Trojanettes sweep Hoban
By: Dom Loiacono , Correspondent
Things have changed dramatically since Nanticoke Area's opening season
The Trojanettes have reeled off 15 consecutive victories, including Wednesday
night's 3-0 sweep of a solid Bishop Hoban team in a Wyoming Valley Conference
volleyball match in Nanticoke.
Nanticoke Area won by scores of 25-21, 25-20 and 25-16, to improve to
15-1 and solidify their hold on second place. The Lady Argents fall to
13-3 but are guaranteed a spot in the upcoming Class AA playoffs. Crestwood
leads the division at 16-0.
"There's definitely a big improvement since we lost our first game
of the year (to Crestwood)," said Trojanettes coach Debbie Krupinski.
"We made a lot of adjustments and everyone plays all the way round."
Two of the many reasons for Nanticoke Area's success has been the play
of setter Amanda Gavin and Brittany Pietryzk. Against the Lady Argents,
Gavin registered 19 assists while Pietryzk was credited with 12 digs.
"Manda had big shoes to fill," said Krupinski, referring to
the graduation of Caitlyn Klish. "She's done a great job and is averaging
around 28 assists per game.
"Brittany has stepped her game tremendously," continued Krupinski.
"She came up from the jayvees and is doing a fantastic job for us."
Ashley Makarczyk, Aly Byorick, Kaitlyn Malshefski, Sarah Acker and Brittany
Dougherty all turned in strong games as well. '
Makarczyk had eight kills, four blocks and five digs, Byorick added eight
kills, five blocks and five digs. Malshefski had six service points, five
aces and five kills, and Acker picked up eight kills and five blocks.
Dougherty added 11 digs.
"Nanticoke Area dug up lots of balls," said Hoban coach Jack
Kablick. "They're a senior-laden team and are playing well. We lost
10 players from last year and are a very young team.''
Beth Kemmerer was the top performer for Hoban, coming up with five points,
six kills and 14 assists. Laura Nieman had seven kills, Sarah Vidumsky
added nine assists and Allie Downing registered eight points. Kelly Rose
and Samantha Page came up with six and four kills respectively.
Hoban climbed within 19-18 in the first game, but a kill by Malshefski
caught the Lady Argents off balance before fal-ling.
Hoban led 14-13 in the second game but the Trojanettes asserted themselves
in front of the net and rallied for to take a commanding 2-0 lead. Nanticoke
Area was never threatened in the third game, taking an 8-2 lead, extending
the margin to 15-4 on a service point from Makarczyk and another Acker
"It's always a good match when we face Hoban and I thought they came
in here and played well," noted Krupinski. "We gave an all-around
team effort by our kids. I thought the key was our passes to Gavin."