By Ron Poniewasz Jr. and Corey J. Corbin
New Castle News
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.
Tessa Sikora recorded 18 kills, 15 digs and four blocks as the host Lady Greyhounds handed Shenango its first loss of the season with a 25-15, 25-8, 26-24 in nonsection action.
Alana Romeo scored 12 points and Cassidy Marett added 26 assists, 11 points and seven digs for Wilmington. Stephanie Parker tallied 17 digs, six points and four kills and Katherine Clark finished with nine points and seven digs.
Jamie Thompson posted 16 digs and Madeline Whiting added five kills for Wilmington (10-0).
“The girls played together tonight and put on a strong showing,” said Wilmington coach Amber Marett, who doubles as Cassidy’s mom. “We worked on correcting some of the areas we were struggling in and it showed. It was great to see them play as a team and with some desire.”
Jade Esposito led the Lady Wildcats (10-1) with 19 digs, while Christina Rapone handed out 18 assists and Nicole Watkins finished with six kills.
Shenango won the JV match 25-12, 25-21.
Sarah Herb recorded 12 assists to pace the Lady Wildcats. Brooke Tanner posted four kills and Shelby McCart finished with three aces.
Jessica Schlumberger scored six points for the Lady Greyhounds, while Julia Strobel added five digs and four points. Jordan Dye totaled six digs and three points and Amanda Lewis had nine digs and three kills.
Matt Balczon scored three times to lead the Greyhounds to a 5-2 District 10, Region 3-AA road victory over Franklin.
“He fueled us tonight,” Wilmington coach Christian Davoli said. “Franklin didn’t have a match for him. Typically, other teams use double teams on him, but tonight, they gave him freedom and he used his skill set.”
Ryan DiLullo scored a goal and assisted on another, while Travis Brumbaugh also scored for Wilmington (4-1, 7-2).
Buddy Wynder and James Gardner were credited with assists.
Derek Nichols made three saves in goal for the Greyhounds.
Mikala Mangino and Mackenzie Shaffer scored two goals each to lead Mohawk to a 5-1 Section 1-A home win over Freedom.
Asheli Freed added the other goal for the Lady Warriors (7-4, 8-6).
Missy Mangino, Ayla Chapman, Freed and Corey Mitchell posted one assist apiece for the winners.
“Aliya Gage played a great game in goal for us,” first-year Mohawk coach Lisa Kwolek said. “I’m pleased with how our offense performed, too.”
The win avenged a 6-5 loss to the Lady Bulldogs earlier in the season.
The Lady Lancers fell to WPIAL Section 1-A power Sewickley Academy, 1-0.
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