Fillies and Bears stay unbeaten in girls volleyball league competition
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Lyndsay Kusko makes a diving save during Panther Valley's match against Blue Mountain on Tuesday night. The Eagles won in four games.
Marian and Pleasant Valley stayed unbeaten in league competition ingirls volleyball action on Tuesday.
In a battle of Schuylkill League Division leaders, Marian dominated Tri-Valey and rolled to a 25-14, 25-13, 25-7 victory.
The Fillies, who lead Division 4 with a 7-0 record, got another outstanding performance by sophomore middle hitter Marykate Sherkness. Sherkness, who already has 200 kills this season, had 16 more against Division 3 leading Tri-Valley. She also added nine digs.
Other Marian players who played well were Rachel Krajcirik (23 assists, seven digs); Taylor Mele (seven digs, five kills, two aces)Nikki Collevechio (16 service points, two aces, two digs); Katie Collevechio (13 service points, five aces, four digs); Tori Vadyak (five kills); Kathleen Reilly (three kills, two blocks); Laura Cinicola (three blocks, two kills); and Cathleen Cataldo (11 digs).
Marian won the JV match, 2-0.
Pleasant Valley remained undefeated in the Mountain Valley Conference by sweeping Stroudsburg 25-17, 25-13, 25-20.
Beanna Joseph led the Bears at the net with 10 kills and three blocks. Also playing well for PV were Kayla Dorney (six kills, seven digs, two aces); Brittni Cumberland (13 assists); Kaitlin Raseley (six kills); MacKenzie Dorney (nine digs); Andrea Giardina (five digs, three aces); and Emily Shafer (three assists).
The Bears are now 6-0 in MVC play.
Tamaqua swept Halifax, 25-21,25-17,25-23, in a Schuylkill League match.
Sarah Lesisko had a big night at the service line for the Raiders with 15 points and six aces.
Also contributing to the Tamaqua victory were Paige Baddick (11 assists, four service points); Stacey Wallace: (seven service points, three aces, three kills, two blocks) and Sarah Paluck (five kills, two service points)
Halifax won the JV match 2-0.
Weatherly swept Minersville, 25-18, 25-9, 25-21 behind a strong performance from Brittany Hinkle.
Hinkle had 12 kills, 18 digs and two blocks to lead the Wreckers (7-3, 3-3) to the Schuylkill League win.
Also playing well for Weatherly were Sarah Dolinsky (12 digs, seven kills, three blocks); Rachel Heister (21 assists, four digs); Alyssa Kephart (seven digs, five aces, four kills, three assists), Samantha Strizak (12 digs, three aces); and Alicia Panzarella (nine digs, two assists).
Weatherly won the JV match, 25-22, 25-15.
Blue Mt.-Panther Vy.
Panther Valley pushed Blue Mountain to the limit in its first two games of their Schuylkill League match, but ended up being swept, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16.
Chrissy Micholik led the Panthers at the net with 10 kills. Amy Yusella and Steph Kachelries added seven kills apiece while Deanna Focht added three. Lyndsay Kusko had a solid all-around game with six service points and 12 digs. Sarah Branchide (eight points) and Celene Yelito (seven points) led the way at the service line while Kristyn Gates had a strong defensive effort with nine digs.
Blue Mountain won the JV match, 25-16, 25-17.
The Cardinals rolled to a win over the Olympians in three games by scores of 8-25, 14-25, 23-25.
Pine Grove also won the JV game 12-25, 25-17, 24-26.
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Jim Thorpe dominated both singles and doubles play to breeze to a 6-1 non-league win over Pottsville.
The Olympians (5-10) won four of the five singles matches as Ellen Tomko, Anna Domingo, Marissa Farra and Kasey Herman all posted sweeps.
The Jim Thorpe doubles teams of Katie Jones/Kearsen Meckes and Sabrina Catalano/Jackie Jackowski also rolled to easy pro set wins.
Jim Thorpe 6, Pottsville 1
Ellen Tomko (JT) def. Hannah Goodman, 6-0, 6-1; Anna Domingo (JT) def. Ali Lecher, 6-1, 6-0; Marissa Farra (JT) def. Jacquis Lenick, 6-0, 7-5; Kasey Herman (JT) def. Kaitlyn McDonald, 6-1, 3-6, 10-8 (tie-breaker); Megan McCord (P) def. Carly Marzen, 8-4.
Katie Jones/Kearsen Meckes (JT) def. Kaitlyn Smith/Stephanie Specter, 8-0; Sabrina Catalano/Jackie Jackowski (JT) def. Kailee Omoskie/Devon Muncy, 8-2.
Nativity blanked Jim Thorpe, 2-0, in Schuylkill league action.
Devin Heckman and Dominic Trimboli had the Hilltoppers' goals.
The Olympians held a 23-20 edge in shots. Jim Thorpe goalie Justin Kaminski made 16 saves.