to our Girls' Volleyball team on an outstanding season. 12/6/2012
District 2 AA silver
Leader Girls Volleyball All-Stars
was a do-it-all player for Deb Krupinskis Trojans, which finished as district
runner-up to Holy Redeemer in Double-A. She was a strong hitter, valuable in the
back row, and also one of the best servers in the league. Her statistics back
it up: A total of 140 kills, 32 blocks and 13 assists. She was also a first-team
avoid more drama with sweep
Tom Fox - Times Leader
would be no five-game thriller this time. Instead, it was a dominating effort
The Trojans were clicking on all cylinders and rode a big night
from Kayley Schinski en route to a 3-0 victory over Dallas in a District 2 Class
2A volleyball quarterfinal.
Nanticoke will face off with Crestwood in Fridays
semifinals. The Comets were a 3-0 winner over Lake-Lehman in the first match of
a twinbill at Nanticoke.
Weve been practicing hard, and the girls
have been pretty cooperative in practice, Nanticoke coach Deb Krupinski
said Theyve been working hard on offense and defense, and weve
been putting in some new stuff.
What a difference one week makes.
In the final week of the regular season, the Trojans went to Dallas and needed
a gigantic rally in the fourth game to escape the Back Mountain with a 3-2 victory.
That win allowed Nanticoke to earn the No. 2 seed in the eight-team bracket.
This time, there was little drama.
Last time we played them, they were
hot and everywhere, Krupinski said. They were double-blocking, and
we struggled with it. Tonight, I think they were just off. They have a great team,
and they have a good defense. Maybe it was because of the weather because you
dont know how many practices they were able to hold. You just have no idea.
They were probably playing with some things on their heads tonight.
The Trojans jumped out to a 19-10 lead in the first game, and opened the second
on a 12-4 run.
Dallas made it interesting in the third, leading 8-6, only
to see Krupinskis squad put together a 13-2 spurt.
was on tonight. We did get kind of sloppy in that third set, Krupinski said.
We had to call a time-out in the third set because we had to re-arrange
some attitudes. We were OK after that.
The Mountaineers just struggled
It started with the back-row pass, which scattered to all areas
of the court making it difficult to get into any offense rhythm.
times, there was no communication as balls dropped between defenders.
didnt play as a team. We played as individuals. It was just a letdown all
around, Dallas coach Meredith Ohl said. We didnt have communication,
and we just lacked the teamwork that weve had all season.
some purpose on our passes. I think that we just didnt respond with that
It was a big night for the Schinski girls.
had a match-high 11 kills and three aces, while freshman Kassie added four kills
and a match-high four aces. Junior Kendell chipped in with three kills and three
Dallas was paced by Tanner Engleharts eight kills.
have all worked hard and all put themselves in a position where Dallas hasnt
been in a very long time because of their efforts, Ohl said of her teams
They should be proud of the season they made for themselves.
District 2 Class 2A quarterfinal
Nanticoke 3, Dallas 0
Dallas 12 13 17
Nanticoke 25 25 25 3
DAL : Tanner Englehart, 8 kills;
Marlee Nelson, 4 kills, 1 ace. NAN : Kayley Schinski, 11 kills, 3 aces; Nancy
Adkins, 6 kills, 2 aces; Alexandra Brassington, 24 assists
Lineup is easy to prepare if you can spell Schinski
Nanticoke features 3 talented sisters in its starting six heading into district
Tom Fox - Times Leader
She stepped onto the court,
nervous and unsure of what to expect. Then again, that would seem to be a common
occurrence from a freshman in her first varsity match.
Thats when Nanticokes
Kassie Schinski took a quick glance around the court and saw big sisters Kayley
Its pretty exciting and
nerve-racking all at the same time, Kassie said. I dont want
to mess up on the court because I dont want to let my teammates and sisters
down. They are great to me. They tell me to just do my best and thats good
Its something that you dont see too often.|
you see two sisters on the same team and even on the court -- at the same
time. A set of twins may come up through the system every now and then, too.
at Nanticoke, you have the Schinski girls. All on the court at the same time.
All aligned on the same row during certain moments.
Kayley is a senior, and
a three-sport standout who is looking to major in nursing when she attends college.
She has applied to such institutions like Bloomsburg, Misericordia and Luzerne
County Community College.
Kendell is a junior who loves the sport of volleyball,
and hopes to play in college.
Kassie is the youngest, just a freshman, who
expects to make a difference on the basketball court as well. In her first season,
she has 31 kills, nine blocks, three assists, four digs, 13 aces and 79 service
Now, add to it that all three girls are starters on the varsity volleyball
team, which enters the District 2 Class 2A playoffs as the No. 2 seed behind undefeated
Its something weve always talked about,
said Kayley, who has 140 kills and 133 service points this season. Im
glad that we got the opportunity to play together for one season. It was such
a great experience, especially in my senior year.
Deb Krupinski admits
she didnt know how to handle it.
I had sisters and we were extremely
competitive, the Nanticoke head coach said. And yes, at times, we
did fight. But I dont see it with these girls. They dont fight at
all. For me, it was a change because Ive never had three sisters together
like this. I didnt know how it would work out, and you wonder about it.
At practice, I pulled them on the side and said I was going to look at each one
as an individual and see how each one would fit into our scheme.
watch the girls on the court for one second, and all the questions are answered.
smiles never leave their faces. If one sister is down, the other two run over
to slap her on the back.
I love them. We dont fight, said
Kendell, who has 63 kills and 172 service points. We are so close, and we
do a lot of stuff together. Our family is close. And we work so well together
on the court. We are always there to keep each other up.
each one is different in her own way.
Kayley is outgoing, a great leader
and a role model for her sisters, the head coach said. She is very
mature and easy to get along with. Kendell is very coachable and has a great understanding
of the game. Kassie is so quiet and shy, but she has so much ability. And what
sets her apart is shes the lefty of the group.
Sports are always
the talk around the Schinski house. That, and the possibility of a district title.
sit down and talk about what we did, and what we could do better, Kayley
said. With playoffs starting, we talk about how amazing it would be to win
a title. Its going to be tough because there are a lot of good teams in
the district, and Holy Redeemer is undefeated.
All three sisters know
the volleyball season is dwindling down. Its one game at a time, all must-win
contests. There are no more regular-season contests left.
And that means time
together on the court is almost done.
Im so glad that I had this
opportunity. Im going to miss playing with Kayley next year, Kassie
said. We are all really close, and hang out all the time. It was a big help
to play on the same court with both of them. Hopefully, well be able to
win a district title together.
Nanticoke serves notice to league
special deliveries as Trojanettes vie for No. 2 district seed.
Tom Fox - Times Leader
It didnt look good
for Nanticoke Area.
Down 2-1 in the match and 22-15 in the fourth set. A possible
second seed for the upcoming District 2 Class AA playoffs hanging in the balance.
One loss, and no chance for the two seed.
Cue Alexandra Brassington.
Trojan setter used her crafty underhand serve to rack up nine consecutive service
points to squeak out a fourth-set win and Nanticoke led wire-to-wire in the fifth
en route to a 3-2 win over Dallas in Wyoming Valley Conference girls volleyball.
Match scores were 25-16, 23-25, 22-25, 25-22 and 15-11.
We pulled ourselves
together and said this is what we need to do, said Brassington, who finished
with a match-high 31 assists. We had to pick ourselves up. If we would have
lost this one, there was no chance for that second seed.
That was the
mantra for Nanticoke (14-3). Win, and let the intangibles play out.
the Trojans, Crestwood and North Pocono are all tied for the No. 2 seed
and all are expected to finish that way after the regular season ends.
course, the second and third seed is important because it means the opposite side
of the bracket from undefeated Holy Redeemer (16-0).
We would rather
go against that toss or pull the name out of a hat, whatever is decided upon,
Nanticoke head coach Deb Krupinski said. A loss here and we were locked
into that fourth seed.
It was a match of emotion.
to a 25-16 win in the first set, only to see Dallas 10 seniors respond in
their final home game.
Behind several big smashes from Tanner Englehart, and
crafy net play by Rachel Olszewski, the Mountaineers rallied for a win in the
second set after trailing by as many as six.
Marlee Nelson took over the third,
racking up five kills and ending it on an ace, putting Dallas up 2-1.
girls wanted it because this was their senior night, Dallas coach Meredith
Ohl said. They knew how important this was. Nanticoke is a team we may see
in the postseason. The intensity got to us. I think that all the adrenaline started
to kick in, and I think we lost our focus a little bit.
all but over as Dallas (11-6) held a seemingly-comfortable 22-15 lead in the fourth
It slipped away in five minutes thanks to nine straight service
points by Brassington and several big swings by Kayley Schinski and Allie Matulewski.
I cant do an overhand serve. I tried it as a freshman and just couldnt
do it, Brassington said of the underhand serve. My mom was a volleyball
player and she told me to try an underhand serve, and it worked for me. I really
just tried to stay focused and after each serve, I just kept telling myself to
work on the next one. I didnt want to talk with anyone. I wasnt even
cheering with the team. I was just so focused.
The fifth set wasnt
Schinski had kills on five of the first nine points and Nanticoke jumped
out to an 8-1 lead.
It was a crazy game with so many highs and lows.
We dug ourselves out, and I still dont know how, Krupinski said. I
think this was the first team all season that weve come up against that
truly blocked well. They double-block so well. I give them a lot of credit. The
turning point was when Lefty (Alexandra Brassington) was serving with that soft,
underhand motion. I think it finally rattled them. It was a long game. You have
to keep your head in it.
Schinski and Matulewski combined for 23 of
the Trojans 39 kills. Englehart had 12 kills to pace Dallas.
3, Dallas 2
Nanticoke 25 23 22 25 15 3
Dallas 16 25 25 22 11
Nanticoke Leaders: Kayley Schinski 12 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace; Allie Matulewski
11 kills, 3 aces; Alexandra Brassington 31 assists, 4 kills, 3 aces.
Leaders: Tanner Englehart 12 kills, 5 aces; Rachel Olszewski 9 kills; Marlee Nelson
5 kills, 4 aces; Lauren Jones, 12 assists.
Girls Volleyball Preview
Coach: Debbie Krupinski
Key returners: Nancy Adkins, Alexandra
(Lefty) Brassington, Allie Matulewski, Kayley Schinski
outlook: We have a lot of talent back from last years team, but our
philosophy hasnt changed. Its always one game at a time. Thats
our first goal, and then, we will concentrate on the playoffs. We have a solid
team. They are all good athletes and players. Im excited about the new schedule.
I like that fact that well have an opportunity to play every team.