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ROUNDUP: Blue Ridge, Trail post Lackawanna girls volleyball wins

Blue Ridge and Lackawanna Trail traded divisions in Lackawanna League girls volleyball for this season.

Now, they are threatening to rule their new divisions.

Both teams moved to 2-0 with victories Tuesday, making them sole leaders of their divisions.

All but one of the 11 Lackawanna League teams have started their seasons and of the 10 who have played, only Blue Ridge and Lackawanna Trail have not suffered a loss.

Blue Ridge, now the Division 1 leader after running away with the Division 2 title last season, handled what could be one of its top challenges when it defeated visiting North Pocono in four sets.

The Lady Raiders recovered quickly from dropping to third set and finished off a 25-13, 25-22, 18-25, 25-10 victory.

Kate Spencer and Foxlynn King had nine kills each to lead Blue Ridge.

Spencer led the team with 21 digs and also had three aces. King had three blocks.

Libby Zick had 29 assists and 6 aces.

Leigha McCain had 15 digs and Emma Button had 14.

Kaelynn Brant had six kills.

Kelsi Howe added five kills and three aces.

As both the smallest school, by enrollment, and the last-place finisher in Division 1 in 2021, Lackawanna Trail was the natural choice to switch places with Blue Ridge to keep some balance between divisions.

Lackawanna Trail now leads that division after taking that lead away from Susquehanna with a three-set sweep.

Mountain View swept Forest City and Montrose beat Elk Lake in four sets in other Lackawanna matches.

With the win, Mountain View moved into tie for second in Division 2 with Susquehanna at 2-1.

Jazmyne Bates had 27 service points, including 12 aces, as Delaware Valley opened defense of its Wyoming Valley Conference title with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-15 sweep of Hazleton Area.

Emily Henn had 12 kills, 8 points and 4 aces. Olivia Conza had 22 assists and Ashlyn Oliver contributed 4 kills.

In other WVC matches; Holy Redeemer swept Wilkes-Barre Area; Nanticoke swept MMI Prep and Wyoming Valley West defeated Hanover Area in four sets.

Kaylee Gryboski had 12 kills, 7 points, 2 aces and 2 blocks to lead Holy Redeemer to a 25-9, 25-8, 25-14 romp.

Oliva Bilbow had 21 points, 5 aces, 4 kills and 14 assists.

Megan Albrecht had 11 points, 6 assists, 3 kills and 2 digs.


The Wyoming Valley Conference season got underway with a single Division 2 game in which Abington Heights routed Berwick, 9-0.

Caroline Pease and Kaylyn Elliot scored two goals each in the win.

Terese Ciaccia scored off an assist from Ava Klopp in overtime to defeat Lewisburg, 2-1.

Sage Morgan had given Lake-Lehman a 1-0 lead when she scored on an extended penalty corner with time expired in the first half.

In other non-league games: Lackawanna Trail shut out Northwest, 9-0; and Wyoming Valley West blanked Shikellamy, 1-0.


Owen Rowlands scored two first-half goals to lead Wyoming Seminary past Lake-Lehman, 4-1, in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 game between ranked teams.

Wyoming Seminary was the No. 1 Small School in the preseason Riverfront United Super Six Soccer Power Rankings of District 2 teams.


Eva Canevari had a hat trick as Valley View routed Scranton, 8-0, in a Lackawanna League Division 1 game.

Elizabeth Viglone and Calaen Gallagher each scored twice as Dallas shut out Scranton Prep in a non-league game.

The other non-league games all ended in shutouts – North Pocono 1-0 over Nanticoke, Abington Heights 6-0 over Mountain View, Western Wayne 9-0 over Holy Cross, Wyalusing Valley 7-0 over Elk Lake and Bloomsburg 1-0 over Wyoming Valley West.

Amelia Maros scored the only North Pocono goal.

Lilia Calvert scored twice for Abington Heights.


Aidan Montross shot a 5-over-par, 42 on the front nine at Shadowbrook Golf Resort to lead Tunkhannock past Pittston Area, 173-200.

Chase Wenrich added a 43 while Dayton Kondrovy and Ethan Tench shot 44s.

Matt Mesaris shot a 45 to lead Pittston Area.

Abington Heights maintained the Lackawanna League Division 1 lead with an 8-1 victory over West Scranton.

Robby Lucas, Conner Abel, Will Herold, Phillip Mathews and Finn Goldberg all won in both singles and better-ball.

Mid Valley defeated Elk Lake, 8½-½ in Lack4awanna Division 2.

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