Thorpe falls to Mahanoy
Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe's Mackenzie Walck and Mahanoy Area's Brooke Kufrovich battle at the net during Thursday's volleyball match.
Jim Thorpe showed fight, they showed they didn't want to go quietly into the night, but in the end too many mistakes kept the Lady Olympians from victory.
Mahanoy Area took advantage of Thorpe's errors on the night to come away with 3-0 Division 1/2 victory, winning 25-21, 25-18, 25-23.
Talent wise Jim Thorpe stuck with the Bears throughout the evening, but the Olympians just couldn't get away from shooting themselves in the foot.
In the first set, Mahanoy jumped out to a 10-3 lead after two kills by Noel Kaufman and a pair of aces by Rylee Kane. After a host of errors by Thorpe, Mahanoy continued to take advantage in the first, extending their lead to 21-13. As they did throughout the night, Jim Thorpe would reveal their talent when their back was against the wall, storming back to close within three. An Erin Shigo kill gave Thorpe some last hope bringing the score in the set to 24-21, still in Mahanoy's favor, but JT's errors were just too much for them to overcome. All in all, the Olympians committed nine errors in the first set.
"In Volleyball, whichever team makes the least amount of mistakes, that's the team that's going to win," said Mahanoy coach Sarah Behler. "I preach that to our girls all the time. We also teach that if you make a mistake you have to go out there and fix it, know what you did wrong, and correct it. If you hit the ball out of bounds then you need to make sure on that next hit you get the ball in. Our girls did that tonight and they played a great team game and got a nice team win."
The second set was the least competitive set in the match as Jim Thorpe once again committed nine errors. Communication also looked to be a problem for the Olympians on the night and it definitely contributed to their struggles.
"To be honest I don't know what the problem was tonight," said Jim Thorpe coach Erin Kuhn. "This is a definite setback for us because communication wise we were getting better. So, we just have to continue to keep working and obviously our communication has to improve moving forward."
Jim Thorpe looked like they were going to take the third set as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then carried that momentum, leading 15-11 mid-way through the frame. Jocelyn DeMarco was huge for the Olympians in the third set, coming up with four aces and two kills. JT continued to hold the lead, holding a 23-21 advantage until once again Thorpe errors killed their chances. A service error and two more errors during play helped Mahanoy go on a late run, securing the set 25-23 and the match 3-0.
"Moving forward we just have to communicate better," said Kuhn. "Our back row needs to play better and we need to be more consistent setting the ball. We also need to stretch the ball more and cut down on our over passing. On the positive side our girls did show fight tonight and we have a great bunch here. We'll get back to work at practice, we'll get better, and fix what we need to fix."
Mahanoy Area's Noel Kaufman was the high scorer on the night recording seven kills, two aces, and four blocks.