Forlenza, Sorokin lead Wyoming Area volleyball team past Pittston Area

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch

EXETER – Selena Forlenza made sure Wyoming Area was able to fight off a first-game volleyball comeback by Pittston Area Friday night and the Lady Warriors went on from there for a 3-1, home-court victory in the Wyoming Valley Conference match.

Wyoming Area defeated its rival, 25-23, 25-18, 14-25, 25-19, with the help of a Forlenza-led recovery after letting a seven-point lead get away.

Pittston Area trailed by as much as 19-12 in the opening game, but surged back to create a 23-23 tie with the help of four straight Emily O’Brien serves that Wyoming Area was unable to return.

Consecutive kills by Forlenza put an end to the comeback and the first game. First, she placed a shot between the Pittston Area front and back lines, then she finished the game’s clinching point off a set by Marissa Kovaleski.

Brandi Sorokin finished with 15 kills, four blocks and five digs to lead the Lady Warriors (2-2).

Forlenza added nine kills and four aces.

Kovaleski had with 32 assists. Hunter Chervenitski, who had nine digs and six service points, and Marissa Traglia each chipped in with six kills.

O’Brien finished with 11 service points, including seven aces, to go along with 10 kills and seven digs for Pittston Area.

The Lady Patriots also got 10 service points, four digs and two kills from Syra Reza and seven kills, five blocks, seven digs and four points from Michaelie Mazurkivich.

Pittston Area (1-5) jumped out to 3-1 and 4-2 leads in the first game.

Sorokin and Traglia each had two kills to put Wyoming Area in front, 7-5.

The 23-23 tie late in Game One was the only time the rest of the way that the Lady Warriors were not ahead in points and/or games.


Tunkhannock 3

Wyoming Area 0

Tunkhannock swept a close match at home Wednesday, 25-20, 26-24, 25-23.

Brandi Sorokin and Jenna Chackon each had seven kills in the loss. Melissa Kovaleski had 14 assists, Hunter Chernevitski had eight digs and Selena Forlenza had six aces.

Pittston Area 3

Wyoming Valley West 1

Michalie Mazurkivich had 27 service points when Pittston Area picked up its first win Wednesday, beating visiting Wyoming Valley West, 25-18, 26-28, 25-20, 25-16.

Mazurkivich also had seven assists, six digs and four blocks.

Emily O’Brien had nine points, eight digs, seven kills and three aces while Tiara George contributed 10 points, seven assists and three digs.

Dallas 3

Pittston Area 0

Dallas swept Monday’s WVC match, 25-18, 25-22, 25-21.

Michalie Mazurkivich had seven digs, seven kills and six blocks for Pittston Area in the loss. Emma Coles had nine digs and five kills while Tiara George had 12 assists, six service points and three digs.


Wyoming Area 6

Holy Redeemer 0

Lauren Parente had a hat trick when Wyoming Area ended Holy Redeemer’s 25-game WVC winning streak with Thursday’s Division 1 win.

The Lady Warriors opened a 5-0 halftime lead and got a combined shutout from Ellie Glatz with 14 saves and Megan Beppler with one.

Cassidy Orzel had a goal and an assist while Kayla Kiwak and Toni Minichello also scored.

The bulk of Holy Redeemer’s winning streak was built as a Division 2 member.

Wyoming Valley West 12, Pittston Area 0

Wyoming Valley West opened an eight-goal halftime lead in Thursday’s WVC Division 1 game.

Wyoming Area 7

Delaware Valley 0

Wyoming Area posted its fourth shutout in five games overall when it beat Delaware Valley in a Tuesday WVC Division 1 game.

The Lady Warriors did not allow a shot and yielded only two penalty corners.

Lauren Parente had a hat trick while Toni Menichello added two goals and two assists in the win.


Pittston Area 3-1

David Buford led the way with a sixth-place finish when Pittston Area went 3-1 Wednesday while hosting a Wyoming Valley Conference cluster meet for the only time this season.

The Patriots defeated GAR (16-45), Tunkhannock (23-34) and Wyoming Valley West (27-29), but lost to unbeaten conference co-leader Lake-Lehman (21-35). Coughlin also competed in the six-team meet, but the Patriots and Crusaders had already been scored against each other in the opener.

Dominic Angradi and Nate Ridgley finished 10th and 11th for the Patriots.

Wyoming Area 2-1

Wyoming Area defeated MMI, 15-49, and Crestwood, 23-34, while losing to Hazleton Area, 18-41, in Wednesday’s meet, which was hosted by Wyoming Seminary.

Lackawanna County Commissioners’ Invitational

Dom Angradi and Peyton O’Boyle finished less than two seconds apart in 29th and 30th place Sept. 8 at McDade Park.

Nathan Ridgley was 35th out of 109 runners.

The Patriots finished eighth of 15 teams.


Pittston Area 2-2

Nicole Zambetti completed her home course in 21:21 to finish second, just five seconds behind Lake-Lehman’s Abby Paczewski in Wednesday’s six-team WVC cluster meet.

The Lady Patriots beat GAR, 15-50, and Tunkhannock, 26-29, but lost to Wyoming Valley West, 27-28, and unbeaten Lake-Lehman, 20-36.

Bailey Loyack finished 11th and Marissa Gubitoso was 13th.

Lackawanna County Commissioners’ Invitational

Pittston Area’s Nicole Zambetti finished third out of 84 entries in the Sept. 8 race at McDade Park in Scranton.

Zambetti led the Patriots, who finished sixth out of 10 teams.

Marissa Gubitoso was 35th.


Pittston Area 8

Tunkhannock 1

Mia Snyder had three goals and an assist to lead Friday’s WVC Division 1 win.

Grace Mimnaugh added a goal and two assists.

Wyoming Area 2

Wyoming Seminary 1

Aleah Kranson scored the game-winning goal midway through the second half of Thursday’s WVC Division 2 game.

Christina Kosco also scored for the Lady Warriors.

Pittston Area 4

Hazleton Area 2

Grace Mimnaugh scored twice to help Pittston Area open a 4-0 lead just 5:22 into the second half of Wednesday’s WVC Division 1 game.


Wyoming Seminary 2

Wyoming Area 0

Adam Wisnewski made 16 saves Thursday for Wyoming Area, which was outshot, 25-4, in the WVC Division 2 game.

Hazleton Area 3

Pittston Area 1

Nick Lombardo scored Pittston Area’s only goal in the WVC Division 1 loss.

Hazleton Area 1

Wyoming Area 1

Damien Bronsburg broke through the backline and placed a shot in the corner to lift Wyoming Area into the tie in the WVC Division 2 game Sept. 8.

Adam Wisnewski made seven saves for the Lady Warriors.


Tunkhannock 168

Pittston Area 182

Tyler Faux broke par with a 36 on the front nine at the Shadowbrook Golf Resort Friday to lead the Tigers to the WVC Class AAA win.

Dylan Burwell shot 38 to lead the Patriots.

Pittston Area 175

Coughlin 182

Derek Cunius shot a 41 and Nick Scavo added a 43 to lead Pittston Area to Thursday’s win at Wilkes-Barre Golf Club.

Wyoming Area 171, Berwick 196

Wyoming Area used a 41 by Cole Coolbaugh and 42s by Joe Petrillo and Matt Sorick to post Thursday’s WVC Class AA win at Fox Hill Country Club.

Wyoming Area 181

Hanover Area 199

Cole Coolbaugh shot a 41 to lead Wednesday’s WVC Division 2 win at Wyoming Valley Country Club.

Matt Sorick added a 45.

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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