HAZLETON — Down by two games at home, the Hazleton Area boys volleyball team rallied to post a memorable 3-2 comeback win over Wyoming Valley West on Monday.
After falling short in the first game (26-28) and dropping the second (21-25), the Cougars rattled off wins of 25-18, 25-12 and finally 18-16, as the fifth and decisive game went long.
The match lasted roughly four hours.
Paul Collado (15) and Alex Gregoire (12) led the Cougars in kills while Brett Barron was tops in assists (37) and libero Carlos Rodriguez had 28 digs.
Chris Spellman and Mark Burridge combined for 29 kills for the Spartans while John Butchko had 33 assists.
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WVW: John Butchko 33 assists; Chris Spellman 3 aces, 16 kills, 9 digs; Mark Burridge 12 service points, 13 kills, 7 digs. HAZ: Brett Barron 4 kills, 4 digs, 6 aces, 37 assists; Alex Gregoire 12 kills, 2 aces, 9 digs, 3 blocks; Paul Collado 15 kills, 2 blocks; Carlos Rodriguez 28 digs, 2 aces, 1 kill
North Pocono 3, Tunkhannock 0
Brent Fignanti served up eight aces while leading the Trojans to a 25-8, 25-4, 25-14 road sweep.
Earic McClain had three kills and three digs, while Riley Morrell played a strong all-around game in the victory.
Luke Hoover led Tunkhannock with three kills and three service points, while Adam Billigs had five assists for the Tigers.
NP: Brent Fignanti 8 aces, 5 kills; Earic McClain 3 kills, 3 digs. TUN: Luke Hoover 3 kills, 3 service points, Adam Billigs 5 assists
Five win weekly award
Local colleges turned in some of the Freedom Conference’s best individual performances recently as five players were honored by the conference on Monday.
Jenn Harnischfeger (softball), Chris Sweeney (baseball) and Chris Theodorou (men’s lacrosse) of King’s joined Misericordia’s Marina Orrson (women’s track) as Freedom Conference Player of the Week in their respective sports. Likewise, Misericordia’s Matt Karabin (baseball) was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week.