First-ever D-11 victory!
The Northampton girls volleyball team took advantage of their first-ever District XI appearance by claiming a straight-set win over Pocono Mountain West on Tuesday, winning 25-13, 25-16, 25-11.
Head coach Jess Finlayson explained that the team needed time to acclimatize to new situation.
“We started off a little slow just because of districts,” she said. “We can’t touch the balls until 20 minutes before (the match starts), so until the captains are called, you can just stretch. So I don’t think they were quite warmed up.”
However once they were warmed up, they took care of business. Finlayson provided her analysis.
“The key was our quick offense,” she said. “I don’t think they’ve seen too many quick offenses because they play mostly the northern teams who aren’t as quick as the teams we see down here. Having that quick offense and setting that one ball or the quick outside ball, they weren’t able to block as often.”
The main beneficiaries of that offensive approach were outside hitters Lindsey Nemeth with 12 kills and Brooke Rockovits with 10. Alexa Barowski contributed seven kills from the middle.
Setter Sydney Heffner filled up the stat sheet with 28 assists, eight digs, and seven kills.
Libero Mya Cascario led the team with 14 digs. Rockovits had 10 and Nemeth had eight.
Next up for Northampton is Delaware Valley out of the Wyoming Valley Conference in District 2. Districts XI and 2 share a subregional for volleyball.
The Warriors are the mystery guests of the tournament. While their 15-2 regular season record was good enough for them to earn the second seed, no one is going to confuse the quality of their schedule in the WVC with that of the EPC, especially in the Skyline Division.
The match is at Delaware Valley High School in Milford, on Thursday at 6 p.m. It’s about a 2-hour drive if you are planning on traveling to support the team.
If the Kids advance to the semifinals, they will play much closer to home - at Catasauqua High School, on Tuesday. They would play the winner of the 3 vs. 6 matchup, Emmaus vs. Pleasant Valley.