HS VOLLEYBALL: Marichak Rallies Lady Bucks

September 27, 2018

DUNMORE — Looking to knock Dunmore from the ranks of the unbeaten, Western Wayne got just the start it wanted.

The Lady Wildcats scored the first nine points in Wednesday’s Lackawanna League volleyball match.

Jordyn Marichak helped turn the tables.

She served four straight points to help get the Lady Bucks on track, Katherine Hopkins added a pair of her eight kills in that 7-1 spurt, and Marichak later served four more points in a row as Dunmore clawed back to win the first set, 27-25, and went on to a four-set win that came without one of their top players as Brooke Frable sat out with a sprained ankle.

“Going in knowing we didn’t have one of our go-to hitters, I didn’t know how the night was going to go,” Dunmore coach Sue Dempsey said. “But we rely on the whole team.

“To me, there’s not one standout. Everyone is a contributor on the team, so therefore, we can count on anybody to step up when we’re in a situation where we have someone out with an injury.”

Western Wayne had a set point at 24-22, but a net violation, a block and a kill by Madison Cruser, and Lydia Meade’s ace allowed Dunmore (10-0) to escape with the set.

“I think the thing that they beat us on is that they’re so scrappy,” Western Wayne coach Darren Thorpe said. “A lot of balls we hit against other teams hit the floor, and against them, they don’t. That gets frustrating offensively sometimes and I think it got the best of us.

“We played well and they played better. That’s what it came down to.”

Marichak’s diving and hooking serves were a big first step for Dunmore’s recovery.

“Sometimes when we get down, one person — not anyone in particular — will pull through and get a point and then we’ll get on a roll for a little bit,” Marichak said. “We all got down and we weren’t really talking. Once we started talking, we all got excited and we were able to pull through.”

Meade served three more aces to start the second set and Dunmore raced to an 11-6 lead before Rebecca Klemovitch, who finished with 10 kills and three blocks, and Sydney Krompasky, who had 17 service points including five aces, led a 10-3 spurt to give Western Wayne the second set, 25-15.

The Lady Wildcats took seven of the first nine points to start the third set before Dunmore libero Hannah Earley swung the momentum with Western Wayne leading, 13-12.

She served six straight points, including a pair of aces, that carried Dunmore to a 25-18 win.

“When we keep the energy on our side, we will keep the serve,” Earley said. “We just have to serve to open spots and to hard positions to pass from. I don’t really try to kill it, but I have to put it in an open spot.”

Dunmore was relentless in the final set, going on an 13-2 run that put the match out of reach.

“We’re focusing on serving to get us out of situations like this,” Dempsey said. “We really don’t have a strong offense compared to what we’ve had in the past with strong outside hitters, so we’re relying on our defense and serving, and I think that paid off.”

Antoinette Cantarella, who polished off the third set with an ace, used a nifty tip at the net for one kill, slammed down another and served one of her two aces in the final set to secure the victory.

Western Wayne had five service errors in the final set, but that was something Thorpe could live with, given the results of the third set.

“I thought in set three we got soft with our serves and we have to stay aggressive and if we miss them, we miss them,” Thorpe said. “I don’t want to miss them, but if we’re serving soft, we’re just giving them free swings. We needed to stay aggressive and that was the downfall of that.”

Cantarella led the victory with 10 service points, six aces, six assists and five kills. Hopkins had eight kills and seven assists, Earley made 10 digs, Meade contributed 13 assists and Cruser finished with 10 service points and four kills.

Trina Barcarola had 12 digs and five kills for Western Wayne and Krompasky also contributed three kills and three blocks.

Western Wayne (7-3) 25 25 18 15 Dunmore (10-0) 27 18 25 25

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Montrose 3, Susquehanna 1

At Montrose, Grace Aukema had five kills and 10 digs and Renee Arnold had three aces to lead the Lady Meteors.

Kayden Rowe had eight digs for the winners and Jessica Fassler had 23 assists and nine points.

Bethany Burns had eight kills and eight points for Susquehanna, Bethany Maby had 13 assists, five aces and 18 points and Kaylee Landry had eight aces, five digs and 15 points.

Susquehanna (6-4) 25 23 19 21 Montrose (5-5) 18 25 25 25

JV: SUS, 2-1.

Blue Ridge 3, Abington Heights 0

At Abington Heights, Alison Marshman had nine assists and 10 points to lead Blue Ridge.

Alyssa Sherwood had four kills for the Lady Raiders and Jerni Schell had 14 digs.

Elif Onat had five kills for Abington Heights, Victoria Cole had four aces, Adele Hollander had 14 digs and Gianna Toth had 12 assists.

Blue Ridge (8-2) 27 25 25 Abington Heights (2-8) 25 11 22

Forest City 3, Lackawanna Trail 0

At Forest City, Faith Ursich had 20 digs and Laura Statkun had five kills to lead the Lady Foresters.

Natalie Lipko had three aces for the winners, Kiana Savage had 10 points and Summer Wade had three blocks.

Ashtyn Mecca had nine digs for Lackawanna Trail and Abby Wilson had six digs.

Lackawanna Trail (1-9) 10 13 14 Forest City (6-4) 25 25 25

JV: FC, 2-0.

Mountain View 3, Elk Lake 0

At Mountain View, Rachel Gerfin and Kelsey Rumola each had four kills to lead the Lady Eagles.

Tasha Shay had seven assists for the winners.

Maddie Tewksbury had three kills for Elk Lake, Kelsey Day had four aces and Allana Warner had three aces.

Elk Lake (0-10) 16 19 19 Mountain View (5-5) 25 25 25

Delaware Valley 3

Wyoming Area 0

At Delaware Valley, Jessica Dardia had 21 points and 10 aces to lead the Lady Warriors to a Wyoming Valley Conference win.

Emily Anderson had eight kills and seven points for the winners and Liz Bobo had six kills and six points.

Wyoming Area (3-5) 10 12 6 Delaware Valley (5-2) 25 25 25

JV: DV, 2-0.

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