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LAKE ARIEL – There was hooting and hollering on the Dallas sidelines.
Making their first boys volleyball playoff in more than a decade, the Mountaineers were surely announcing their presence, routing second-seed Western Wayne in the second set of a District 2 Class AA quarterfinal.
With the match 1-1 and Dallas on the verge of an upset, Wildcat captain Michael Trygar rose to the occasion.
The senior dominated the final two sets, leading his squad past the upset-minded Mountaineers 3-1. Match scores were 25-20, 14-25, 25-13 and 25-13.
Western Wayne faces off with Holy Redeemer in a rematch of last year's district championship.
“Being an alum of Dallas, I knew how important it was for this program to make the postseason,” Dallas coach Nick Diaco said. “Coming this far, I didn't want our guys to hang their heads. We were confident coming in, but we knew they would come out swinging. We felt good. They were just more ready to win.”
The Dallas coach knew the odds were stacked up. Western Wayne went undefeated in the Lackawanna League and was playing on its home court. Add Trygar to the mix, and you knew it was going to be an uphill battle.
But that never stopped the belief. And it looked stronger than ever after the dominating second-set performance by the Mountaineers, led by multiple kills from J.J. McGovern.
“Coming into the season, I wanted our guys to be scrappy and that's what I was basing our offense off of,” Diaco said. “But Trygar is a fantastic player, and he stepped up for them. He's a captain, and he did his job.”
The final answer, though, was Trygar – a dominating hitter with a powerful serve behind the back line.
He finished with a game-high 18 kills, seven blocks and a powerful performance in front of the hometown faithful. Out of those 18 kills, 12 of them came in the final two sets.
“Mike is a solid player. He sees the court so well, and he can see the block,” Western Wayne coach Tim Snyder said. “He turns away from the block because of that court vision. He's a really good hitter. I wanted the kids to run the basics and just play solid volleyball. We were trying to do too much in the first two sets. Definitely, it was the postseason jitters. I think we settled down as the game went on.”
It was one specific rotation that hurt the Mountaineers. With Trygar in the front row, junior Sam Hoch used an effective running serve that barely graze the white stripe and struck the Dallas back line.
Western Wayne used an 11-3 sequence in the third set, and a 10-3 run in the fourth to end the match. Both spurts were started with Trygar in the front and Hoch serving.
Bryce Mattson had 17 kills for Dallas, while James Del Priore had 27 assists.
DALLAS 20 25 13 13
WESTERN WAYNE 25 14 25 25
DAL: James Del Priore, 27 assists, 5 kills; JJ McGovern, 7 kills; Bryce Mattson, 17 kills.
WW: Mike Trygar, 18 kills, Patrick Miller, 9 kills, 4 blocks.
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