Bulldogs rebound, sweep Nativity

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HEGINS - Taylor Troutman doesn't like to lose. She hates it, with a passion.

The Tri-Valley senior showed that fire and intensity at key moments in a key Schuylkill League Division III-IV volleyball contest September 27 against Nativity.

An outside hitter, Troutman and fellow senior Tara Nahodil took over the end of each set as the Dawgs swept the Green Wave 26-24, 25-20, 25-18.

The victory, which comes on the heels of a loss to Marian on September 25, keeps defending league champion Tri-Valley (9-1, 7-1 D-III) three games ahead of Halifax (6-4, 4-4) in the Division III race.

"I don't take losing very well," Troutman said with a smile. "And I don't like it when I play badly.

"I like helping the team, because you win as a team. We have high goals, and people have to step up for us to achieve them. I hope I can do that when I have to."

Nativity (7-2, 6-2 D-IV), which entered Thursday's clash on a seven-match win streak, battled Tri-Valley tough in each set, leading 20-19 in each of the first two sets and tying the Dawgs at 15 in the third set.

It was at that point in each set that Troutman and Nahodil took over.

In the first set, two tips by Troutman and two kills by Nahodil forged a 24-24 tie, and the Dawgs captured the set on kills by Nahodil and Jordan Schwalm.

In the second set, Troutman served the final six points, including two aces. Nahodil had three kills in the 6-0, set-closing run.

In the final set, Troutman had five kills down the stretch, including three straight that turned a 17-16 Tri-Valley lead into a 20-16 cushion.

Nahodil finished with 18 kills and five blocks, while Troutman had 13 kills and three aces. Haley Deibert was the pacesetter for the dominating hits by Troutman and Nahodil, dishing out 28 assists.

"They want the ball all the time," Tri-Valley coach

Heather Drumheller said of Troutman and Nahodil. "Haley knows that, and she does a good job of getting the ball to whoever is on.

"Taylor and Tara ... they're my seniors and they're leaders on the court. They know when to put the ball down."

The win over Nativity was perhaps Tri-Valley's last tough match of the regular season, except for a non-league clash at Division I leader Pottsville on October 8.

Drumheller said her Dawgs had to quickly put last Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Marian out of their minds with Nativity on tap two days later.

"(Wednesday) at practice we talked with the girls about it, and we knew we needed to be ready for Nativity," Drumheller said. "There's nothing we can do about (the loss), and we moved on because we knew we had to worry about Nativity."

The loss dropped Nativity two games behind Marian (8-0, 7-0 D-IV) in the Division IV race, a position the Green Wave were in a year ago after regular-season losses to the Fillies and Tri-Valley.

Samantha Pogash had 11 kills and Megan Curry notched nine for Nativity.

"They're a phenomenal team," Nativity coach Jennifer Daubert said of Tri-Valley. "Their experienced girls stepped up to the plate when they had to. There's a reason they were the league champs last year.

"I thought we executed, but we had breakdowns at key moments. Our serving didn't help us.

"There's no questioning our effort ... our girls left everything out on the floor. We continue to be a work in progress, and our goal is to get better each and every game."

Shamokin 3

Wms. Valley 0

COAL TOWNSHIP - Desiree Ferron tallied seven service points and four kills but the Vikings dropped a 25-23, 25-10, 25-15 non-league match to the Indians (5-3).

Tiana Yanoscak added five points, two aces and seven digs for Williams Valley (4-8), while Megan Ebersole had six service points and two kills.

Tri-Valley 3

Mahanoy Area 0

MAHANOY CITY - Tara Nahodil notched 20 kills and Haley Deibert collected 39 assists as the Dawgs swept the Bears 25-21, 25-14, 25-17 on October 1.

Mychaellah Lucas compiled five service points, four aces and six kills for Mahanoy Area (2-8).

Marian dumps Dawgs

HOMETOWN - A battle of Schuylkill League volleyball unbeatens came down to which team could find the open spot the most when on the attack.

Marian's Grace Boyle made the right reads and the right decisions at the right time for the Fillies.

Boyle notched kills on four of the final six points in the decisive third set to lift Marian to a 25-19, 15-25, 25-23, 25-14 victory over Tri-Valley in a matchup of Schuylkill League division leaders on September 25.

A junior outside hitter, Boyle helped Marian (7-0, 7-0 D-IV) overcome a three-point deficit late in the third set to give her team the momentum, and the Fillies rode that momentum to a win in the fourth set to clinch the victory.

Tri-Valley (8-1, 6-1 D-III), with 6-foot-4 senior Tara Nahodil in the middle, answered in the second set. Nahodil and Taylor Troutman each had three kills, Haley Deibert had four of her 17 assists and the Dawgs capitalized on 11 Marian errors to even the match at one set apiece.

Nahodil finished with 10 kills and six blocks, while Troutman had seven kills.

Tri-Valley carried that momentum into the third set, using two aces by Deibert and two kills by Jordan Schwalm to take a 19-16 lead. A pair of kills by Sherkness sliced the margin to 20-19, but a block by Troutman made it 21-19.

That's when Boyle took over.

Getting well-placed sets from O'Donnell, Boyle tallied four kills down the stretch as Marian surged ahead.

Pine Grove 3

N. Schuylkill 0

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - Rachael Zimmerman tallied six kills and one block to propel Pine Grove past North Schuylkill 25-23, 25-17, 27-25 in a Division I-II crossover.

Kayla Bressler dished out 17 assists for the Cardinals (6-3, 6-2 D-II), who stayed tied with Panther Valley atop the Division II standings.

Maura Gownley had 15 digs, Carter Green had three kills and Sarah and Rachel Metzinger, Carly Gregas and Vanessa Zimmerman had strong games at the net for North Schuylkill (4-4, 4-4 D-I).

North Schuylkill won JV 2-0.

Minersville 3

Millersburg 0

MILLERSBURG - Meg Schwalm had 15 digs and six aces as Minersville defeated Millersburg 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 in a Division III-IV crossover.

Katie Trapani contributed five digs and four aces for the Miners (6-5, 4-4 D-IV), who won their third straight. Mariah Stoppie added six kills and four digs for the Miners.

Bryanna Burke had 11 service points and two aces for Millersburg (2-8, 2-5 D-III), while Marissa Hines had eight kills and 17 digs and Taryn Herb notched seven kills.

Minersville won JV 2-0.

Halifax 3

Weatherly 0

HALIFAX - Catherine Amoriello had nine aces, two kills and 21 assists to lead the Wildcats past the Wreckers 25-16, 25-6, 25-11 in a Division III-IV crossover.

Amber Coppula smacked seven kills for Halifax (6-4, 4-4 D-III).

Marian 3

Upper Dauphin 0

ELIZABETHVILLE - Marykate Sherkness racked up 17 kills and six aces as the Fillies remained unbeaten with a 25-12, 24-22, 24-9 sweep of the Trojans.

Abby O'Donnell had 34 assists for Marian (8-0, 8-0 D-IV), while Abby Stankiewitch tallied eight kills.

For Upper Dauphin, McKenzie Miller had eight service points, eight digs and one kill; Cassie Lark contributed nine service points and six digs; and Whitni Rudisill chipped in four service points, two digs, two blocks and one kill.

Shenandoah 3

Wms. Valley 0

TOWER CITY - Ali Semanchik tallied nine aces, 16 assists and three digs as the Blue Devils swept the Vikings 25-13, 25-11, 25-18 in a Division III-IV crossover.

Nicole Sacco added 12 kills, five aces, four service points and two blocks for Shenandoah Valley (6-3, 5-3 D-IV), while Ahna Huss had eight service points, four kills, two aces and two digs.

Becca Miller compiled three service points, four assists and eight digs for Williams Valley (4-7, 1-7 D-III), while Jamie Shuttlesworth had four assists and Triana Graff had five digs, four kills and two aces.

Williams Valley won the JV match 2-1.

Blue Mtn. 3

Pine Grove 2

PINE GROVE - Blue Mountain's Brittney Moyer is having a superb sophomore season.

Her hot streak helped the Eagles score a key Schuylkill League victory.

Moyer had 18 kills, seven blocks and six assists as Blue Mountain rallied to defeat Pine Grove 20-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-13, 16-14 in a Division I-II crossover match.

Jordan Seasock notched 14 kills and 14 digs for Blue Mountain (7-1, 6-1 D-I), which stayed one game behind unbeaten Pottsville in the Division I race. Lexi Hammer had 36 assists.

Sam Bertasavage had 21 kills and five aces for Pine Grove (5-3, 5-2 D-II), which stayed tied with Panther Valley atop the Division II standings. Kayla Bressler had 29 assists.

Blue Mountain won JV 2-0.

Nativity 3

Halifax 0

Megan Curry had 14 assists, nine digs, two kills and two assists as the Green Wave swept Halifax 25-20, 25-14, 25-20 in a Division III-IV crossover match atop Lawton's Hill.

Emily Field notched 12 kills for Nativity (7-1, 6-1 D-IV), while Jessica Jones had seven digs and five assists.

Ashley Unger swatted seven kills, and Tess Kieffer tallied four kills and one block for Halifax (5-4, 3-4 D-III).

Halifax won JV 2-0.

Shen. Valley 3

U. Dauphin 1

SHENANDOAH - Nicole Sacco 13 kills and 10 digs in leading the Blue Devils to a 25-17, 25-14, 25-27, 25-23 Division III-IV crossover victory over the Trojans (4-6, 3-4 D-III).

Sacco added seven assists, three blocks, nine service points and four aces.

Ali Semanchik had 10 points, nine aces, eight kills, 23 assists and 11 digs for Shenandoah Valley (5-3, 4-3 D-IV), while Ahna Huss collected 11 kills, three points and two aces.

Shenandoah Valley won JV 2-1.

Minersville 3

Wms. Valley 0

MINERSVILLE - Mariah Stoppie had 10 kills, seven digs and four aces in the Miners' 25-14, 25-22, 25-12 victory over Williams Valley (3-6, 1-6 D-III) in a Division III-IV crossover match.

Katie Krasinski also had five kills, while Mackenzie O'Brien had 10 kills for Minersville (5-5, 3-4 D-IV).

Minersville won JV 2-0.

Millersburg 3

Weatherly 0

WEATHERLY - Amber Roach had 15 assists and seven kills to power the Indians to a 25-17, 25-18, 25-6 Division III-IV sweep of the Wreckers.

Marissa Hines added six kills, six aces and seven digs for Millersburg (2-7, 2-5 D-III); while Samantha Hines had eight aces.

Krissa Titus paced Weatherly (0-10, 0-7 D-IV) with 13 digs, two kills, four service aces and one assist. Lindsay Douglas had four digs and two assists; and Alexis Hartz chipped in two kills and four digs.

Weatherly won JV 2-1.

Pine Grove 3

Minersville 0

PINE GROVE - Samantha Bertasavage rapped seven kills to lead Pine Grove past Minersville 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 in a non-league match.

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