Meet the 2016 Citizens Voice Girls Volleyball
School: Nanticoke Area
Position: Out. Hitter
Radginski was fourth in the WVC in kills (169) and blocks (32). Helped
seal the Trojanettes district title win over Crestwood with
a pair of late blocks.
School: Nanticoke Area
Lipowski was third in assists with 375. Finished tied for sixth in
the league in aces (61) and had eight assists in the Trojanettes
state playoff match.
PIAA Volleyball: Trojanettes swept by Palmyra
Kristen Mullen - Citizens Voice
Since it was Palmyras first-ever appearance
in the state volleyball playoffs, it is predictable the team may have some jitters
early in its game against Nanticoke Area.
After falling behind by a few points
to Nanticoke Area in the first set, that seemed to be the case.
calling a timeout, Cougars head coach Clark Sheaffer decided to let the team find
its rhythm on its own, and the decision paid off.
Melanie Shaeffer had nine
kills, Kirstin West had 26 assists and Palmyra defeated the Trojanettes 3-0 in
the opening round of the PIAA class 3A tournament.
Alyssa Lewis led Nanticoke
Area with four kills and Jenna Lipowski had eight assists.
For some reason,
we always start out slow to feel the other team out, Palmyra coach Clark
Shaeffer said. Sometimes we dont play on point right away. I just
knew this is a very common thing with this team; then, once they get their groove,
The top seed out of District 2, the Trojanettes were coming
off their first district title since 2005 after defeating Crestwood 3-2 in the
Real good season, Nanticoke Area coach Debbie
Gavin said. Our girls truly had to work hard to get what they got out of
this season. By no means were we super athletic or anything like that, so every
day we worked hard in the gym and we got to this level.
jumped ahead 2-0 in the first set and held the lead until it was 8-8.
that, the Cougars scored 12 unanswered points and ended up winning the set 25-11.
were kind of nervous, Melanie Shaeffer said. After a while, we got
comfortable, just played our game and we did pretty well.
the second set and did not trail at any point after scoring the first six points.
While Nanticoke Area did hold a 4-3 lead at one point in the third set, it was
to no avail, as the Cougars took the win 25-15.
If we could at least
get some passes down to our setter, I think we couldve run a better offense,
but that wasnt happening, Gavin said. (Palmyras) target
serving was probably their best weapon tonight.
Palmyra advances to the
second round, where it will face a familiar team, District 3s West York.
teams squared off Nov. 3 in the semifinals of the district tournament, with the
Cougars winning in five sets.
That was a battle, Clark Shaeffer
said of the previous matchup. One of the most exciting games Ive seen
since Ive been coaching. It should be a lot of fun.
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District 2 girls volleyball:
Nanticoke Area prevails in 3A final
As Thursday night got later, intensity reached greater and greater levels
inside a raucous Marts Center.
At the stroke of 9:50 p.m., Nanticoke Area
committed a service error, breathing a fifth set and life more life
into the District 2 Class 3A girls volleyball championship.
But with its season
on the line, Nanticoke Area weathered the storm and regained the form it had used
to build an early lead, ultimately winning the title match, 3-2, against Crestwood.
We havent done this in a long time, said Nanticoke Area head
coach Debbie Gavin, whose Trojanettes previously competed in Class 2A with perennial
power Holy Redeemer. I can honestly say that we have worked really, really
hard all season to get to this point. I think maybe we peaked at the right time,
and we matured at the right time. Im really proud of my girls. They worked
hard yesterday at practice; they were all on the same page today.
third-seeded Trojanettes (16-4) who swept their quarterfinal and semifinal
matches got off to a nice start, winning the first set, 25-21. They finished
by overcoming a two-point deficit, riding Codi Hornleins five consecutive
service points to the game win.
Hornlein was also serving at the end of the
second set, which Nanticoke Area won, 25-22.
But No. 1 Crestwood (16-3) dominated
the third set, taking a 5-4 lead and never giving it back, finishing strong with
Marissa Margalis recording a block and kill on the final two points in a 25-13
The teams tied a combined 16 times in the first three sets, and a match-high
10 times in set four.
Kasey Radginski strung together three straight kills
for the Trojanettes in the middle of the fourth set, putting Nanticoke Area ahead
But the teams tied at points 17, 18 and 20, as Crestwood ultimately
fended off the attack to win 25-22.
Then came the fifth and deciding set,
determining which team would advance to play in Tuesdays first round of
the PIAA playoffs against the No. 2 team out of District 3.
Jilann Baron kick-started
Nanticoke Area with a kill to take a 1-0 lead.
But it was closely contested
from there, with Crestwoods Sereina Brenhoffer burying a kill to tie the
game at 11. Crestwood took the next point, but Radginski came through with a block
to tie at 12.
The Trojanettes then reeled off three straight points to close,
finishing on a Jenna Lipowski ace and Radginski block.
She saved it
for the very end, didnt she? Gavin said of Radginski. She kept
us in suspense for those couple games and then at the end sealed
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WVC Girls Volleyball
2015 record: 12-5
Players to watch: Seniors Jenna Lipowski (setter),
Courtney Mazonis (libero) and Shyla Seesoltz (outside hitter) will all be back.
A player to watch is 5-foot-8-inch sophomore Alyssa Lewis, who started as a freshman
last season. Also, dont sleep on 6-foot-1-inch junior outside hitter Kasey
Coachs outlook: Were going to go to (Radginski).
We just need to make sure they all click. This is a new system and a new team
and it still needs to bind a bit more. Basically its a whole different lineup
this season. Were going to work on basic skills, get in a lot of reps and
improve our athletic ability. I think we have to work (this years team)
a little more than most of our teams. I take it one practice, one game at a time.
The long-term goal is districts.