Western Wayne's girls varsity volleyball team is battling through the toughest part of its 2012 schedule.

VARDEN — Darren Thorpe is cautiously optimistic about his team's chances this fall on the Lackawanna League girls volleyball scene.

Western Wayne's veteran coach started a slew of underclassmen last year in laying the foundation for a promising future. And, just three weeks into the current campaign, it appears as though the future may be now.

The Lady 'Cats opened up the 2012 season with back-to-back wins over Elk Lake and Mountain View. Although the local lasses suffered an unexpected loss to Susquehanna, they bounced right back to defeat a strong Forest City squad.

This week, Western Wayne took on perennial District Two powerhouse Abington Heights and battled the Comets to a 2-2 stalemate through four games. However, the Lady 'Cats ran out of gas in the fifth game en route to a disappointing 3-2 loss.

"That was really our first 5-game match of the season and I think we were a little bit fatigued," Coach Thorpe told TWI Sports. "The girls had tired legs and made some late-match mistakes. Unfortunately, that was the difference."

Western Wayne faces another stiff challenge next week with a match against undefeated Dunmore.

"We're in the toughest part of our schedule right now," Coach Thorpe said. "Once we get past Dunmore, things ease up quite a bit. I'm hoping we can put together five or six strong matches and build some momentum for districts."

The Lady 'Cats and Bucks will clash Monday night in Dunmore. Varsity action should begin at about 7:00 p.m.

Bright Spots
Rebecca Carmody and Anna Krenitsky led the charge in Western Wayne's Thursday night loss to Abington.

A tall, athletic sophomore, Carmody paced the Lady 'Cat offensive attack with 10 kills

"Rebecca was just all over the court," Coach Thorpe said. "She's a very good all-round player. Rebecca led us in kills, but she made some pretty amazing saves, too."

Krenitsky is another member of Western Wayne's talented sophomore class. Anna contributed nine kills to the cause, but drew rave reviews for her defensive prowess.

"Abington asbolutely had to account for Anna at the net," said Coach Thorpe. "She was very strong in the front row. Anna had at least four blocks and really gave them trouble all match."

The Lady 'Cats opened with a 25-19 win in Game One, but the Comets bounced back to take Game Two by a score of 25-18. Western Wayne had a chance to close things out after claiming Game Three (25-17), but stumbled in Game Four (19-25).

Sadly for a boisterous Varden Garden crowd, Abington hammered out a 15-8 victory in the all-important fifth game.

Kristin Thorpe did a solid job directing Western Wayne's offense. She handed out 12 assists from her position at setter.