AA Wyoming Valley Conference Champions 18-0
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Presentation of Certificate of Recognition
Pictures of the presentation by Representative John T. Yudichak, 119th Legislative District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives to Ms. Krupinski (Head Coach) in recognition of Greater Nanticoke Area Girls Volleyball 2004 AA League Champions 18-0 record.

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 in Nanticoke

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 four blocks.
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 and Brittany
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).

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 10 digs.
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 digs.

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.


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, 22-25, 15-7.
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 first two."
Corgan was a bit more direct. "We just fell apart in the last game."
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 since 2000.
"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 strong.
A successful season was certainly possible for the talented Trojanettes, but being undefeated is something that took the players a little by surprise.
"Yeah, I'm surprised," said senior Courtenay Pientka. "I knew we had a lot of talent and good coaching, 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

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 playoffs.
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 25-23.
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 game two.
"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 was excellent."
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.


Leading our team in digs
#10 Senior Courtenay Pientka

She has been a 4 year and varsity letter winner of the volleyball team. She is also a member and varsity letter winner of the basketball and soccer teams.
Last year Courtenay was selected a s a first team all-star in both volleyball and soccer and was also selected as the Division III MVP in soccer. She is a part of the academically talented program, youth salute, the student council executive board, the Trojan Tribune Staff, who's who among american high school students, the yearbook staff, the national honor society, and this year's homecoming court.
Courtenay plans to attend college majoring in biology or engineering and hopes to pursue a successful career in either field.

Leading our team in assists
#3 Senior Caitlin Klish

She is a 4 year member of the volleyball team. She also plays soccer in the spring and is a varsity letter winner in both sports. She is involved in the academically talented program, student council executive president, the trojan tribune staff, who's who among american high school students, yearbook staff, and the national honor society.
She hopes to attend any college that will accept her and plans to study engineering at that school.
She hopes all the girls on the team keep kicking buttt and having fun. Most importantly, keeps her tradition going of driving the coaches nuts for years to come.

Teamwork is like baking a cookie, without the sugar, flour, and all the other ingredients in cookies, you wouldn't get the same, good taste. That's how the team would be without the hard work of the players, otherwise known as teamwork.
Every ingredient is different. It has its own special affect on how the cookie tastes. Everyone on the team is different and they have their own value to the team. If you're missing even one little ingredient, the cookie won't taste the same. That's the same thing with teamwork; if you were missing one player, then the team wouldn't be the same. When the ingredients in a cookie all come together, you've got one good tasting cookie. The same thing goes for the team. When all of us come together, you get one great team who can do anything.

-The Freshman-

Brittney Graham, Melanie Laird, Keira Lohman, Jessica Selecky,
Ashley Chado, Kate Souchick, Makella Cormier

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