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TOM FOX For The Times Leader

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COVINGTON TWP.—Sometimes, it’s really about the little things.

Ask Crestwood head coach Mike Williams, and he’ll admit that. He also won’t deny North Pocono performed the little details better than his Comets.

In the end, it led to a Trojan victory.

Katlyn Ivanoff and Emily Cook controlled the front line as North Pocono executed the fundamentals to near perfection as the Trojans remained perfect in the Wyoming Valley Conference with a 3-0 girls volleyball victory over Crestwood.

Game scores were 25-17, 25-19 and 25-21.

“Fundamentals are the key aspect in all sports, and that’s especially true in volleyball,” Pocono head coach Chris Summa said. “It was a good win for us. We did some nice things. Mike does a good job at Crestwood, so you can’t take anything away from them. We just did the fundamentals a little better tonight.”

The little things could really add up to bite you.

The Comets struggled with the back-line pass, which in turn, didn’t allow the offense to flow effectively.

The ace-service error percentage wasn’t too good, either. Crestwood only had four aces in the match, but committed a total of 12 errors.

No doubt, the serve-receive was the main culprit.

“That was our biggest problem tonight,” Williams said. “Our defense was solid overall. We didn’t bring a lot of offense, and the first pass has something to do with that. They grabbed the momentum early, and they used home court to their advantage. They are well-coached; I think Chris is one of the best coaches in this league. His record proves it.”

One sequence in the opening set proves the point of how little things add up.

Tied at 11, Crestwood (3-2) got whistled for a foot-fault on the serve. What followed were three bad back-line passes, a net violation and two setting infractions.

Just like that, an 11-all tie turned into an 18-12 deficit.

For comparison purposes, North Pocono (4-0) only had one service error and three attack errors in the opening set.

“We’ve been looking forward to this game for a while. I was so pumped and ready for this one,” said Katlyn Ivanoff, who finished with a game-high eight kills. “We worked hard to get this win, and we practice so hard. We want to make an impact in the league, and hopefully, see what happens when districts come.”

The closest set down the stretch was the final stanza. Up 21-20, Pocono used back-to-back Emily Cook kills, and a big block from junior Mallorie Deschaine to end it at 25-21.

“We have been mistake-prone early in the matches. We’ve had some success, but we’ve been too mistake-prone. We were focused and ready today,” Summa said. “It’s a good win for our program. Crestwood has been in the top three in the league, and that’s an area where we hope to be every single season. It’s a good win, and a stepping stone. But we have to take one step at a time.”

Taryn Wojnar had six kills to pace Crestwood, while Olivia Jankowski and Emily Sipple combined for 19 assists.

“I think we came in a little overconfident,” Williams said. “We’ve had a good run against North Pocono in the last few years, and I think it carried in. That overconfidence hurt us. Sometimes, it works for you. Today, it just didn’t work for us. It’s a tough one to swallow, but we’ll move on and look forward to seeing them in playoffs.”

Hanover Area 3, GAR 1

Hanover Area recovered after a first set loss to win three close sets by scores of 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22. Phyanna Fine made six aces and eight kills. Shalianna Rios notched 26 digs and five aces. Hannah Eck recorded 11 digs and seven assists.

The Grenadiers’ Banessa Flores posted 19 assists. Erin Scafella tallied seven digs.

Holy Redeemer 3, Delaware Valley 0

The Royals won in straight sets by scores of 25-23, 25-21, 25-20. Nicole Slavoski produced 18 kills. Her sister Lauren Slavoski made nine digs and eight kills. Kellan Katra had 17 service points, and Lexie Evans completed 28 assists.

North Pocono 3, Crestwood 0



CRE: Taryn Wojnar 6 kills; Emily Sipple 3 kills, 6 assists, 2 aces; Olivia Jankowski 13 assists.

NP: Katlyn Ivanoff 8 kills; Emily Cook 8 kills, 1 ace; Amanda Hall 22 assists, 1 kill, 1 ace.

Hanover Area 3, GAR 1



GAR: Banessa Flores 2 kills, 19 assists, 5 aces; Maria Skrepenak 4 kills, 3 aces, 1 block; Erin Scafella 4 kills, 1 aces, 7 digs

HAN: Phyanna Fine 8 kills, 4 blocks, 6 aces; Shalianna Rios 26 digs, 5 kills, 5 aces; Hannah Eck 7 assists, 11 digs, 5 aces.

Holy Redeemer 3, Delaware Valley 0



HR: Nicole Slavoski 18 kills, 4 assists, 3 digs, 5 service points; Lauren Slavoski 8 kills, 1 block, 9 digs; Kellan Katra 17 service points, 1 ace; Lexie Evans 28 assists, 4 digs, 11 service points

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