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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Wildcats Remain on Track for a Perfect Volleyball Season

  • Western Wayne celebrated Senior Night in fine fashion with a big win over Forest City
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  • Western Wayne's dreams of a perfect volleyball season moved two steps closer to reality this week.
    On Monday, the Wildcats put out the proverbial welcome mat for Trail in a crucial Lackawanna League contest and proved less-than-gracious hosts.
    Coach Tim Snyder's lads dominated this match from start to finish, sweeping all three games (25-23, 25-20, 25-20) and solidifying their stranglehold on first place.
    Then, less than 48 hours later, the 'Cats made Forest City their latest victim.
    Western Wayne hung on for a 3-1 win over the scrappy Foresters (25-12, 25-18, 20-25, 25-20).
    With these wins, Western Wayne ran its unbeaten streak to 11 straight regular season matches. The 'Cats remain all alone atop the standings and have an inside track to yet another league championship.
    Next on the agenda for Coach Snyder's squad is a road trip to Clarks Summit and a showdown with the Abington Heights Comets.
    That match is set for a 6 p.m. start Monday, May 6.
    Domination
    Lackawanna Trail won the regular season league title last spring, defeating Western Wayne in a special playoff match.
    This year, one of the Wildcats' top priorities was wreaking some vengeance on the Lions.
    Mission accomplished.
    On Monday evening, the local lads completed a series sweep, hammering out another 3-0 shutout.
    To their credit, the Lions (6-4) hung tough all night. However, the 'Cats found a way to win each game in the end.
    Mike Trygar paced the Western Wayne attack with a match-high 11 kills. The Lackawanna League's reigning Player of the Year also excelled on defense with four blocks.
    Page 2 of 3 - Pat Miller and Frank Juhasz also contributed key plays. Miller recorded seven kills, while Juhasz carded five. Both players also dominated at the service line, ripping four aces apiece.
    Sam Hoch ran a brutally efficient Wildcat offense from his setter spot. The junior handed out 28 assists and unleashed three aces of his own.
    John Hanna chipped in with four kills and Chaz Zawislak added three digs.
    For Trail, Aiden Holmes turned in a stellar all-round performance. He carded 14 service points, put down three kills and notched three blocks.
    Rich Pollock posted 16 digs, while Brian Mitteer chimed in with six kills and four blocks.
    Senior Night
    On Wednesday, local fans came out in droves to help their team celebrate Senior Night ceremonies.
    All five seniors were in the line-up and made major contributions to a 3-1 win over Forest City.
    Trygar was utterly dominant at the net in this one. Mike exploded for a match-best 18 kills and also added three blocks.
    Nikolai Pritchyk turned in a stellar performance as well, carding eight kills.
    Hanna continued his solid season with 10 kills, while Juhasz recorded three aces, six kills and three digs.
    Kevin Lopatofsky chipped in with seven digs.
    Hoch once again kept the 'Cat offense clicking. Sam dished out an eye-popping 43 assists. He also dazzled at the line, carding a team-high four aces.
    Miller authored a strong game up front, blasting eight kills and three blocks.
    With the loss, Forest City saw its regular season record fall to 3-8.
    Page 3 of 3 - The Foresters were paced by Joe Falbo who carded 24 service points. He also added five kills and four blocks.
    Ryan Long (six assists) and Logan McHale (10 assists) also played well for the visitors.
    Score by Games...
    WW (11-0) 25 25 25 - 3
    LT (6-4) 23 20 20 - 0
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