Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The Wilmington High girls volleyball team struggled to get going last night.
The Lady Greyhounds lost to Slippery Rock at home in District 10, Region 3-AA action, 25-16, 25-22, 25-10.
“We were never in the game tonight,” Wilmington coach Amber Marett said. “Mentally and physically, we were outplayed.
“Slippery Rock is a strong team and they did everything right. We couldn’t keep up. We hope this will be the ‘kick’ we need to actually get focused on our game.”
Cassidy Marett led the Lady Greyhounds (0-2 region, 0-3 overall) with 12 assists, nine digs and three points. Tessa Sikora supplied five kills and Stephanie Parker was next with three.
Wilmington lost the JV match as well, 25-19, 25-15.
Sarah Schwenke delivered five points for the Lady Greyhounds, while Jamie Thompson, Madeline Whiting and Amanda Lewis added three apiece.
Mraz paces Laurel
Mackenzie Mraz recorded 13 kills for the Lady Spartans in a 25-18, 25-11, 23-25, 25-16 Section 3-A home win over Western Beaver.
“Mackenzie was unstoppable for us,” Laurel coach Nikki Downing said. “She was hammering the ball. She made little, if any, errors.
“I thought she just looked like an experienced, upperclass player. She finally put it all together and everyone started feeding off her.”
Rachael Baker posted nine points and three aces for the Lady Spartans (4-0, 6-0) and Makayla Dupont produced 32 assists.
Allie Collier delivered nine kills and Ellen Shaffer was next with eight. Leah Telesz chipped in with five kills.
“I thought we played really good,” Downing said. “The third game we were up 15-6 and I took all of my starters out and it didn’t quite work out.
“I let them play it out to show the importance of it. But I thought we played better tonight than we have most nights.”
Laurel won the JV match, 25-13, 25-11.
Makayla Dupont posted eight points and seven aces for the Lady Spartans, while Brittany Kendall supplied six markers and four aces. Callie Ritchie contributed six points and five aces.
Stephanie Telesz notched six points and three aces for the winners.
Lady Wildcats win
Shenango cruised to a 25-15, 25-16, 25-21 Section 3-A home victory over Union.
Christina Rapone recorded 13 assists for Shenango (5-0, 6-0), while Katie Lacey and Paige Cassella added nine kills each. Lacey added eight digs as well.
Nicole Watkins supplied three aces.
Christina Noble posted six digs and three assists for the Lady Scots. Tyanna Harris added nine assists.
Morgan Miller added seven kills for Union (2-2, 3-4) and Allyson Conrad contributed four digs and four kills.
Shenango won the JV match, 25-18, 25-23.
Liz Quahliero registered five kills for the Lady Wildcats. Shelby McCart, Jenna DeLuca and Quahliero all followed with four aces apiece.
Sarah Herb chipped in with 16 assists for the victors.
Lady Wolverines lose in three
Ellwood City Lincoln dropped a 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 25-13 Section 1-AA home match to Beaver.
Angela McCowin paced the Lady Wolverines (1-2, 3-2) with eight blocks , 10 kills and 17 digs, while Isabella Williams contributed 17 assists.
“I think we played well,” Ellwood coach Kim Frampton said. “We’re playing strong. We’re just letting simple mistakes mount and we have to control it.
“We’re coming around, though. We’ve improved so much over the last year.”
Ellwood won the JV match, 25-23, 25-7.
Shaelyn Barrett registered five aces and six digs for the Lady Wolverines. Emily Brown followed with seven assists and Sydney Shurtz was next with four kills.
The Lady Lancers rolled to a 25-3, 25-6, 25-15 Section 3-A home decision over Aliquippa.
Madison Altmyer paced Neshannock (2-2, 3-6) with 21 points, eight aces and five kills. Annalisa Frengel was next with 14 points and nine aces.
Courtney Proctor provided seven points and seven kills, while Taylor Frank was next with 18 assists.
“I thought we played well,” Lady Lancers coach Andrew Frank said. “We worked on some fundamental offensive strategy and it worked out well.
“I got an opportunity to play a number of different girls in different positions. It was a good showing from the team overall.”
The Lady Lancers won the JV match, 25-16, 25-12.
Tayler Grybowski recorded nine points, seven aces and three kills for Neshannock, while Autumn Paolini contributed 10 points.
Kaela Zingaro notched six aces and Cassidy Burrelli chipped in with three aces. Gina Zingaro, Kaela’s twin sister, posted 11 points, four aces and 11 assists.
Neshannock placed third in the Farrell varsity tournament on Saturday.
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