Corey J. Corbin
New Castle News
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.
The Lady Wildcats continued their march to the playoffs with a 25-6, 25-8, 25-1 nonsection home victory over Rochester.
Angelina Sibeto served up 15 aces and Christina Rapone handed out 22 assists for Shenango (13-1). Katie Lacey slammed home seven kills.
The Lady Wildcats also won the JV match 25-4, 25-3.
Brooke Chieze tallied seven aces and Jacqui Baker recorded six kills. Sarah Herb finished with 10 assists.
Taylor Frank finished with 27 assists, six points, five digs and four aces to lead the Lady Lancers to a 25-8, 28-26, 25-14 Section 3-A road win over Western Beaver.
Jordan Wethli added a 14-point, 10-kill double-double and chipped in four aces for Neshannock (8-3, 12-3), while Cassidy Burrelli copped 11 points and eight kills.
Tayler Grybowski tacked on six points and four kills and Madison Altmyer contributed 11 points and 10 aces.
The Lady Lancers won the JV match 17-25, 25-16, 15-13.
Ellwood City loses
The Lady Wolverines dropped a 25-14, 25-11, 25-21 Section 1-AA decision to visiting Hopewell.
Susie Blyth paced Ellwood (3-7, 6-7) with nine digs, four kills and three aces and Amber Leech totaled 12 digs. Emily Brown posted 10 assists.
The Lady Wolverines lost the JV match 25-18, 17-25, 15-12.
Allie McKelvey registered seven kills, five digs and five aces and Brown tallied 15 assists. Josalyn Izzo added seven digs.
Calvin Gealy finished in second place with a time of 17:36, but it wasn’t enough as the Greyhounds boys lost 23-34 to Hickory. The Wilmington girls also lost 20-25.
Gealy was followed across the finish line by teammate Jared Masters in 18:06 for fourth. Brett Whitty ran the course in 18:44 for seventh and Ryan Davis was ninth with a time of 19:07.
Rikki Brumbaugh was the top Lady Greyhound to finish with by placing fifth in 21:37. Lexi Brumbaugh recorded a time of 21:43 for sixth and Hannah Winters was seventh in 22:02. Allison Baldwin took eighth in 22:10 and Hannah Drake placed ninth in 22:27.
Neshannock earns playoff spot
The Neshannock High girls soccer team is headed to the playoffs.
The Lady Lancers wrapped up the WPIAL, Section 1-A title with a 1-0 victory over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at Bob Bleggi Stadium yesterday.
Neshannock (10-2-2, 11-2-3) edged Sewickley Academy for the section championship, while New Brighton and Mohawk were third and fourth, respectively, according to Lady Lancers coach Brian McCarthy.
“Tonight was a great victory,” said McCarthy. “I am extremely proud of our team. This section was so competitive and to come out on top is quite a statement by the Lady Lancers. They really wanted it and they made it happen.”
Sydne Slingluff got Neshannock on the board seven minutes into the game by converting Rachel Iorio’s pass off a well-executed free kick into the game’s lone goal.
“This was a physical match with both teams playing tough,” McCarthy said.
Madison McHale made 11 saves for Neshannock.
“We got the early goal and the defense held tight as they have throughout the season,” McCarthy said. “On the season, the defense has recorded nine shutouts and allowed only 10 goals.”
The Lady Greyhounds are one victory away from a District 10, Region 1-A title after blanking visiting West Middlesex 10-0.
Wilmington (8-1, 9-6-1) would clinch a share of the region title with a victory over Mercer tomorrow. A loss would leave the Lady Greyhounds at the mercy of the District 10 tournament committee for a possible at-large berth.
Kyler Lum — who went over the 100 career goal mark two weeks ago — put five more in the net and added an assist.
Anna Hartwell, Linger Williams, Alison Mayes, Mackenzie Smith and Savanah Gerstnecker also scored for Wilmington.
Rachael Huff handed out two assists, while Leann Wynder, Mayes, Katelyn Barnhart, Isabella Sturm, Gerstnecker and Madison Huff were credited with assists.