Western Wayne's boys varsity volleyball team took Abington Heights to five games in a Dsitrict Two quarterfinal. Sadly, the 'Cats suffered a razor-thin 3-2 loss and were eliminated from the Class AA title chase.
The boys volleyball season came to a heartbreaking end for Western Wayne Monday at Holy Redeemer.
Coach Tim Snyder’s lads traveled to Wilkes Barre for a District Two quarterfinal clash with Abington and put up a valiant struggle.
Sadly, an outstanding all-round effort by the ‘Cats simply wasn’t enough as the Comets prevailed in a 5-game thriller. The final scores were 16-25, 25-11, 25-23, 10-25, 9-15.
“Abington really came out swinging in that fourth game,” Coach Snyder said. “They were very aggressive and had us back on our heels. It was an up &?down match, but the fourth game was really the difference.”
Abington must now face Holy Redeemer, the tournament’s overall #1 seed. The Royals boast a perfect 17-0 record after cruising to a 3-0 win over Forest City.
The other semifinal will feature Crestwood against Wilkes Barre Coughlin. The Comets (12-5) eliminated Lackawanna Trail (11-2) in five games. The Crusaders (14-3) upset North Pocono (14-3), who is the 4-time defending District Two champ.
This year’s Class AA title tilt will be hosted by Mary-wood University Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Abington came out withguns blazing in Game One of this quarterfinal.
Andy McLane paced the Comet attack with a match-high 14 kills. Drew Schumaker also turned in a sterling effort, contributing nine kills and eight service points.
Eric Wasser ran the Com-ets’ offense efficiently from his position at setter. By the time the match was over, he’d piled up 34 assists and claimed 13 service points.
“Abington played very well,”?said Coach Snyder. “But we did, too. The difference was that they came up with big points in big situations and we didn’t.”
To their undying credit, the fourth seeded Wildcats surged right back by winning Games 2 &?3.
Kevin Botjer led the way for Western Wayne. A high-flying senior who can dominate at the net, Botjer hammered home a team-best 11 kills.
“Kevin really came alive for us out there,”?said Coach Snyder. “There were times when he was just about unstoppable. Nine out of 10 times when we set him, we won the point.”
Andrew Green also received rave reviews from his skipper. A senior who can contribute from any spot on the floor, Green recorded seven kills and consistently frustrated the Comets with one outstanding play after another.
“Andrew played a great game defensively,” Coach Snyder said. “He made some very smart plays in the back row. Andrew doesn’t just hit the ball back, he makes the other team work.”
Western Wayne rolled to a 25-16 win in Game Two, then held on for a wild 25-23 decision in Game Three.
For all intents and purposes, the match was decided in Game Four. Abington dominated this one from start to finish...and he result was a 25-10 triumph.
“Hats off to them,” Coach Snyder said. “Whatever Abington’s coach said in that huddle...well, it really worked. They played lights out.”
Anthony Kovaleski helped the ‘Cats stay close in the fifth and final game.
“Anthony didn’t have his best night statistically, but he showed tremendous leadership,”?Coach Snyder said. “He stayed upbeat and positive all match long.”
Abington closed things out with a 15-10 victory.