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Presentation of Certificate of Recognition
Trojanettes suffer tough loss to Bishop Hoban
Bishop Hoban scored a 3-1 victory
over the previously unbeaten Trojanettes to capture the District 2
Class 2A championship Thursday night at Coughlin High School.
Nanticoke Area reached the District 2 Class
AA championship by sweeping their semifinal opponents Tuesday night
Lake-Lehman managed to hold late leads against Nanticoke Area, but
eventually fell to the number one seed.
"I'm pleasantly surprised," said Lake-Lehman
coach John Baranowski said. "Nanticoke Area is a very good team
but I'm proud of how our girls performed. We managed to lead in every
game and we hung together."
Both teams were tied 16-16 in the first match, 18-18 in the second
and 20-20 in the final but the Trojanettes used their experience to
pull out the verdict.
"I'm happy with the win," said Nanticoke Area coach Debbie
Krupinski. "The last time we played Lehman, they gave us a lot
of trouble and tonight it was more of the same.
"They slowed the pace down and that gave us problems. Those are
the type of games that are the toughest for us but we adjusted well."
Caitlin Klish had 34 assists to lead the Trojanettes attack, while
Courtenay Pinetka had eight digs, and Sarah Acker added 12 kills and
Other top performers for Nanticoke Area were Amanda Gavin with five
points and 11 digs, Ally Byorick, seven kills, Kaitlyn Malshefski,
five kills, three digs and three points, Ashley makarczyk, eight kills
Dougherty with five digs and three points.
"Our girls were frustrated because we like to play a fast paced
game," Krupinski said. "Their patience and experience gave
us the victory.
"It was like a chess match and I think Lehman has accomplished
quite a bit since the start of the season."
For Lehman, Hannah Sorber had 20 assists, 14 points, seven kills and
six blocks, with Marissa Harrison adding 19 kills and nine points.
Jess Turak had 12 points, five kills and three digs and Sheree Horvath
garnered 13 points, four kills, three blocks and three digs.
Nanticoke Downs Western Wayne
Nanticoke Area had no trouble cruising to a three-set victory over
No. 8 seed Western Wayne (25-7, 25-6, 25-3).
Courtenay Pientka led the team with 11 service points, one ace, four
kills, one assist and seven digs. Caitlin Klish came up with four
kills, 17 assists and a dig.
Other contributors for Nanticoke were Ashley Makarczyk (10 service
points, one ace, two kill, one block, two digs); Aly Byorick (two
service points, one ace, six kills, two blocks, two digs); Kaitlyn
Malshefski (one service points, five kills and two digs) and Sarah
Acker (six kills, two blocks, one assists, two digs).
TROJANETTES FINISH WITH PERFECT
Caitlin Kush posted six kills, 22 assists and two
digs to lead Nanticoke Area to a 3-1 victory over Abington Heights
to finish the regular season unbeaten.
Coutrney Pientka had four service ponts, seven kills, one block and
Kaitlyn Malshefski had one service point, five kills and two digs
while Ashley Makarczyk had seven service points, two aces five kills
and five digs.
Aly Byorick had 10 kills and two blocks, Sarah Acker added 13 kills,
three blocks and three assist.
Amanda Gavin had two service points, one kill and seven digs. Brittany
Dougherty had 10 service points and four digs. Brittany Peck had two
Nanticoke volleyball adds to win streak
Nanticoke Area had little trouble stretching its undefeated streak
to 17 straight as the Trojanettes rolled to a three-set victory over
MMI Prep (25-5, 25-10, 25-13).
Leading the way for Nanticoke was Caitlin Klish with three service
points, one ace, two kills and 22 assists; Courtenay Pientka with
three service points, one ace, seven kills, one block and three digs;
Sarah Acker with seven kills, one block and one dig; Aly Byorick with
a service point and three kills.
Other Trojanettes aiding in the win were Amanda Gavin (seven digs),
Brittany Dougherty (three service points, two aces, one kill and five
digs), Kaitlin Malshefski (five service points, two aces, eight kills
and three digs) and Ashley Makarczyk (two service points, three kills
and two digs).
Trojans win close battle
Argents force critical game five but Nanticoke comes out on top in
key WVC matchup.
By VAN ROSEemail@example.com
To put it in terms of the other sport that Sarah Acker and Aly Byorick
are known for, this was a slam dunk.
The two Greater Nanticoke Area basketball stars combined for 18 blocks,
leading the Trojans girls volleyball team to an in-your-face victory
over Bishop Hoban on Thursday.
Each came up with a key block in the decisive game as Nanticoke took
a huge step toward wrapping up the Wyoming Valley Conference title
with a 3-2 win over the Argents. The scores were 25-20, 25-12, 21-25,
It was a pulsating win for Nanticoke (16-0), which captured the first
two games in impressive fashion, then nearly let Bishop Hoban (14-2)
off the hook. The Argents clawed their way to victory in games three
and four to force a fifth game.
"It was very nerve-wracking," said Nanticoke's Courtenay
Pientka. "When it got to game five, we just wanted to win. Our
blocking was outstanding, and so was our passing and digging."
One reason for the Trojans' case of nerves was the hitting of Hoban's
Katelyn Corgan, who blasted 21 kills. However, when it mattered most,
Nanticoke made big defensive plays on Corgan in game five.
Acker, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, rejected a Corgan attempt at a slam to
give Nanticoke an 8-5 lead. Then Acker and the 5-11 Byorick combined
for a double block of a Corgan shot that put the Trojans ahead, 12-6,
and seemed to take the fight out of the Argents.
"I seemed to time my jumping just right tonight," said Acker,
who posted 12 blocks and eight kills. "It's something I work
on every day at practice."
Byorick, who had seven kills and six blocks, said the jumping ability
of Corgan and middle hitter Jamie Wall posed a major challenge for
the Trojans defense. "Corgan played a great match, she was hitting
some great shots. After Hoban came back and won games three and four,
I got really fired up. I wanted to win so bad."
Nanticoke was a juggernaut in the first two games, with Acker and
Byorick quickly asserting themselves with their blocking. The Trojans
also received outstanding hitting from Kaitlyn Malshefski, Ashley
Makarczyk and Pientka.
Nanticoke took charge of game one when an Acker block put Hoban in
a 22-14 hole. Byorick came up with an eye-catching block in game two
that gave an 18-12 lead that proved insurmountable.
However, the Argents turned the tables in the next two games. Bishop
Hoban was powered by the hitting of Corgan and Wall on offense. With
Erin Blain leading the way, the Argents' defense was equally impressive,
consistently digging up Nanticoke shots.
"We shot ourselves in the foot in the first two games, but made
a nice comeback," said Hoban coach Jack Kablick. "But in
game five, we reverted back to doing the things that cost us in the
Corgan was a bit more direct. "We just fell apart in the last
Wall started out slow, but came on strong in the final three games.
She wound up with 18 kills. Blain posted six kills and 45 assists.
As it has all season, Nanticoke relied heavily on its depth. Malshefski
had eight kills and three blocks; Pientka had five kills and 20 digs;
Ashley Makarczyk had five kills, eight service points and four aces;
Caitlin Klish had five kills and 33 assists.
Makarczyk, whose serving played a key role in Nanticoke's win, said
everyone stepped up their game. "Our passing was right on and
our hitting was there. When it came down to game five, we knew we
just needed to stay confident."
The biggest reason Nanticoke stands on the verge of an unbeaten season
is team chemistry, according to Byorick. "We're more than just
teammates. We're sisters in the same (volleyball) family."
The loss dropped Bishop Hoban into third place in the conference.
The Argents trail second-place Crestwood (14-1) one-game. If Nanticoke
wins its final two matches, it will clinch the league title and secure
a No. 1 seed in the District 2 Class 2A playoffs.
Nanticoke now 15-0 in girls volleyball
Senior Courtenay Pientka posted nine kills and nine digs to help
Greater Nanticoke Area stay undefeated in Wyoming Valley Conference
girls volleyball with a 3-0 home victory over Meyers on Monday.
The Trojanettes (15-0) won by scores of 25-18, 25-16, 25-7.
Sarah Acker added five kills and seven blocks, and Caitlin Klish contributed
30 assists, six digs and four kills.
Ali Ostrum paced Meyers with three service points, three kills, two
blocks and a pair of aces.
Team chemistry key for Nanticoke
By: Jill Snowdon 10/17/2004
Undefeated Trojanettes seek strong finish
By Jill Snowdon
The Sunday Voice
Caitlin Klish vividly remembers Nanticoke Area winning its first
District 2 girls volleyball title.
She was just an eighth grader at the time, but Klish knew that someday
she wanted to be a part of the same excitement and glory.
The District 2 tournament is still two weeks away, but Klish and the
Trojanettes are on track to make a strong showing in the district
playoffs. In addition to keeping their undefeated record intact, the
Trojanettes are also hoping to win their first league championship
"I remember being at that game (district final) and thinking
how much I'd love to be there when I was older," said Klish.
"I really admired those girls and now that I am a senior people
are looking up to me."
Nanticoke survived a season-opening test with perennial conference
power Crestwood and ignited a winning streak that is now 14 victories
A successful season was certainly possible for the talented Trojanettes,
but being undefeated is something that took the players a little by
"Yeah, I'm surprised," said senior Courtenay Pientka. "I
knew we had a lot of talent and good coaching, but...in my years here,
this is the best team I've been on, and the closest."
The Trojanettes use a nine-player rotation, with each having a starring
role one way or another in Nanticoke's wins. In fact, it's balance
that head coach Debbie Krupinski credits for the Trojanettes' success.
"We're solid in every rotation," said Krupinski, who is
assisted by James Gavin, Sr., and James Gavin, Jr. "Our tall
girls are in at the right time and our skills are way above average.
"Our biggest weaknesses are ice cream and men," she adds
with a laugh.
Klish and Pientka are the lone seniors in the rotation. Klish, a setter,
leads the team with 180 assists, while Pientka, an outside hitter,
is one of the team's kill leaders with over 40.
Junior outside hitter Ashley Makarczyk is the Trojanettes points leader
with 105, including a team best 15 aces. Fellow junior and outside
hitter Kaitlyn Malshefski also has over 40 kills, while juniors Brittany
Pietrzyk, Brittany Dougherty and Amanda Gavin are the Trojanettes'
blue-collar type players.
"They don't get a lot of recognition or the credit they deserve,"
said Pientka. "(Gavin) and (Dougherty) are great passers. They
are our quiet contributors."
"A lot of times people just talk about the hitters, and I can
understand that," added Klish. "But they don't recognize
the back row. They are the ones back there digging us out. They are
the unsung heroes."
The Trojanettes also have a pair of young stars in sophomores Sarah
Acker and Aly Byorick. Acker, a middle hitter, has 40 blocks on the
season, while Byorick, an outside hitter is second in blocks.
Another thing that can also be attributed to Nanticoke's record beside
just pure talent, is team chemistry. Malshefski, Klish, Acker, Makarczyk,
Pientka and Byorick spend most of their time on Nanticoke's court
- volleyball in the fall and basketball in the winter.
"They have such great chemistry," said Krupinski. "And
they are all very athletic. Volleyball and basketball complement each
other because they are both vertical sports. So when basketball season
comes around, these girls will be ready for that too."
Nanticoke still has five games left on its regular season schedule,
including a challenging week ahead with Meyers at home on Monday and
Bishop Hoban on the road on Thursday. And the Trojanettes are well
aware of how they need to prepare mentally.
"We can't become complacent," said Klish. "We have
to take the same approach for every game. Right now we have to worry
about Meyers and when Hoban comes along, we'll be ready for them."
As for who will step up to give the Trojanettes their best chance
at yet another W, Krupinski insists it will a good mix of everyone.
"There isn't one star on this team," said the coach, who
is in her 21st season at Nanticoke. "They are so unselfish and
they have such great work ethics. That's what makes us so good."
Acker dominates as GNA defeats North Pocono
By VAN ROSEfirstname.lastname@example.org
The last time Greater Nanticoke Area's Sarah Acker and North Pocono's
Laura Franceski crossed paths was last winter, when Franceski led
her team to a two-point victory in the District 2 Class 3A basketball
Wednesday, Acker helped even the score on the volleyball court. The
6-foot-3 sophomore outside hitter turned in a dazzling performance
to lead Nanticoke to a 3-0 victory over its Lackawanna County rival.
The scores were 25-23, 25-15, 25-19.
Acker posted 10 kills and eight blocks - a couple of which were at
the expense of the 6-2 Franceski - as Nanticoke moved to 13-0 to remain
in first place in the Wyoming Valley Conference.
Nanticoke also got superb efforts from Aly Byorick and Kaitlyn Malshefski.
Byorick, who like Acker is a basketball standout, had 10 kills and
10 digs. Malshefski posted 12 timely kills and six digs.
Acker, one of the most improved players in the WVC, was dominant at
the net. Her blocking kept North Pocono (9-4) off balance throughout
much of the match, and her hitting was superb. She hit several power
slams, but also scored on some perfectly placed tips.
"It was just a matter of timing," Acker said. "I seemed
to be at the right place at the right time."
North Pocono's team centers around Franceski, who has accepted a basketball
scholarship at Division I Binghamton. Franceski started quickly, posting
a couple of early kills, two fierce blocks and a circuslike dig.
North Pocono pushed Nanticoke to the edge in game one, finally succumbing
However, Acker and Byorick did a great job of keeping Franceski in
check in games two and three. Nanticoke took control of the match
when Acker's block on Franceski put North Pocono in a 13-5 hole in
"She (Franceski) was hitting pretty good, but we made some adjustments,"
Acker said. "It looked like then she was late getting to the
net a few times. She was getting frustrated with us blocking her shots."
Franceski went down hard on her ankle in game two, but escaped serious
injury. She didn't use the incident as an excuse for her rough afternoon.
"We did fine in game one, but we didn't really have our heads
in the game after that," Franceski said. "We didn't play
as well as we're capable, especially in the second game."
Acker's most important block came in game one, giving Nanticoke a
23-22 lead. Nanticoke eked out the game on successive kills by Courtenay
Pientka and Acker.
Nanticoke came out smoking in game two, behind Malshefski's hitting
and serving. Nanticoke surged ahead 16-5 on a devastating slam by
Malshefski. Coach Debbie Krupinski's team widened the margin to 20-10
and used a Byorick kill en route to a 25-15 win.
"We just wanted to get the ball over the net," Byorick said.
"We had a tough time in game one because we weren't prepared
for their (North Pocono) speed. We adjusted well after that."
Byorick and Malshefski were Nanticoke's big offensive guns in game
three. Byorick jumped half way over the net to deliver a slam that
gave Nanticoke a 21-18 lead. Malshefski followed with an ace and a
kill to help seal the deal.
North Pocono coach Chris Summa said his team hurt itself.
"Our passing went south in game two, and we didn't play well
defensively and game three."
Nanticoke lived up to its billing as one of the premiere teams in
the WVC, Summa added.
"They did an exceptional job of passing the ball, and their defense
However, Summa detected one possible Nanticoke flaw.
"They have too many hitters," Summa said. "I wish we
had that problem."
Trojanettes win 14th straight
Nanticoke Area used a balanced attack on its way to its 14th straight
victory of the season with a three-set victory over visiting North
Pocono. The Trojanettes posted scores of 25-22, 25-14, 25-19.
Caitlin Klish led the team with 41 assists and five kills. Courtenay
Pientka had two aces, one service point, eight kills and 12 digs.
Ashley Makarczyk finished with three aces, seven service points and
11 digs. Sarah Acker chipped in with 10 kills and eight blocks. Brittany
Dougherty had six service points and four digs. Kaitlyn Malshefski
tallied two service points and 12 kills. Aly Byorick connected for
10 kills and Amanda Gavin added 10 digs.