NANTICOKE — There would be no five-game thriller this time. Instead, it was a dominating effort by Nanticoke.
The Trojans were clicking on all cylinders and rode a big night from Kayley Schinski en route to a 3-0 victory over Dallas in a District 2 Class 2A volleyball quarterfinal.
Nanticoke will face off with Crestwood in Friday's semifinals. The Comets were a 3-0 winner over Lake-Lehman in the first match of a twinbill at Nanticoke.
We've been practicing hard, and the girls have been pretty cooperative in practice, Nanticoke coach Deb Krupinski said They've been working hard on offense and defense, and we've been putting in some new stuff.
What a difference one week makes.
In the final week of the regular season, the Trojans went to Dallas and needed a gigantic rally in the fourth game to escape the Back Mountain with a 3-2 victory. That win allowed Nanticoke to earn the No. 2 seed in the eight-team bracket.
This time, there was little drama.
Last time we played them, they were hot and everywhere, Krupinski said. They were double-blocking, and we struggled with it. Tonight, I think they were just off. They have a great team, and they have a good defense. Maybe it was because of the weather because you don't know how many practices they were able to hold. You just have no idea.
They were probably playing with some things on their heads tonight.
The Trojans jumped out to a 19-10 lead in the first game, and opened the second on a 12-4 run.
Dallas made it interesting in the third, leading 8-6, only to see Krupinski's squad put together a 13-2 spurt.
Our serving was on tonight. We did get kind of sloppy in that third set, Krupinski said. We had to call a time-out in the third set because we had to re-arrange some attitudes. We were OK after that.
The Mountaineers just struggled offensively.
It started with the back-row pass, which scattered to all areas of the court – making it difficult to get into any offense rhythm.
At times, there was no communication as balls dropped between defenders.
We didn't play as a team. We played as individuals. It was just a letdown all around, Dallas coach Meredith Ohl said. We didn't have communication, and we just lacked the teamwork that we've had all season.
We lacked some purpose on our passes. I think that we just didn't respond with that first ball.
It was a big night for the Schinski girls.
Senior Kayley had a match-high 11 kills and three aces, while freshman Kassie added four kills and a match-high four aces. Junior Kendell chipped in with three kills and three aces.
Dallas was paced by Tanner Englehart's eight kills.
They have all worked hard and all put themselves in a position where Dallas hasn't been in a very long time because of their efforts, Ohl said of her team's 10 seniors.
They should be proud of the season they made for themselves.
District 2 Class 2A quarterfinal
Nanticoke 3, Dallas 0
: Tanner Englehart, 8 kills; Marlee Nelson, 4 kills, 1 ace. NAN
: Kayley Schinski, 11 kills, 3 aces; Nancy Adkins, 6 kills, 2 aces; Alexandra Brassington, 24 assists