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WILKES-BARRE – You’ll have to excuse Toni Elick if her arm is sore today.


That’s because the Hanover Area outside hitter spent a majority of her match dropping point after point on Meyers’ side of the court.


Elick had 12 aces in the match and gave the Hawkeyes a nice lead to start each set as Hanover picked up its third win of the season, 3-0, over the Mohawks in Wyoming Valley Conference volleyball.


It was Elick’s night behind the service line. Even when she mishit a ball, like she did at the start of the third set after clipping the top of the net, the white dot gently rolled to the other side.


It was a sign of things to come. The Hawkeyes finished with 22 aces.


“I’m been serving overhand for a few years now, so my arm feels pretty good,” Elick said. “This is the first game that I’ve done this well. I had a few that I thought I missed, but they hit the top of the net and rolled in.”


Meyers (1-5) found itself in a hole to start each set.


Elick got Hanover off to a 3-0 lead in the first set, and the Hawkeyes closed on a 10-0 run on her serve for a 25-13 victory.


The deficit was greater in the third stanza. Elick had four aces in the set alone and combined with several big swings from Chyanne Fine, Hanover was off and running to a 12-0 advantage.


“It’s good for their ego to keep them going and keep them motivated,” Hanover Area coach Jill Pientka said. “It’s tough when you have to dig out of a hole, and we put ourselves in good positions at the start of each set. We did a nice job of getting the lead, and keeping it.”


The Mohawks struggled offensively.


Coach Mary Mushock’s team managed just eight kills in the match and a total of 17 attack errors and 10 service mistakes.


Most of the issues came from the back row where the defenders couldn’t get the ball to the front off the serve.


“If you can’t pass, you are going to struggle in the game,” Mushock said. “It wasn’t their serves because we’ve seen good serving all year. We just struggled to pass the ball. We go over serving every single day, and we just can’t do it in a match. It’s a whole different ballgame when you step on the court compared to practice.”


Holy Redeemer 3, Coughlin 0


The Royals took care of the Crusaders in three games led by a 17-kill effort from Nicole Slavoski. For Coughlin, Mykayla Timek had 10 service points and three aces.


In Saturday’s 3-1 win over Marian Catholic, Slavoski led the way for the Royals with 13 kills, two blocks, six digs and five service points, while Lauren Slavoski chipped in 12 kills, one block, seven digs and seven points.


Kaya Swanek (4 kills, 1 block, 2 assists, 7 digs, 13 points), Kellen Katra (2 digs, 10 points) and Lexie Evans (2 kills, 20 assists, 1 block, 5 points) also helped in Saturday’s victory.


Tunkhannock 3, Berwick 0


Tunkhannock swept the Bulldogs behind Erin Smith’s eight aces. Michelle Goodwin had 10 kills and six digs.


North Pocono 3, Pittston Area 0


Amanda Hall racked up eight aces and 22 assists in the Trojans’ sweep.


Pittston Area’s Kaitlyn Simiyan gathered seven blocks.


Nanticoke 3, MMI Prep 0


Nanticoke rallied in the third game to earn the sweep.


MMI Prep’s Kristen Purcel was all over the box score with 10 kills, 19 digs, three aces, 13 service points and two blocks.


Wyoming Valley West 3, GAR 2


Wyoming Valley West needed five games to take care of the Grenadiers. Gavyn Giza notched 13 kills.


GAR’s Banessa Flores has 17 assists


Hanover Area 3, Meyers 0

Hanover Area`25`25`25


Meyers`13`19`16


HAN: Chyanne Fine 7 kills, 2 aces; Shalianna Rios, 5 kills, 16 digs, 4 aces; Toni Elick 12 aces; Raeann Walton 12 assists, 3 kills, 1 ace.


MEY: Salimah Biggs 5 assists, 1 kill, 2 aces; Joselyn Mondragon 2 kills, 3 assists.


Holy Redeemer 3, Coughlin 0

Holy Redeemer`25`25`25


Coughlin`7`14`10


HR: Nicole Slavoski 17 kills, 8 points, 1 ace; Alyssa Platko 6 kills; Lexie Evans 13 assists, 2 points; Kellen Katra 14 points, 3 aces


COU: Mykayla Timek 1 dig, 10 points, 3 aces; Carmen Garcia 3 digs, 1 kill, 2 points, 1 ace


Tunkhannock 3, Berwick 0

Berwick`15`16`17


Tunkhannock`25`25`25


BER: No stats available.


TUN: Erin Smith 15 points, 8 aces; Michelle Goodwin 10 kills, 10 service points, 6 digs; Ryleigh Fitch 6 service points, 2 aces.


North Pocono 3, Pittston Area 0

North Pocono`25`25`25


Pittston Area`15`10`15


NP: Amanda Hall 23 service points, 8 aces, 22 assists; Leah Jacobs 3 kills, 14 service points


PA: Kaitlyn Simiyan 7 blocks, 5 service points; Marley O’Brien 5 service points, 8 digs; Alia Gestle 4 service points, 2 aces, 6 digs.


Nanticoke 3, MMI Prep 0

Nanticoke`25`25`27


MMI Prep`19`18`25


NAN: Lauren Rinehimer 16 assists, 4 kills, 2 digs; Taylor Briggs 7 aces, 2 kills, 7 digs; Abby Zaykowski 1 ace, 6 kills, 2 digs


MMI: Kristen Purcel 10 kills, 19 digs, 13 service points, 3 aces, 2 blocks; Amber Ferry 17 assists, 2 service points, 1 kill; Emily Bogansky 3 kills, 1 assist, 6 service points, 1 ace; Maria Carrato 5 kills, 3 digs, 2 blocks, 1 assist.


Wyoming Valley West 3, GAR 2

GAR`13`13`25`25`13


Wyoming Valley West`25`25`12`23`15


GAR: Banessa Flores 17 assists, 7 digs; Jackie Rocha 5 kills, 3 digs, 2 blocks; Jocelyne Vazquez 4 kills, 5 aces, 7 digs


WVW: Gavyn Giza 13 kills, 6 blocks, 2 digs; Alexa Vargo 17 service points, 10 aces, 2 digs; Trudi Casier 12 service points, 7 aces, 5 digs.


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