Western Wayne heads into the Class AA tournament 14-0 and seeded #2 overall
Tim Snyder was just a bit leery of his team's final match of the Lackawanna League season.
The veteran boys volleyball coach knew Western Wayne would have to bring its 'A' game to guarantee a win over Susquehanna.
There were many signs pointing toward a possible upset. Among them, the fact that the match was to be played early on a Saturday morning on the road.
In addition, the Wildcats had already sewn up the league title while the Sabers would be fighting for their playoff lives.
As it turned out, Coach Snyder's fears were unfounded. Western Wayne dominated this match, cruising to yet another 3-0 shutout and putting the finishing touches on an undefeated season.
With this last win, the Wildcats head into the District Two tournament with a perfect 14-0 record and the #2 overall seed in Class AA.
"We lost the coin flip to North Pocono, so they'll be number one," said Coach Snyder of the Trojans, who went unbeaten in the Wyoming Valley Conference. "But, we still get to host the first round and that's the most important thing."
Western Wayne will open its gold medal quest Wednesday evening at the venerable Varden Garden.
The 'Cats take on #7 Dallas in the nightcap. Holy Redeemer (#3) battles Nanticoke (#6) in the opener at 5 p.m.
North Pocono, meanwhile, meets the winner of a special play-in match between Susquehanna and Lackawanna Trail. That contest is slated for Monday night at Mountain View beginning at 5 p.m.
Wednesday's first match at North Pocono will feature Wilkes Barre Coughlin (#5) and Abington Heights (#4).
On the Court
In the early going of Saturday's match, it looked as though Coach Snyder's prediction of a tough match might come true.
The Sabers battled the 'Cats right down to the wire before finally suffering a 25-22 loss.
That initial setback seemed to deflate the home team as Western Wayne seized the momentum and rampaged to a 25-16 Game Two triumph.
Susquehanna re-focused for one more spirited rally in the third game, gut once again came up short. The final score was 25-23.
Sam Hoch showed the way on this particular morning. The up & coming junior setter handed out a match-best 24 assists as the Wildcat offense hit on all cylinders.
Michael Trygar continued his brilliant all-round play with another monster match. The senior outside hitter hammered home nine kills and recorded six blocks.
Trygar also dazzled at the service line, unleashing a half-dozen aces.
Patrick Miller contributed key plays to Western Wayne's win as well. The junior dominated at the net with seven kills and three blocks.
Susquehanna was paced by Doug Miller who notched six kills and a pair of aces.
Luke Falletta chipped in with five blocks and three kills, while Kevin Bush added three kills and one ace.
Score by Games...
WW (14-0) 25 25 25 - 3
SUS (8-6) 22 16 23 - 0