By Andrew Petyak and Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Nothing came easy last night for the Ellwood City Lincoln High girls volleyball team.
The Lady Wolverines battled for a 25-21, 33-31, 25-20 WPIAL Section 1-AA road victory over Mohawk.
“It was an exciting match. Mohawk always steps up their game against us,” Ellwood City coach Kim Frampton said. “They made us work for it. We had a lot of strong hits.
“It was just a really even game between the teams.”
Angela McCowin posted five aces, four blocks and 15 kills for Ellwood City (4-6 section, 7-6 overall), while Asia Borders chipped in with three blocks and 12 kills.
Susie Blyth scooped up 21 digs.
Paige Ruby led the Lady Warriors (1-9, 5-10) with three aces and three kills in their season finale. Devon Giancola added eight kills and Malea Tress contributed six assists.
“I think unfortunately our record didn’t reflect what we were capable of doing this year,” Mohawk coach Britney Kwolek said. “We were really close with some of these teams we played. We really battled hard with some of these teams, too.
“Our energy had a lot to do with our game this year. It definitely wasn’t a disappointing season. We had high hopes to do well. We didn’t do as well as we could have, though.”
The Lady Wolverines won the JV match as well, 25-21, 25-19.
Emily Brown recorded 13 assists for Ellwood City and Autumn Kuzmin added eight digs.
Allie McKelvey, Kuzmin and Shae Barrett all slammed four kills each for the winners.
Maggie Cosgrove notched four kills and Jessica Meyer added five assists for Mohawk.
The Lady Spartans cruised to a 25-14, 25-10, 25-14 Section 3-A home win over Union.
Leah Telesz rolled up nine kills, 16 points and seven aces for Laurel (9-2, 13-3) and Allie Collier followed with five kills, 13 points and three aces.
Mackenzie Mraz delivered six kills, 11 points and six aces for the winners, while Makayla Dupont dished out nine points, three aces and 15 assists.
“I thought all of the girls played well,” Lady Spartans coach Nikki Downing said. “This was probably one of their best overall games; there was no stress and everyone was in good spirits.
“The girls are very excited about playing Shenango. It’s a big game, but not as big as it was going to be. It’s about pride now. Hopefully we use it to our advantage and end our regular season on a good note.”
Laurel travels to Shenango (11-0, 14-2) tonight conclude the regular season. Both teams have clinched a WPIAL playoff spot. The WPIAL will announce the postseason pairings Monday and the games will start as early as Tuesday.
Morgan Miller paced the Lady Scots (5-6, 8-8) with three kills and Tyanna Harris added seven assists.
“We came out pretty well,” Union coach Bob Miller said. “We had the lead and control through the halfway point of the first game. But that was it and we couldn’t recover after that.”
Laurel claimed the JV match, 25-14, 25-20.
The Lady Greyhounds defeated Greenville in a District 10, Region 3-AA road matchup, 25-11, 25-13, 17-25, 25-15.
“The team played a little better tonight,” Wilmington coach Amber Marett said. “Our serving was more aggressive and we covered our hitters better.
“We still need to work on closing strong.”
Lexi Ligo delivered 11 points and 20 digs for the Lady Greyhounds (5-4, 8-5) and Stephanie Parker was next with 11 points, 11 digs and five kills.
Abby Sotter supplied 10 points, six kills and seven digs for the winners and Katherine Clark collected nine markers and six digs. Cassidy Marett registered 24 assists, seven digs and four points, while Tessa Sikora added 14 kills, eight digs and five points.
Wilmington lost the JV match, 25-8, 25-15.
Jamie Thompson tallied six assists and three points for the Lady Greyhounds.
Neshannock coach Andrew Frank made a point to get his seniors the ball.
The Lady Lancers (7-4) cruised to a Section 3-A win against visiting Western Beaver, 25-14, 25-8, 25-11, on the teams senior night.
“I was trying to key on those seniors,” Frank said. “I was looking for the other girls to put some sets out for them and letting them have some good hits on the kill.”
Sophomore Taylor Frank contributed to that cause, setting up seniors Katelyn Burrelli, Rayanna Furst, and Melissa Derosa with a team-high 30 assists.
“Our three seniors had an outstanding year,” Frank said. “They did nothing but improve from the beginning of the year to the end. I’m very proud of them.”
Burrelli shined with 17 points, four aces, and five kills. Furst followed with 13 points, five aces, and six kills. Derosa finished with three points and seven digs. Jordan Wethli added four points, three aces, and six kills. Taylor Frank, the coach’s daughter, had seven points and six aces to go along with her assists.
“Going into the last game of the season at Union, we’re looking to be competitive and get a win,” Andrew Frank said. “It should hopefully push us to the next level.”
The Lady Lancers’ JV team won, 25-6, 25-6.
Tayler Grybowski scored 25 points with 11 aces to lead the team. Autumn Paolini was next with 10 points and six aces. Cassidy Burrelli had six kills.
Boys cross country
Thomas leads ’Hounds
Jared Thomas finished sixth for Wilmington in a 15-46 loss to Hickory.
Thomas posted a time of 18:14. Calvin Gealy was next for the Greyhounds in seventh with a time of 18:20.
Girls cross country
Brumbaugh takes third
Wilmington’s Rikki Brumbaugh finished third in a 24-33 loss to Hickory.
Brumbaugh tallied a time of 21:02. Allison Baldwin finished fifth for the Lady Greyhounds in 21:40 and Kate Robb was sixth in 22:08. Hannah Drake took seventh in 22:20.
Wilmington’s Lexi Brumbaugh won the junior high race in a course-record time of 9:50.