Good Friday volleyball fans!
Hope you all had a great week since last week talked. There have been two playing dates on the calendar in the Lackawanna League since the last post and we are at 12 matches in the Lackawanna League with six remaining and we have about seven matches remaining in the Wyoming Valley Conference. So, you know what that means. … It’s time to start talking playoffs.
Remember the PIAA expanded to four classifications last season. The biggest class is Class 4A and District 2 is involved in a subregional with District 11. District 2 is also involved in a subregional in Class 3A with District 4. So we have to do some investigating to go into the playoff picture and format.
Thanks to the good people at piaad2.org and District 2 volleyball chairperson Maureen Williams, we have these guidelines to follow:
NOTE: Delaware Valley’s win over Dallas from Thursday has not been recorded by District 11 yet.
Dunmore has really picked up steam in the last two weeks. After beating Blue Ridge, 3-0, back on Sept. 25, the Lady Bucks opened the second half of the Lackawanna League schedule with convincing wins over Lackawanna Trail, 3-0, and Abington Heights, 3-0. The significance of the win over Abington Heights is that in the first meeting, Dunmore won, 3-2, and in 2016 the two teams split their meetings, resulting in Blue Ridge winning the league championship after splitting with Dunmore.
So, the Lady Bucks are undefeated. Blue Ridge also opened with a couple of wins and is at 11-1. Now, Blue Ridge still has a second match with Dunmore on Oct. 19 and a second match at Abington Heights to finish the regular season on Oct. 24. Those two matches should ultimately determine the league champion.
Forest City is also going to factor into what team wins the league title. The Lady Foresters, who have won three straight are up to 8-5 in the standings. They will play home against Blue Ridge on Tuesday in a key matchup.
Western Wayne, which has a win over Forest City in the first half, is at 7-5, and still must play at Abington Heights on Tuesday, and at home against Dunmore to finish the regular season on Oct. 26.
2017 LACKAWANA LEAGUE STANDINGS
Through Oct. 5
WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE
Delaware Valley had its second test of the season when Dallas took a set in Thursday’s match. The Lady Warriors have a home match next week against North Pocono. They are the only LIAA teams that compete in the WVC for volleyball.
Brooke Williams is having quite a season. She leads Delaware Valley with 125 kills and 58 service points. Her best match came against Dallas where she had 18 kills. In two seasons, Wlliams has 254 kills and 168 serving points and 54 aces. Kristin Volvaka has 217 assists and a team-high 111 serving points. She came through with season highs for assists (29) and serving points (18) in the win over Dallas.
North Pocono split its two matches this week. The Lady Trojans defeated Pittston Area and lost to Wyoming Valley West. In the win over Pittston Area, Mikayla Haikes had 16 serving points and 14 assists, while Megan Mormon had eight kills and 14 digs. Ashley Darrow had nine kills. Against Wyoming Valley West, Darrow had seven kills and eight digs, Haikes had 12 assists and Morman had six points and five kills.
2017 WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE STANDINGS
Through Oct. 5
Had 9 kills and 14 points in a win over Abington Heights
Had 8 kills and 12 points in a win over Abington Heights; Had 11 kills in win over Montrose.
Had 10 assists in a loss to Dunmore and had 24 assists in a win over Lackawanna Trail.
Had 11 kills, 5 aces in win over Western Wayne; Had 13 kills, 5 aces and 9 points in win over Mountain View.
Had 15 kills, 10 digs in a loss to Blue Ridge; Had 5 kills, 3 points and 3 digs in win over Elk Lake.
Had 5 kills and 20 digs in win over Lackawanna Trail; Had 25 digs in loss to Forest City.
Had 5 kills, 5 aces, 13 digs, 21 points in win over Lackawanna Trail; Had 5 aces, 29 digs, 20 points in loss to Forest City.
Had 23 points, 7 aces, 8 assists in win over Mountain View; Had 26 points, 7 aces, 11 assists in win over Susquehanna.
Had 15 points, 5 kills in win over Mountain View; Had 21 points, 8 aces and 10 kills in win over Susquehanna.
Had 11 aces and 9 kills in a win over Elk Lake.
OK, not much movement this week. We will be keeping an eye on Forest City, it lost to Western Wayne head-to-head in the first meeting as those two teams are battling for the No. 5 spot in the poll.
JOBY’S TOP 5
1. DELAWARE VALLEY LADY WARRIORS (8-1)
Last Rank: 1
Beat Dallas, 3-1. Next: Tuesday at GAR; Wednesday vs. Lake-Lehman, Thursday vs. North Pocono.
2. DUNMORE LADY BUCKS (12-0)
Last Rank: 2
Beat Abington Heights, 3-0; Beat Montrose, 3-0. Next: Tuesday vs. Mountain View; Thursday at Susquehanna.
3. BLUE RIDGE LADY RAIDERS (11-1)
Last Rank: 3
Beat Western Wayne, 3-1; Beat Mountain View, 3-0. Next: Today at Susquehanna; Tuesday at Forest City; Wednesday vs. Lackawanna Trail.
4. ABINGTON HEIGHTS LADY COMETS (9-3)
Last Rank: 4
Lost to Dunmore, 3-0; Beat Lackawanna Trail, 3-0. Next: Tonight at Montrose; Tuesday vs. Western Wayne; Thursday at Mountain View.
5. WESTERN WAYNE LADY ‘CATS (7-5)
Last Rank: 5
Lost to Blue Ridge, 3-1; Beat Elk Lake, 3-0. Next: Tuesday at Abington Heights; Thursday vs. Montrose.
Teams to watch: Forest City (8-5); Susquehanna (6-6).
That is all for today.
Let’s schedule the next post ON THE BLOG for next Friday. The playoff picture will really be much clearer at that point. There is a really good match on the horizon when Western Wayne visits Abington Heights on Tuesday.
Have a great weekend!