady Warriors are off to a fast start with 3-0 sweeps of Hazleton Area and Hanover Area.

 

  • Emily Anderson: A 6-foot-2 middle hitter who had 36 kills as a junior is leading the team
  • Evie Kelly: Led the team with 14 points and 4 aces in a win over Hazleton Area

 

North Pocono has won four of its first five matches with its loss coming against Hazleton Area, 3-0. The Lady Trojans have a win over Coughlin, 3-0. Coughlin has a 2-0 win over Western Wayne in a nonconference match this season.

  • Alahnna Balbach had six aces and five digs in a win over Crestwood
  • Ava Craig had 11 aces and six kills in a win over Coughlin and seven kills and nine digs in a win over Crestwood.
  • Madison Opalka had 26 assists and five aces in a win over Meyers

 

 

 


 

 

TIMES-TRIBUNE TOP 5

 

This is the first poll of the season. In 2017, Delaware Valley finished at No. 1 for the second straight season ON THE BLOG. That, and its very difficult WVC schedule, earns it the same position to start the season. Dunmore, which is the dominant team in the Lackawanna League is No. 2. Next week, North Pocono, the No. 3 team will host WVC-power Holy Redeemer next week.

 

WEEK 1

1

Delaware Valley Lady Warriors

2—0

2

Dunmore Lady Bucks

5—0

3

North Pocono Lady Trojans

4—1

4

Blue Ridge Lady Raiders

4—1

5

Western Wayne Lady ‘Cats

4—1