Lehighton avenges MVC loss
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Sheena White goes up to spike the ball at the net during Tuesday's match against Stroudsburg.
The Lehighton volleyball team is continuing to make a name for itself this season in the Mountain Valley Conference.
Tuesday night was further proof that the program is moving in the right direction as the Indians avenged their lone MVC loss by downing Stroudsburg, 25-18, 25-27, 25-15, 25-15.
"It's an amazing feeling. We've been working really hard in practice for this match," Lehighton coach Rachel Quinn said. "We were really fired up heading into tonight and it showed."
The Indians (8-5, 7-1 MVC) didn't have an easy time with the Mounts by any means as they were consistently challenged in every game on their way to the win.
"The last time we played them, we just really didn't bring our 'A' game," Quinn admitted. "Tonight was a different story."
The Tribe took the first game by a 25-18 score. In the game, they faced an early 6-1 deficit before battling back.
In the second game, Lehighton faced holes of 5-0 and 13-5, before coming back to tie things up at 17 apiece. The Indians eventually held a game point at 25-24, but the Mounts showed their nerve by battling back for a 27-25 win.
In the third game, the score was tied at 8-8 before a 12-2 run took the Indians to a 20-10 advantage. They then cruised to the 25-15 win.
In the final game, the Indians raced out to a 13-5 lead and held on down the stretch for the 25-15 game-winner.
Lehighton bumped its way into the league's limelight with an effort that was evident on every point. Just when Stroudsburg would seem to take advantage and seize momentum in a point, the Indians would come up with some remarkable effort to pilfer the edge and pull out points.
"I think it's a tribute to the girls and their development over four years of being in the program," Quinn attributes. "They watch some of the older players from year's past and have taken it upon them to want to get better."
Lehighton got a number of outstanding individual efforts.
Molly Harleman stepped up with 16 kills and 16 digs. Sheena White drove 12 kills, had nine digs and four aces. Amanda Windbeck had a massive 57 digs in the game. Jessica Lobien chimed in with seven aces, four kills and 19 digs and Lauren McCullion added 27 digs. To round out the team effort, Madeline Zurn contributed 29 assists in the win, with 15 digs and four kills.
Lehighton doesn't have an easy road in front of them, especially when it keeps improving on its way to receiving the "league favorite" label.
"As long as we keep progressing like we have been, stay focused on the goal at hand, and don't get down on ourselves when things don't go our way, we're going to be fine," Quinn said. "It's an awesome feeling and we're really excited to see what happens."
For Stroudsburg, Natasha McLoren had 10 kills and 12 blocks. Morgan Booth added 17 digs in the backcourt effort.
In the JV contest, the Lady Indians pulled out a come-from-behind, 23-25, 25-23, 15-10 preliminary win.