Upsets highlight semifinal round of playoffs
Last Thursday night, the Borough of Coaldale morphed into "upset city," as the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission held the semifinals of its co-ed summer sand volleyball league at Black Diamond Park.
Third-seeded VBC Tomahawks-Seniors posted a three-game sweep of second-seeded Valley Athletic Supply, while fifth-seeded Victorious Secret needed four games to knock off top-seed and defending league champion Sandstorm.
Sandstorm and Valley Athletic Supply combined for the last three ESRC volleyball league championships, which assures the crowning of a first-time champion tonight when VBC Tomahawks-Seniors battles Victorious Secret for the ultimate prize.
Valley Athletic Supply-
VBC Tomahawks Seniors
For the second straight year, second seeded Valley Athletic Supply's championship aspirations came to a screeching halt in the semifinal round of the playoffs, as VBC Tomahawks-Seniors posted a 25-22, 25-20, 25-21 sweep.
TJ O'Connor sparked VBC Tomahawks with 11 of his team-high 19 kills in the opening game. O'Connor also added 11 service points, while Marshall Walters chipped in with five kills. In addition, Tia Rex rattled off 13 service points for the Tomahawks.
For Valley Athletic Supply, Zack Lakitsky accounted for nine service points and 11 kills.
Victorious Secret entered its match with Sandstorm as the ultimate underdog, but ended up pulling off one of the biggest upsets in ESRC volleyball history with a 10-25, 25-11, 25-16, 25-21 victory over the defending league champions.
Sandstorm, which lost just one game all season (26-1) cruised to an easy 25-10 victory in the first game of a best-of-five series, but fifth-seeded Victorious Secret somehow found a way to win the next three games.
Angela Rutch had 18 service points, including seven aces to lead Victorious Secret. Meanwhile, Chris Fallabel and Chad Fritzinger tallied 13 kills apiece with Fallabel adding eight service points. Mike Stockmal had eight kills.
For Sandstorm, Kyle Nevenglosky had 18 service points and six kills, while Matt Stewart contributed 14 kills.
THIS WEEK'S PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Thursday, Aug. 15
(at Black Diamond Park in Coaldale)
6 p.m. - VBC Tomahawks-Seniors vs. Victorious Secret