Abington Heights Lady Comets

Abington Heights Lady Comets

Well, hello there volleyball fans!

You did it again last week. More clicks on the Blog Post than my others, including football. I really do appreciate the support. I know I haven’t been the best beat writer this season and I do apologize. It’s very tough to balance high school football and now that tennis is into the postseason things have gotten busy. But I promise, I will stay committed to this for now and I may even — no promises — though take in a VERY important match that is forthcoming. More on that later.

So, we have had a busy week since last I posted. That is going to be the case with volleyball, because the sport is played indoors and the matches are tightly bunched within the calendar.

thumb_abingtonheightsI did want to point out though, a big win for Abington Heights. Thanks to Abington Heights AD Randy Hanyon, who texted me Saturday afternoon to let me know the Lady Comets defeated Dunmore, 3-2, in a classic. I had a feeling Abington Heights wanted to be a factor in this Lackawanna League division race and with that win certainly have thrown their collective hat into the ring. Now, they are going to need some help along the way, but they do have a match against Blue Ridge head-to-head to finish the regular season on Oct. 18, so that should be interesting.

From there, however, the top teams in the Lackawanna League are really starting to show their strength.

  • Blue Ridge: Has won three straight matches by 3-0.
  • Dunmore: Rebounded with two 3-0 wins after loss to Abington Heights.
  • Abington Heights: Also has two 3-0 wins after win over Dunmore.

In the Wyoming Valley Conference, Delaware Valley is putting teams away convincingly, as well. Since the last post, the Lady Warriors have won a pair of matches 3-0 and have given up an average of 8.5 games per set. That is impressive.

So, the leaders in both leagues are undefeated. Blue Ridge is in first in the Lackawanna League, while Delaware Valley is in front of the Wyoming Valley Conference chase. Remember, there is an additional classification too this season in the PIAA for the postseason.

Here is where everybody stands in the District 2 races courtesy of piaad2.org:

As of Oct. 6, 2016

As of Oct. 6, 2016

Here is how many teams qualify in each class:

  • Class 4A: Teams will participate and qualify into a subregional with District 11. Teams must have a .500 record to qualify and any or all of the District 2 teams could qualify.
  • Class 3A: Six teams qualify. Three (3) from the WVC automatically make it, while one (1) automatically qualifies from the Lackawanna League. One team will be Shamokin, a representative from District 4, if it has a record of at least .500. If Shamokin does not have a .500 record the WVC will receive an additional automatic qualifier. The wild card team will have the next highest winning percentage regardless of league affiliation. Top two seeds receive byes.
  • Class 2A: Six teams qualify. Two (2) automatically qualify from the WVC and two (2) from the Lackawanna League. There will be two (2) wild card teams.
  • Class 1A: All four teams have qualified for the tournament.

As you can see, Western Wayne in Class 3A has some critical games ahead. It is looking like Shamokin is 6-3 as best I can find. Abington Heights is leading that chase for the lone Lackawanna League rep in that class.

In Class 4A, Delaware Valley and Wyoming Valley West are among the Top 8 in the subrregional. Delaware Valley actually leads overall with a power rating of .821055. The Lady Warriors are followed closely by Parkland (12-0, .811787) and Liberty (12-0, .788823). Just a reminder, Liberty is No. 1 in the state, Parkland is No. 3 and Emmaus (10-4, .730537) is No. 7 according to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.

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Blue Ridges Megan Houlihan

Blue Ridges Megan Houlihan

 

TOP 5

1. Delaware Valley (10-0). Next: Tonight vs. Dallas.

2. Blue Ridge (12-0). Next: Tonight vs. Forest City.

3. Abington Heights (10-3). Next: Tonight at Western Wayne.

4. Dunmore (11-2). Next: Tonight at Mountain View.

5. Western Wayne (7-5). Next: Tonight vs. Abington Heights.

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Delaware Valley senior Tara Sayles.

Delaware Valley senior Tara Sayles.

 

STANDINGS

LACKAWANNA LEAGUE

W

L

Blue Ridge

12

0

Dunmore

11

2

Abington Heights

10

3

Forest City

8

4

Western Wayne

7

5

Montrose

4

9

Elk Lake

4

9

Mountain View

3

9

Lackawanna Trail

2

11

Susquehanna

2

11

WYOMING VALLEY CONFERENCE

W

L

Delaware Valley

10

0

Holy Redeemer

10

1

Crestwood

7

1

Nanticoke

8

2

Berwick

8

3

Wyoming Valley West

7

3

Hanover Area

6

4

Pittston Area

6

5

Hazleton Area

5

5

Lake-Lehman

4

4

North Pocono

5

6

MMI Prep

4

6

Meyers

3

7

Dallas

3

8

Tunkhannock

3

8

Wyoming Area

2

8

GAR

1

10

Coughlin

0

11

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SCHEDULE

TONIGHT
Wyoming Valley Conference
Dallas at Delaware Valley

Lackawanna League
Abington Heights at Western Wayne
Dunmore at Mountain View
Forest City at Blue Ridge
Lackawanna Trail at Montrose

FRIDAY

Lackawanna League

Elk Lake at Susquehanna

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10

Lackawanna League
Forest City at Elk Lake
Susquehanna at Dunmore
Mountain View at Abington Heights
Western Wayne at Montrose

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11
Wyoming Valley Conference
Wyoming Area at North Pocono

Lackawanna League

Blue Ridge at Lackawanna Trail — NOTE: This is a schedule change

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12
Lackawanna League
Lackawanna Trail at Western Wayne
Montrose at Mountain View
Abington Heights at Susquehanna
Dunmore at Forest City
Elk Lake at Blue Ridge
Wyoming Valley Conference
GAR at Delaware Valley
North Pocono at Lake-Lehman

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HONOR ROLL

Williams

Williams

Brooke Williams

Delaware Valley

Had six kills in a win over Wyoming Area and had 10 kills and five points in a win over Lake-Lehman last week.

 

 

 

 

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Hartman

Hartman

Abby Hartman

Blue Ridge

Had nine aces, five kills and 12 points against Mountain View and had seven kills and seven points vs. Susquehanna.

 

 

 

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Pegula

Pegula

Marlena Pegula

Dunmore

Had six kills and 14 points in a win over Western Wayne and had eight kills and seven points against Abington Heights, while adding four kills in a win over Elk Lake.

 

 

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Crowley

Crowley

Emily Crowley

Abington Heights

Had 19 assists and seven points against Montrose and had 21 assists and seven points against Lackawanna Trail.

 

 

 

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Booths

Booths

Laura Booths

Western Wayne

Had 36 points and nine aces in a win over Elk Lake. Also had nine points, six aces and five kills in a win over Susquehanna.

 

 

 

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Kramer

Kramer

Heather Kramer

North Pocono

Had seven aces, 18 points, 15 digs and eight assists in a win over Pittston Area and had 18 points, six digs and 11 assists against Nanticoke.

 

 

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Brostoski

Brostoski

Keryne Brostoski

Elk Lake

Had 17 kills and nine assists in a win over Mountain View and had eight points against Western Wayne. Also had three kills and three blocks against Dunmore.

 

 

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Burlingame

Burlingame

Brittany Burlingame

Susquehanna

Had six aces, five kills and seven digs against Forest City and had seven kills against Blue Ridge, while also contributing five kills and five assists against Western Wayne.

 

 

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Bonham

Bonham

Caitlyn Bonham

Forest City

Had 16 points, 31 assists against Susquehanna and 19 points, nine digs against Lackawanna Trail.

 

 

 

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Schmidt

Schmidt

Lauren Schmidt

Mountain View

Had 13 kills and 12 digs against Elk Lake and had eight digs against Blue Ridge. Added seven kills, eight blocks and 18 points in a win over Lackawanna Trail.

 

 

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Peoples

Peoples

Madisyn Peoples

Lackawanna Trail

Had 11 kills, nine digs and five aces against Forest City. Also had 16 kills against Mountain View.

 

 

 

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Kelley

Kelley

Elizabeth Kelley

Montrose

Had 14 digs against Abington Heights and had 16 digs against Dunmore. Also had 20 digs in a win over Forest City.

 

 

 

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That’s all for today.

Again, I hope you are all enjoying this new feature on the high school sports blog. I will be back next Thursday if time allows.

Thanks.

And as always. … ENJOY!