By Ron Poniewasz Jr. and Corey J. Corbin
New Castle News
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.
Leech serves up win
Amber Leech scored the first 19 points of the third game as Ellwood City Lincoln rolled to a 25-20, 25-8, 25-5 nonsection win over visiting Freedom.
Leech finished with 11 aces, 10 digs, four kills and four assists for the Lady Wolverines (4-4).
“She was playing out of her mind — it was great,” Ellwood City coach Kim Frampton said. “She was killing it with her serves. The crowd gave her a round of applause at the end. That was nice for her.”
Emily Brown contributed nine assists and five kills, while Bailey McKinney added five kills. Allie McKelvey finished with three blocks.
Ellwood City also won the JV match 25-19, 25-20. Erika Walley and Geena DeCaria had eight and six kills, respectively, while Sydney Shurtz handed out seven assists.
The Lady Warriors dropped their Section 1-AA home match to Beaver Falls 21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20.
Mohawk is 2-5 in the section and 4-5 overall.
No varsity stats were reported.
The Lady Warriors posted a 25-16, 25-9 win in JV action. Victoria Pezzuolo finished with eight aces and four kills, while Ashley McConnell added four aces and five assists.
Lucas Villani carded a 36 to lead Shenango to a 200-218 Section 5, Division 2 win over Neshannock at Castle Hills on the front nine.
Tyler Booher and Paul Turco both shot a 39 for the Wildcats, while Rocco Fiorilli was next with a 40. Matt Benson tallied a 46.
Chris Egbert paced the Lancers (8-3, 9-4) with a 38 and Marissa Kirkwood added a 41. Jacob Senchak supplied a 44, Mike Rozzi recorded a 46 and Grant Weaver notched a 47.
Lady Lancers in first
Neshannock moved into a first-place tie with Sewickley Academy in Section 1-A with a 2-1 road win over Quigley Catholic.
The Lady Lancers (5-1-2, 6-1-3) scored twice in the second half after Quigley Catholic took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Annie Litrenta knotted the score at 1 early in the second half off an assist from Kelly Cournan and scored the game-winner on a corner kick.
Madison McHale provided 10 saves in goal for Neshannock.
Lady ’Hounds fall
Wilmington dropped a 4-1 District 10, Region 1-AA road match to Hickory.
Alanna Elliott (No. 1 singles) captured the lone win for the Lady Greyhounds (7-5, 7-5).
Following are the results:
Hickory 4, Hickory 1
1. Alanna Elliott (W) def. Anna Derloni 6-0, 6-0.
2. Marissa Works (H def. Alexis Donati 6-2, 6-0.
3. Lauren McGonigle (H) def. Nikki McCown 6-3, 6-0.
1. Rachel Mettee/Nikki Marrone (H) def. Lydea Kraynak/Holly Vernon 6-3, 6-0.
2. Bailey McLaughlin/Annalise Bianco (H) def. Taylor Cox/Allyson Krupa 6-4, 6=2.
1. Lydei Zoeller/Marissa Litzenberg (W) lost 6-0.
2. Chelsea Rogel/Mackenzie Drottleff (W) lost 6-3.
3. Kaitlyn Meyer/Emily Mayes (W) won 6-4.
Lady Lancers lose
Neshannock won both doubles matches but couldn’t come through in singles action in a 3-2 Section 2-AA loss to Beaver at Pearson Park.
The match was the third annual Coaches vs. Cancer event held by Neshannock.
The doubles tandems of Gabby Giangiuli/Maria Acosta (No. 1) and Erin Warvell/Anna Warvell (No. 2) were victorious for the Lady Lancers (7-4, 7-4).
Following are the results:
Beaver 3, Neshannock 2
1. Mariah Bridges (B) def. Alex Huffman 6-2, 6-0.
2. Mattie Taylor (B) def. Cecelia Weingart 6-1, 6-2.
3. Anne Taylor (B) def. Meg Johntony 6-3, 6-3.
1. Gabby Giangiuli/Maria Acosta (N) def. Katherine Deitrick/Marissa Mamone 6-4, 6-1.
2. Erin Warvell/Anna Warvell (N) def. Kaylee Mateer/Grace Covatto 7-6, 6-3.
1. Arti-Anna Ribarevski/Anjuli Ribarevski (N) won 6-1.
2. Madison Jones/Aleesha Berkley (N) won 6-2.