After last week’s post, which came on one of the important dates on the Wyoming Valley Conference and Lackawanna League schedules, top teams in both rose to the challenges.

Delaware Valley hung a loss on defending WVC champion Berwick last Tuesday.

It is a huge win for the dominant Class 4A program in District 2. The Lady Warriors are led this year by first-year coach Karley May, who took over for legend Bridget Crawford. May has maintained the energy and discipline of the program that she learned as an All-Region player for Crawford, who built this dynasty.

 

DELAWARE VALLEY 3, BERWICK 2

Emily Henn had 14 kills, 15 service points, including nine aces and 12 digs to lead Delaware Valley to a 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-25, 15-9) win over Berwick on Tuesday in a battle of undefeated Wyoming Valley Conference girls volleyball teams.
The Lady Warriors ended Berwick’s 22-match conference winning streak, which dates back to a loss to Delaware Valley in 2019.
“It is a huge, huge win,” first-year Delaware Valley coach Karley May said. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game. Berwick is full of really great players, but we honestly came together so well. Everybody gave 100 percent. Everyone hustled, our hitters were really strong, our passing, our defense and our serving. We just played really well.”
Leah Weinreb had seven digs and 11 service points.
Katherine Quinn, who had 10 service points, and Jazmyne Bates had seven kills each. Olivia Conza ran the offense with 23 assists, and added six service points and 13 digs.

 

Delaware Valley has won 11 straight District 2 championships. The Lady Warriors also had a monumental win in 2016 when they ended Holy Redeemer’s 186-match winning streak in WVC play.

While this win isn’t quite the magnitude of that one, it certainly sent shockwaves through the WVC.

Berwick won the WVC last season and had gotten off to a fast start this season. But, the Lady Warriors posted the five-set win and lead the conference standings, just ahead of Holy Redeemer (8-1) and Berwick (7-1). Holy Redeemer’s loss came Monday against Berwick, 3-1.

BERWICK 3, HOLY REDEEMER 1

In a battle of two of the premier programs in the WVC, Berwick topped Holy Redeemer, 3-1, on Monday.
Cecelia Isenberg had a match high 28 kills for the Bulldogs, and Morgan Nevel had 16 digs and 31 assists. Camille Pinterich had 15 service points.
Kaylee Gryboski recorded 15 kills and 17 digs for the Royals, and Olivia Bilbow and Eva Szura each had 10 kills.

 

DELAWARE VALLEY LEADERS

KILLS POINTS DIGS
Emily Henn

98

Leah Weinreb

68

Leah Weinreb

61

Jazmyne Bates

45

Jazmyne Bates

68

Emily Henn

52

Katherine Quinn

30

Katherine Quinn

48

Ella Vogel

32

 

So, what Delaware Valley has done in the last two weeks is firmly establish itself as the No. 1 team in the ON THE BLOG rankings.

The next apparent challenge for the Lady Warriors is scheduled for Oct. 6 at home against Holy Redeemer.

 

LACKAWANNA LEAGUE

DIVISION I

While Delaware Valley upset Berwick, Dunmore flexed its muscles and defeated defending Lackawanna League champion North Pocono in a budding rivalry between the two programs.

 

DUNMORE 3, NORTH POCONO 2

Ana Pacewicz had 35 assists and seven points and Jaclyn Marichak had 11 kills and 18 digs to lead Dunmore to a Lackawanna League win.
Emma Conte had 15 kills, seven digs and eight points for the Lady Bucks, Tristan Canavan had five kills and nine points and Sienna Delfino had 12 digs.
Soyer DeLucy had 34 assists for North Pocono, Grace Calles had 22 digs, Sam Snyder had 12 kills and Sam Bajor had nine kills.

 

That win pushed Dunmore one spot up the ranking to No. 3 and set up Thursday night’s much-anticipated rematch of Western Wayne’s season opening 3-2 win. If the Lady ‘Cats sweep the season series, they will have the inside track on the first Lackawanna League Division I title.

 

THURSDAY

6 p.m.

 

AT

Bucks logo

WESTERN WAYNE

DUNMORE

 

 

DIVISION II

Also last week, Blue Ridge, which has two losses, one to Dunmore and one to Western Wayne, started to make its move in Division II.

The Lady Raiders defeated Susquehanna, which had ascended to the top spot in Division II.

BLUE RIDGE 3, SUSQUEHANNA 2

Kate Spencer had 12 digs, five aces and 15 points and Libby Zick had 14 assists, nine digs, four aces and 10 points to lead the Lady Raiders in a Lackawanna League match and rematch of last season’s District 2 Class 1A final.
Brooke Tingley had four kills for Blue Ridge, Foxlynn King had four kills, five aces and five digs and Leah McCain and Kaelynn Brant each had three kills.
Kambrie Colwell had 25 digs for Susquehanna, Megan Kiernan had 19 digs and Brianna Ashman had eight assists.

FRIDAY

6 p.m.

AT

MOUNTAIN VIEW

BLUE RIDGE

STANDINGS

Lackawanna League

Division I

W

L

Western Wayne

8

0

Dunmore

6

1

North Pocono

6

2

Lackawanna Trail

3

4

Abington Heights

2

5

Division II

W

L

Blue Ridge

5

2

Mountain View

5

3

Susquehanna

4

4

Forest City

1

5

Montrose

1

7

Elk Lake

0

8

 

THIS WEEK

TUESDAY

WVC

Delaware Valley at Berwick

 

WEDNESDAY

Lackawanna League

Abington Heights at Elk Lake

Dunmore at Mountain View

Western Wayne at Susquehanna

Montrose at Lackawanna Trail

Blue Ridge at North Pocono

WVC

Lake-Lehman at Delaware Valley

 

THURSDAY

Lackawanna League

Western Wayne at Dunmore

 

FRIDAY

Lackawanna League

Susquehanna at Montrose

Mountain View at Blue Ridge

Lackawanna Trail at Abington Heights

 

TOP 5 RANKING

Delaware Valley remains the No. 1 with Western Wayne at No. 2. Dunmore jumps up a spot in the poll to No. 3, while North Pocono is at No. 4 and Blue Ridge is fifth. Before Blue Ridge takes on Mountain View on Friday, it has its crossover match against North Pocono on Wednesday.

 

Rank

Team

Overall Record

1

Delaware Valley Lady Warriors

9—0

2

Western Wayne Lady ‘Cats

8—2

3

Bucks logo

Dunmore Lady Bucks

6—1

4

North Pocono Lady Trojans

7—4

5

Blue Ridge Lady Raiders

5–2

 

TEAM TO WATCH: Mountain View (5-3).

 

2021 DISTRICT 2 STANDINGS

Courtesy piaad2.org

NOTE: All tournaments will be seeded in accordance with the power ranking system. All teams in classifications with less than 8 teams will qualify for the playoffs. In the classification with more than 8 teams (3A), the top 8 teams in the power ranking
system will qualify as well as any other team with an overall record above .500.

 

CLASS 4A

4A School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  Games
Sch(Left)
1 Delaware Valley 9- 0- 0  0.743209  1.000000  0.373680  16(7)
2 Hazleton Area 2- 3- 0  0.481554  0.435644  0.547619  14(9)
3 Wyoming Valley West 2- 4- 0  0.438919  0.360656  0.551541  13(7)
4 Wilkes-Barre 0- 6- 0  0.273333  0.000000  0.666667  13(7)

 

CLASS 3A

3A School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  Games
Sch(Left)
1 Berwick Area 7- 1- 0  0.753351  0.896341  0.547584  15(7)
2 Greater Nanticoke Area 5- 2- 0  0.691508  0.726619  0.640984  15(8)
3 Crestwood 7- 2- 0  0.652621  0.792350  0.451548  16(7)
4 Tunkhannock 6- 2- 0  0.612984  0.765432  0.393607  16(8)
5 Dallas 3- 2- 0  0.599740  0.619048  0.571956  18(13)
6 North Pocono 7- 4- 0  0.549000  0.626794  0.437053  18(7)
7 Pittston Area 3- 6- 0  0.464788  0.348571  0.632026  16(7)
8 Abington Heights 2- 5- 0  0.378285  0.251748  0.560374  14(7)
9 Shamokin (SR=4) 1- 3- 0  0.369959  0.256757  0.532860  12(8)-PP=3
10 Hanover Area (2) 1- 8- 0  0.314828  0.101796  0.621385  14(5)
11 Athens Area (SR=4) 1- 2- 0  0.294546  0.269841  0.330097  15(12)
12 Wyoming Area 0- 7- 0  0.273653  0.000000  0.667447  15(8)

 

CLASS 2A

2A School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  Games
Sch(Left)
1 Western Wayne 8- 2- 0  0.688570  0.806452  0.518935  20(10)
2 Dunmore 6- 1- 0  0.659981  0.846715  0.391266  14(7)
3 Holy Redeemer 8- 3- 0  0.605751  0.724891  0.434307  18(7)
4 Lake Lehman 5- 2- 0  0.570818  0.724138  0.350187  17(10)
5 Forest City Regional 1- 5- 0  0.299967  0.146154  0.521308  17(11)
6 Montrose 1- 7- 0  0.248662  0.113095  0.443745  15(7)
7 Elk Lake 0- 8- 0  0.227273  0.000000  0.554324  15(7)

 

CLASS 1A

1A School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  Games
Sch(Left)
1 Blue Ridge 5- 2- 0  0.580988  0.688889  0.425717  19(12)
2 Mountain View 5- 4- 0  0.474572  0.514124  0.417655  16(7)
3 Lackawanna Trail 4- 5- 0  0.425764  0.411429  0.446394  16(7)
4 Susquehanna Community 4- 4- 0  0.421401  0.469880  0.351640  16(8)
5 MMI Preparatory School 1- 8- 0  0.330365  0.118644  0.635036  18(9)