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October 3, 2013

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NEW CASTLE — In Andrew Frank’s short time at Neshannock, the Lady Lancers have never beaten Laurel and Mohawk in the same season.

After picking up the five-game upset of the Lady Spartans on Tuesday night, Neshannock finally pulled off the sweep of its local rivals with a 25-15, 27-25, 25-17 nonsection road volleyball win over Mohawk.

“In the three years that I’ve been coaching here, we haven’t beat Laurel and Mohawk in the same season,” Frank said. “This is a turning point for us. We’re playing aggressively and that’s helping us win games.”

Neshannock (5-3) found itself staring at a 19-9 deficit in the second game before storming back to pick up the 27-25 win.

“It was a beautiful thing to watch,” Frank said. “Statistically, the team that scores 18 points first wins something like 70 percent of the time, so winning that game was quite the feat for us. Mohawk is a quality double-A team. They didn’t lay down and let us win.”

Cassidy Burrelli led the Lady Lancers with a 12-kill, 14-point double-double, while Taylor Frank added 33 assists and five digs. Tayler Grybowski posted eight kills and nine points and Gina Zingaro scored all five of her points on aces.

Jordan Wethli chipped in six kills and eight points and Madison Altmyer recorded five kills and six points.

“My first year here, I let the girls pick the motto and they picked ‘One game at a time,’ ” said Andrew Frank, who is Taylor’s dad. “Basically, we’re moving that way right now. We’re chipping away at the rest of the season one game at a time. I like the way they’re stepping up and coming back from deficits. I have a young group — I only have three seniors — but they’re learning.”

Malea Tress handed out 15 assists in the loss for Mohawk (4-7), while Samantha Carr finished with nine digs and seven kills.

Maria Fleck had five kills and four blocks and Maggie Cosgrove added four kills and three blocks.

Mohawk won the JV match 11-25, 25-11, 15-5.

Victoria Pezzuolo led the Lady Warriors with seven aces and Ashley McConnell contributed seven assists. Riah Yost totaled three kills.

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