LAURELDALE -- Allie Mondorff kept on swinging, despite fatigue setting in.
She would serve long, then alternate the next one with a short dump over the net. All the Delone Catholic senior setter was trying to do was keep Holy Redeemer's offense out of rhythm.
She executed her goal perfectly.
Mondroff led three key runs, one in each set, and junior standout Cambria Wierman was effective with her swing, killing a match-high 17 balls as Delone withstood a challenge from Redeemer, 3-0, in the PIAA Class AA state quarterfinals at Muhlenberg High School.
Match scores were 25-22, 25-20, 25-22.
The Squires move into the state semifinals, while Redeemer ends another fantastic season that saw a Wyoming Valley Conference and District 2 championship.
The girls have nothing to be ashamed of. They had a great season, Redeemer coach Jack Kablick said.
Delone, ranked in the top-5 in Class 2A, found itself in a battle right from the opening whistle. Then again, Mondorff was up to the challenge.
It's nothing new to her. She is very calm and is a four-year starter, Delone coach Jason Leppo said. She really got into a rhythm today, and you can kind of tell when she gets in that, she can put it wherever she wants. She was able to get them out of system.
And each time, it dug the Squires out of a hole.
Delone was down 15-8 in the opening set after several big smashes by standout Sarah Warnagiris before Mondorff stepped behind the 30-foot line. She ripped off five straight service points, and it led to a 17-8 run to close the first set.
Again, similar circumstances in the second -- only this time, Delone was down 15-12. Her response? Six straight points.
It gets tiring after a while with serve after serve, but it was so much fun, the setter said. I was excited that we were scoring points. I just wanted to get the ball over so we can get it back and score. I kept looking to my coaches, and they were picking out some really good spots to serve to.
Simply put, Delone made the least amount of mistakes. The Squires only had one attack error in the first two sets, and did a nice job of keeping the ball in play on the serve.
Redeemer had 13 service errors, and a total of 16 unforced errors in the third game alone.
You can't give a good team 16 points and make them score just nine to win a match, Kablick said. We serve to score. We don't serve lollipops against good teams because if you do, you are going to eat them. We gave up too many points, which is a tribute to them. You have to make a team score 15 points. We did a good job all year of making our opponents score 15 or more points themselves.
It just didn't happen today. We might have been a little too aggressive. It's great to see the girls attacking the ball, but there has to be a cutoff point somewhere.
The Squires jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the final set and led 24-18 at match point. Redeemer was able to win three straight points before Delone put it away.
We try to limit our mistakes, Leppo said. We want to be aggressive, but smart-aggressive if that makes sense. We work so hard on placing the ball. It's really our bread and butter. We just had to settle in. We knew Holy Redeemer had some big hitters and would be very physical. I think it caught us off-guard. They hit hard, and were very aggressive with the serves. I just wanted them to calm down.
Redeemer leaders: Sarah Warnagiris, 17 kills, 2 aces; Nicole Slavoski 16 kills, 1 ace; Biz Eaton, 32 assists. Delone leaders: Allie Mondorff, 23 assists, 4 aces; Cambria Wierman, 17 kills.