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By TOM FOX For The Times Leader



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COVINGTON TWP. Lake-Lehman just cut the lead to 24-22 in the third set. The energy was squarely on the Black Knights’ bench as the junior varsity players tried to rally their varsity teammates to a victory.


Emily Cook had other ideas.


The North Pocono outside hitter took a perfect set from Amanda Hall and crashed the final point to the court as the Trojans picked up an important 3-0 victory over Lehman in a Wyoming Valley Conference match on Tuesday.


Set scores were 25-17, 25-19 and 25-22.


The victory moves North Pocono to 11-1 in conference and only one game back of undefeated Holy Redeemer. Lehman drops to 8-4.


“I was a little nervous, I won’t lie,” Cook said of Lehman’s third-set rally.


Entering last night, both teams were in the running to capture a possible No. 2 seed in the upcoming District 2 Class 2A bracket.


There’s no secret what a No. 2 or No. 3 seed means. Barring any major upsets, Holy Redeemer will be the top seed. Grab a No. 2 and No. 3 seed, and you avoid Redeemer until the district final.


North Pocono knows that feeling all too well, losing to the Royals in the district semifinals last season.


“This match was important in terms of districts,” Cook said. “We are looking to get a better seed in districts compared to last year. If we can beat Delaware Valley, hopefully, we can achieve that.”


On Tuesday, the Black Knights just couldn’t string enough points together in their runs.


“I really thought we had a chance to beat them, but we didn’t give our best performance,” Lehman coach Kevin Koziol said. “We still held in there and had a chance. Our players have a never-say-die attitude, and you saw that. The first game from the third game was very different. We obviously made more mistakes than they did. We just have to get to practice and correct those mistakes. If we do that, we’ll be right there with everyone.”


Chris Summa’s North Pocono club found a different leader in each set.


In the second, it was junior Mallorie Deschaine that sparked her team. She had a momentum-changing block, cutting the deficit to 8-6 and followed by scoring the next three points on hard-hit, cross-court spikes.


She finished with 12 kills – six of those in the second.


“We want to start early in each set, and come out strong. It’s so important to get out to a good start,” Deschaine said. “We started off kind of slow in the second set. Once we got the energy back up, we started to play like we normally do.”


North Pocono 3, Lake-Lehman 0

Lake-Lehman`17`19`22


North Pocono`25`25`25


LEH: Kahli Kotulski 7 kills; Danae Sutliff 6 kills; Maria Chinikaylo 12 assists, 1 kill.


NP: Emily Cook 14 kills; Mallorie Deschaine 12 kills, 1 ace; Amanda Hall 25 assists, 2 kills, 1 ace.


Delaware Valley 3, GAR 0


Jessica Balcarcel and Bella Wood recorded 16 service points apiece to lead Delaware Valley to a straight-set victory over GAR.


Dallas 3, Hanover Area 0


Erin Muldoon tallied seven kills, 11 digs and three service points to lead Dallas to a straight-set victory over Hanover Area.


Holy Redeemer 3, Crestwood 0


Nicole Slavoski had 15 kills and Laruen Slavoski added 11 more as the Royals swept Crestwood.


Delaware Valley 3, GAR 0

Delaware Valley`25`25`25


GAR`15`9`7


DEL: Jessica Balcarcel 16 service points; Alyssa Kelly 6 assists, 14 kills, 9 service points; Bella Wood 18 assists, 16 service points.


GAR: Banessa Flores 6 assists, 4 digs.


Dallas 3, Hanover Area 0

Dallas`25`25`25


Hanover Area`10`17`15


DAL: Erin Muldoon 7 kills, 11 digs, 3 service points; Mallory Faux 4 kills, 4 blocks, 7 service points; Taylor Kellie 11 digs, 20 service points.


HAN: Raeann Walton 4 service points, 6 digs, 4 assists; Hannah Eck 4 service points, 2 kills, 3 assists; Shalianna Rios 7 kills, 9 digs.


Crestwood at Holy Redeemer

Crestwood`11`14`9


Holy Redeemer`25`25`25


CRE: Emily Sipple 4 kills, 8 digs; Brianna Hurne 3 kills, 9 digs; Olivia Jankowski 7 assists.


HR: Nicole Slavoski 15 kills, 11 service points, 3 blocks, 3 assists; Kellen Katra 18 service points, 3 digs; Lexi Evans 22 assists, 1 blocks, 2 kills, 9 service points; Lauren Slavoski 11 kills, 4 service points, 1 dig.


Hazleton Area 3, Nanticoke 2

Hazleton Area`22`22`25`25`15


Nanticoke`25`25`20`23`10


HAZ: not available


NAN: Hunter Watson 4 aces, 7 kills, 2 assists, 7 digs; Celeste Deslich 2 aces, 11 kills, 1 assist, 1 block, 3 digs; Abby Zaykosky 18 kills, 1 assist, 1 block, 7 digs.


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