NEW CASTLE —
The Laurel High girls volleyball team kept pace in the section standings last night.
The Lady Spartans knocked off Neshannock in a WPIAL Section 3-A home match, 25-20, 25-16, 16-25, 25-20.
Laurel (8-1 section, 10-2 overall) trails only section-leading Shenango (8-0, 10-1).
Leah Telesz led Laurel with four digs, seven kills, nine points and three aces, while Rachael Baker chipped in with five digs and eight points.
Ellen Shaffer posted six kills and five blocks for the winners, and Mackenzie Mraz added eight points and 12 kills.
Makayla Dupont delivered 19 assists, Kristan Fedrizzi followed with 13 digs and Allie Collier was next with seven kills.
“I thought the girls played pretty consistent,” Lady Spartans coach Nikki Downing said. “It seemed like my key players came through again. We still struggle with closing out the games quickly, though.”
Rayanna Furst led the Lady Lancers with six points and four kills. Katie Burrelli was next with four points.
Anna Muraca followed with four points and three kills for Neshannock and Taylor Frank chipped in with 27 assists and six points.
“It’s always a good effort from the girls against teams like Shenango and Laurel,” Lady Lancers coach Andrew Frank said. “They played very competitively in the third and fourth games, and we took a game from them.
“I thought it went back and forth. But we were the team that made more mistakes and we came out on the losing end.”
Laurel won the JV match as well, 25-10, 25-15.
Allyson Kendall paced the Lady Spartans with nine points and Makenna Natale followed with five points and five kills. Callie Ritchie cashed in five kills and four digs as well.
The Lady Wildcats posted a 25-8, 25-17, 25-18 Section 3-A home decision over Beaver County Christian.
Katie Lacey recorded eight kills and four blocks for Shenango. Sophia Koury was next with four blocks.
Christina Rapone delivered 13 assists.
The Lady Wildcats won the JV match, 25-11, 25-15.
Liz Quahliero supplied five kills for Shenango and Sarah Herb handed out 14 assists.