NEW CASTLE —
The Laurel High girls volleyball team punched its ticket to the WPIAL playoffs last night.
The Lady Spartans earned a postseason bid with a 25-9, 25-20, 25-16 victory over host Union in WPIAL, Section 3-A action.
“It would have been nice to win the section, but we’re glad we clinched a playoff spot,” first-year Laurel coach Joe Maslyk said. “I told the girls once the section championship was out of reach, there’s no reason we can’t try to go further in the playoffs. When we make the playoffs, we usually lose in the first round, so our goal is to win that first playoff game and go from there.”
Mackenzie Mraz led Laurel (8-3, 11-5) with nine points, six kills and four aces, while Kristan Fedrizzi recorded nine points and seven digs. Callie Ritchie chipped in six points and six kills and Rachael Baker added six kills and eight digs.
Senior Christina Noble paced the Lady Scots (4-7, 6-9) with six digs and four kills, while Morgan Miller registered four digs and three kills. Fellow senior Dacia Neely offered up 11 digs and Tyanna Harris handed out nine assists.
Union won the JV match 25-13, 25-21.
Paige Covelli recorded six points and four kills for Laurel and Megan Reeher handed out six assists.
Lady Greyhounds roll
Wilmington posted an easy 25-15, 25-12, 25-13 District 10, Region 3-AA win over visiting Greenville.
“The team worked at cleaning up their game tonight in their quest for a playoff spot,” Wilmington coach Amber Marett said. “There was better communication and several girls stepped up offensively.”
Cassidy Marett paced the Lady Greyhounds (8-1, 12-1) with a 27-assist, 16-point, 13-dig triple-double, while Tessa Sikora tacked on 15 kills, eight points, seven digs and three blocks.
Katherine Clark tallied 13 digs and four kills and Stephanie Parker chipped in 11 digs and six kills. Alana Romeo finished with four digs and three points and Madeline Whiting registered six points and four kills.
Jamie Thompson (six) and Julia Strobel (five) combined for 11 points.
The Wilmington lost the JV match 25-22, 20-25, 15-12.
Strobel led the way with eight assists, eight digs and five points, while Sarah Schwenke added 10 digs, five points and four kills. Romeo totaled six points, six digs and five assists and Amanda Lewis recorded five points and four kills. Jordan Dye contributed five kills.