Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
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.
Ellwood City lost to Hopewell in Section 1-AA play on the road, 25-13, 25-8, 25-19.
Isabella Williams led the Lady Wolverines (1-3, 3-3) with 15 assists and Asia Borders added five blocks and five kills.
Susie Blyth contributed 14 digs.
Ellwood City lost the JV match as well, 25-17, 25-20.
Emily Brown recorded eight assists for the Lady Wolverines and Bailey McKinney chipped in with five kills.
Autumn Kuzmin was next with eight digs.
Lady Wildcats survive
Shenango held off Serra Catholic in nonsection action at home, 23-25, 25-14, 25-21, 22-25, 15-10.
Christina Rapone led the Lady Wildcats (7-0) with 18 assists and Jade Esposito chipped in with 19 digs.
Amanda Herb and Paige Cassella provided 10 blocks apiece for Shenango. Sophia Koury paced the Lady Wildcats with 12 kills.
“I’m just very proud of them for earning their third win in a week,” first-year Lady Wildcats coach Angela Heagy said. “It’s not easy getting three wins in a week. Tonight, they learned to not only step up and come through for a win, but playing hard in a really competitive match. I’m very proud of how they performed.
“We’re taking it one day at a time. We know Laurel is up next for us. It comes up at practice a lot. But they’ve been doing a great job getting the present job at hand done.”
Shenango won the JV match, 25-15, 25-14.
Jenna DeLuca recorded six kills for the Lady Wildcats and Sarah Herb added 20 assists.
Shelby McCart scooped up six digs.
Neshannock knocked off Western Beaver in Section 3-A action on the road, 25-14, 25-17, 25-19.
Madison Altmyer registered 14 points and 12 aces for the Lady Lancers (3-2, 4-7), and Rayanna Furst added five points and seven kills.
Taylor Frank followed with 25 assists 11 points and six aces.
“We played consistent against Western Beaver,” Neshannock coach Andrew Frank said. “We’re still working some things out with our offense.
“Overall, the girls are starting to become more consistent in the way they’re playing and it’s paying off in wins.”
Neshannock won the JV match, 25-7, 25-17.
Tayler Grybowski garnered four kills and seven aces for the Lady Lancers. Cassidy Burrelli chipped in with five kills and Gina Zingaro added 10 assists.
Cassidy Marett supplied 14 points, 37 assists and 16 digs for the Lady Greyhounds in a 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22 District 10, Region 3-AA home victory over Greenville.
“It was good to get a win under our belts,” Lady Greyhounds coach Amber Marett said. “The girls responded well to some frank talk and serious practice; they stepped up tonight.
“We have a ways to go, but it is always good to get a win.”
Katherine Clark contributed 10 points, 10 digs and five kills for Wilmington (1-2, 1-3), and Stephanie Parker provided nine points, 12 digs and five kills.
Abby Sotter notched eight points, eight kills, six digs and three kills for the victors, while Jamie Thompson delivered four points and seven digs.
Tessa Sikora slammed 12 kills.
The Lady Greyhounds lost the JV match, 25-16, 24-26, 15-11.
Alana Romeo delivered 10 points and 10 digs for Wilmington, while Julie Falvo provided six points and five kills. Sarah Schwenke was next with five points.
Jamie Thompson chipped in with 11 assists and eight digs. Rachel Vernon added four points, three kills and three digs.
Darren Carone and Tyler Settle both shot a 36 to lift the Wildcats to a 191-216 Section 5, Division 2 victory over Laurel at Sylvan Heights Golf Course.
Matt DeAngelo was next for Shenango (8-1, 9-2) with a 38 and Paul Turco added a 40. Lucas Villani chipped in with a 41.
“I was quite pleased with Settle’s effort,” Wildcats coach John Dado said. “It was a big match for us and it was a big match for Laurel as well.”
Shane Wilson and Brady Crawford each fired a 42 for the Spartans (6-3) and Cody Crawford followed with a 43. Nick Peluso contributed a 44 and Ben Armando chipped in with a 45.
Marissa Kirkwood fired a 38 to lead Neshannock to a 198-241 Section 5, Division 2 victory over Ellwood City at Del Mar Golf Course.
Mike Maciarello was next for the Lancers (8-1, 9-2) with a 39, while Walt DeMase and Matt Cioffi each scored a 40. Max Watters contributed a 41.
Kirkwood was coming off her first-place effort Wednesday in the WPIAL Section 5-AA girls qualifier at Kittanning Country Club, where she shot a 79.
“It was just good to see that Marissa is continuing to play well,” said Neshannock coach Mike Kirkwood, who is Marissa’s dad. “It was her first time playing at Del Mar.
“All of our scores were low as a team. It’s good to see all of us are playing a little bit better. We hit a lot of fairways, but we didn’t putt as well as I would have liked.”
Michael Rue and Justin Baney both led the Wolverines with a 46 apiece. Derek Baker posted a 49, R.J. Leisie contributed a 50 and Alexander Krosovic followed with a 51.
’Canes shut out
No New Castle player qualified for the WPIAL Championship. The top five at the Section 5-AAA qualifier at Black Hawk Golf Course, plus golfers that shot an 82 or under, moved on.
Nick Malizia was the highest finisher for the ’Canes, placing 20th with a 45-40—85.
Lady ’Hounds hold on
Wilmington slipped past Greenville on the road in District 10, Region 1-AA action, 3-2.
Lauren Barber (No. 2) and Alanna Elliott (No. 3) recorded singles wins for Wilmington (8-3, 8-3).
The doubles tandem of Nikki McCown/Alexis Donati (No. 1) also scored a victory. The duo of McCown/Donati secured the win in the match with a 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (9-7) decision, which lasted 2 hours, 45 minutes.
The Lady Greyhounds’ Katie Chase had to forfeit her match after suffering an ankle injury. She lost the first set, 7-6 (7-3).
“It was a good win, but it was a tough win. We probably lost Katie Chase for the rest of the season with an ankle injury,” Wilmington coach Jim Arrow said. “That’s a big loss.
“That doubles marathon, that was a good win for those girls. They’re both young girls. Greenville really played good tennis.”
Following are the results:
Wilmington 3, Greenville 2
1. Jessica Burnett (G) def. Katie Chase 7-6 (7-3), won by forfeit.
2. Lauren Barber (W) def. Amanda Dawes 6-0, 6-2.
3. Alanna Elliott (W) def. Brook Marini 6-0, 6-0.
1. Nikki McCown/Alexis Donati (W) def. Kaela Reinhart/Cameron Leary 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (9-7).
2. Casslyn Holder/Jessica Fenton (G) def. Rebeccah Swerdlow/Lydea Kraynak 6-3, 6-2.
1. Cheyenne George (W) lost 7-5.
2. Holly Vernon/Kaitlyn Meyers (W) lost 6-3.
Wilmington posts shutout
Lady Greyhounds goalkeeper Anna Miller recorded five saves in net in a District 10, Region 1-A 3-0 home victory over Kennedy Catholic.
Kyler Lum scored two first-half goals for Wilmington (2-0, 2-4). Sarah Slonaker added a goal in the second half for the winners.
The Lady Greyhounds won the JV game, 2-0.
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