Areas season ends with 3-set defeat
Anthony Bellino - Citizens
Both Nanticoke Area and West York high school had obstacles to overcome
before even stepping on the court for the opening round of the PIAA Class 3A girls
volleyball tournament on Tuesday.
The Trojanettes were without the services
of one of their best if not the top players in senior Kasey Radginski,
who missed the game with an injury.
West York had to deal with the effects
of a three-hour bus ride through traffic and wintry conditions that landed them
at Pittston Area High School just 30 minutes before the match was slated to start.
York, a top-10 ranked team in Class 3A, ultimately shook off the effects of the
long ride to dispatch Nanticoke Area in straight sets with scores of 25-11, 25-8
and 25-14 to advance to the state quarterfinals.
I told them when we
were 20 minutes out to get their stuff out and wake up because I knew they were
sleeping back there, so its a mental focus at this point, West York
coach Joe Ramp said. We had a great practice last night and that transpired
into tonight. So, hopefully, we can take care of business on Saturday.
playing a roster of only 11, the Bulldogs displayed depth in speed, power and
athleticism that the Trojanettes were simply unable to match. West York had five
players finish with multiple kills in its victory.
Senior hitter Kate Tate
led the way for the Bulldogs, amassing 12 kills and three aces in the victory,
while setter Trilby Kite ran her teams offense almost flawlessly and added
six kills. Gianna Krinock, Tesia Thomas and Alayna Harris all added multiple kills
for the winner.
(Kite) does run our offense very well; we have a very
athletic team, and its sometimes difficult for teams to match up to us
especially with our athletic middles, Ramp said. We have high expectations.
Last year, we made it to the final four. We lost six seniors. This is a whole
new group. At this point, its just go have fun.
After winning the
first set, 25-11, West York really found its stride in the second set when Georgianna
Kahley rattled off nine consecutive service points to open the set.
York is definitely a good team; they had six hitters there, their passing was
like perfect every single time, Nanticoke Area coach Debbie Gavin said.
We played as best as we could tonight. I thought our passes were okay; maybe
they couldve been a little bit better. The speed of the game I think
my kids were a little amazed at but thats how it is when you get
out of the area.
Alyssa Lewis and Jilann Barron each had four kills to
lead Nanticoke Area. Lewis added two blocks and an ace in the third set, while
Codi Hornlein chipped in with two kills. Even in a losing effort, Gavin saw a
lot to be pleased with from her young team, which will certainly look to complete
a three-peat of District 2 titles come 2018.
We had a great season to
go back-to-back on two championships in a row, and this team was so much more
talented I think than most of the teams weve really had, Gavin said.
We have a nice core for next year. We have some great athletes coming up.
So, next year, were looking forward to maybe doing it again.
York 25 25 25 3 Nanticoke Area 11 8 14 0
Volleyball: Nanticoke Area wins title
Matt Bufano - Citizens Voice
year at this time inside Wilkes Universitys Marts Center, Nanticoke Area
11th-graders Kasey Radginski, Codi Hornlein and Megan Murphy experienced the euphoria
of a gold-medal victory.
Now one year older with only one night to recapture
that feeling they had chased all of 2017, Radginski, Hornlein and Murphy did not
let the opportunity slip away.
The second-seeded Trojanettes lost the first
set then won three in a row Thursday night, beating top-seeded Abington Heights,
3-1, for the District 2 Class 3A girls volleyball championship.
incredibly proud of everybody on the court, on the bench, the fans, everybody,
Radginski said between posing for countless photographs with teammates and her
second gold medal. Im just so proud and thankful for everything and
After going back-and-forth in the first set, Abington Heights
took control with Jasmine McDuffies three-point service run punctuated by
a pair of Emma Baker kills, giving the Comets an 18-14 lead they wouldnt
McDuffie had 22 digs, while Ashley DeRiso and Adele Hollander had
31 digs apiece for the Comets, who won the first set, 25-17, but dropped the next
They played well, they had a great season, reflected Abington
Heights (16-4) head coach Kendra Hooper. We came in, we had no idea how
far wed make it, and we made it to the district finals. Cant really
ask for much more.
In set No. 2, Nanticoke Area cleaned up its mistakes
with far fewer errors. The Trojanettes broke a 2-2 tie and led the rest of the
way, winning the set, 25-16, and tying the match at 1-1.
We hit our hiccups
every so often with our passing and then we straighten it out, said Nanticoke
Area head coach Debbie Gavin. But all year, every game, we have come from
behind to win. ... They can bounce back. Theyre very resilient.
set No. 3, the teams tied at points 3, 4, 6, 8 and 11 before a 5-0 Nanticoke Area
run capped by Alyssa Lewis and Radginski kills, making it 16-11. Nanticoke Area
held on from there for a 25-18 win.
The Trojanettes finished the win with a
25-16 victory in the fifth set.
Its very exciting and it couldnt
happen to a nicer bunch of talented kids that we have, Gavin said.
had five digs, while Murphy added 10 digs. Jilann Baron recorded 20 kills, five
blocks and four digs. Reilly Miller notched 30 assists.
with 15 kills and six blocks for the Trojanettes (16-3), who qualified for the
PIAA state playoffs and will play the District 3 runner-up in the first round
Tuesday. The public address announcer stated that match will be 7 p.m. at Pittston
Kasey did step up today, Gavin said. She was hot, she
was really good on defense, she kept them extremely honest. Her offense was exceptionally
good tonight and her passing really helped us out.
AREA (16-3) 17 25 25 25 3
ABINGTON HEIGHTS (16-4) 25 16 18 16
Jilann Barons big night lifts
Nanticoke to district final
Tom Fox - Times Leader
Jilann Baron take her warm-up swings Tuesday, one could sense the Nanticoke junior
could be in store for a pretty special night.
But not even Baron imagined
how big it was going to be.
The junior attacker was a dominating force in
the District 2 Class 3A semifinals, finishing with a match-high 21 kills as Nanticoke
advanced to Thursdays title match with a 3-1 victory over Dallas at Clarks
Summit Elementary School. Set scores were 25-17, 25-15, 18-25 and 25-17.
the defending champ, faces off with top-seed Abington Heights, which eliminated
Western Wayne in the other semifinal.
Our coaches told me where to put
the ball, and my teammates gave me all the confidence, Baron said. There
were nerves because this was such a big game for us. Ive never had this
many kills in one game. We are just so excited to be back in the championship
The spotlight belonged to Baron. And it was an array of shots.
Cross-court spikes. Short lofts over a Dallas block. Pushing the ball to an open
area in the back corner. And taking strategic swings from the back row.
too bad for someone who admittedly felt some nervous moments prior to the match.
Jilann really gave us 200 percent tonight, Nanticoke head coach Debbie
Gavin said. I love that she is a smart player on the court. She looks around,
and knows exactly where she wants to put the ball. She anticipates so well on
defense and offense. We couldnt ask much more from her. She was amazing.
Baron had five kills alone in the first set, one where the Trojans jumped out
to a 10-3 lead on Meghan Dudas serve.
The junior didnt cool off
much in the second game, either, killing seven shots. And Nanticoke needed each
one. Down 9-4 early, Gavins group quickly rallied with seven straight points
on Alyssa Lewis serve, and scored the last five points to win 25-15.
District playoffs is always so much pressure, Lewis said. Having
that district experience and having success there last season does help. It makes
things a little easier. We had a good week of practice, so I think everyone had
confidence coming into this match. We are just excited to play in the district
final in front of our home crowd.
Dallas, which was swept in straight
sets by Nanticoke in the last week of the regular season, fought back.
Mountaineers jumped out to a 17-9 lead, and used a 5-0 spurt on Caityln Pikes
serve to pull away for a 25-18 victory in the third set.
Yes, all the momentum
of a huge rally sitting squarely on the Dallas sideline. But momentum that
lasted approximately 90 seconds into the third set.
With Baron, Lewis and
Kasey Radginski swinging, the rally was short-lived. With Megan Murphy hitting
her spots behind the back line, the Trojans jumped out to a 8-3 lead and grew
the advantage to 17-7 on Carly Reakes under-hand serve which gave the Mountaineer
back line issues with the pass toward the front row.
of how our girls played all season, and how far weve come in just three
months, Dallas head coach Michael Shmakov said. They played with a
lot of heart and determination. They played to the best of their abilities. We
had that heart, but at the end of the day, it was Nanticokes match to prevail.
Nanticokes big three were too much for Dallas to overcome. Baron, Radginski
and Lewis combined for 41 kills and 11 blocks. Mountaineer Gianna Musto was strong
in the losing effort with a team-best 14 spikes.
Im happy to be
in the district final again, and hopefully, we can pull it out on Thursday,
WVC Volleyball Preview
Coach: Deb Gavin
Players to watch: Senior Kasey Radginski was fourth in the WVC in kills
(169) and blocks (32) last season at outside hitter. Codi Hornlein and Megan Murphy
are the other returning senior starters at outside hitter and libero, respectively.
outlook: We are district champs from last season, but were worried
about today. Just focus on being better than we were yesterday. The chemistry
has to run the right way we have a little bit of inexperience.