New Castle News

Fall Sports Report

September 21, 2012

A roundup of action from Sept. 20

NEW CASTLE — The Laurel High girls volleyball team remains on a roll.

Mackenzie Mraz rolled up 14 points, seven aces and six kills for the Lady Spartans in a 25-15, 25-21, 25-11 WPIAL Section 3-A road victory over Union last night.

Laurel remained unbeaten, upping its mark to 5-0 in the section and 7-0 overall.

“I thought we played better,” Lady Spartans coach Nikki Downing said. “I thought the girls played good the first and third games. They seemed pumped up.

“Mackenzie has just been on fire lately. She’s a leader and she makes little, if any, mistakes. She’s really aggressive at the net.”

Kristan Fedrizzi contributed 14 points, 14 digs and four aces for Laurel, while Rachael Baker added 10 points, five kills and four aces.

Makayla Dupont chipped in with nine points, 23 assists and three aces. Leah Telesz spiked five kills and Ellen Shaffer was next with four.

The Lady Spartans are gearing up for their next match, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, when they host Shenango (5-0 in section) in league action. The teams are tied for the section lead.

“I think every game the girls are looking toward the Shenango game,” Downing said. “That will be a big game.

“I’m excited for it because I’m the underdog and I’m OK with that. For me, it’s not only a chance to go out and show what we can do. But I’ll know regardless of the outcome, we’ll be a better team for the next time we see them.”

Dacia Neely posted five digs for the Lady Scots (2-3, 3-5).

“I think the first two games, we had the lead halfway through,” Union coach Bob Miller said. “We just can’t put a whole game together.

“We just kind of lost momentum. We’re getting there, though. But we just need to put a complete game together.”

Laurel won the JV match as well, 25-21, 25-19.

Morgan Ritchie registered 14 assists for the Lady Spartans and Callie Ritchie was next with nine points, four aces and five kills.

Brittany Kendall tossed in 10 points and Allyson Kendall posted four.

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