NEW CASTLE —
The Shenango High volleyball team continues to pull away in section play.
The Lady Wildcats posted a 25-11, 25-22, 25-13 WPIAL Section 3-A win over visiting Neshannock to open the second half of section play.
Shenango (7-0 section, 9-0 overall) was coming off a four-game win over Laurel on Tuesday. The win that night built a two-game lead in the section over the Lady Spartans and the Lady Lancers. Last night’s win bumped the Lady Lancers (4-3, 5-3) to three games back. Laurel (4-2 section) is 2 1/2 games back.
Neshannock pushed Shenango to four games in the first meeting.
“It was really a pleasant surprise tonight,” Lady Wildcats coach Angela Heagy said. “We eliminated all of the hitting errors that we had against Laurel (on Tuesday).
“I feel like tonight was a really big turning point for this team. We were in better control during the match this time against Neshannock.”
Christina Rapone recorded 20 assists for Shenango and Irene Koury added five aces.
Katie Lacey notched seven kills and Jacqui Baker posted three blocks. Jade Esposito scooped up 11 digs.
Nicole Watkins had a .429 hitting percentage with six kills.
Shenango won the JV match 25-13, 25-17.
Valentina Vincent registered seven digs and Sarah Herb added six assists. Brooke Chieze contributed three kills.
The Lady Spartans cruised to a 25-12, 25-10, 25-15 nonsection road win over Lincoln Park.
Mackenzie Mraz posted 11 points, seven kills and seven aces for Laurel (7-3) and Ally Kendall collected 16 points.
Morgan Ritchie registered nine points and 15 assists.
The Lady Spartans won the JV match 25-7, 25-8.
Emily Gibson garnered 23 points and 16 aces for Laurel, while Brittany Kendall was next with six points, three aces and three kills.
Wilmington wins marathon
The Wilmington and Hickory volleyball teams didn’t disappoint last night.
With both teams entering the District 10, Region 3-AA contest undefeated in league play, the Lady Greyhounds (5-0, 7-0) pulled out a thrilling 22-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-13, 15-6 home victory.
“It takes a lot of heart and determination to come back and win a match like that,” Wilmington coach Amber Marett said. “Hickory has a very strong team. They are big and have strong hitters. They are quick on the court.”
Cassidy Marett, the coach’s daughter, led Wilmington with a 22-point, 24-assist, 13-dig triple-double, while adding five kills.
Tessa Sikora added 13 kills, 11 blocks, six digs and three points. Stephanie Parker chipped in 21 digs, 10 points and six kills and Katherine Clark posted 15 points, 15 digs and six kills.
Jamie Thompson had 11 digs and four points and Alana Romeo recorded 13 points and eight digs.
“The game was a exhilarating match from beginning to end,” Amber Marett said. “It was an all-out team effort tonight. They really dug in after losing the first two games. I am really proud of my girls. They laid it all out and it paid off. We had a great fan base tonight and it definitely helped us keep our intensity. We are pretty excited about the win.”
Wilmington lost the JV match 15-25, 25-23, 25-12.
Julia Strobel led the way with eight points, eight digs and seven assists, while Amanda Lewis finished with 10 digs, nine points and three kills. Rachel Vernon added six points, five digs and three kills. Jessica Schlumberger and Sarah Schwenke evenly split eight points and six kills.