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Newcomer DelVal knocks off Comets

WRIGHT TWP.—Delaware Valley may be the new kid on the block, but the Warriors served notice Tuesday they are capable of making a strong run at the Wyoming Valley Conference championship.

Samantha Morgan and Christine Marks blasted 13 and 10 kills respectively, and Emily Dorko had three kills and eight blocks as the Warriors posted an impressive 3-0 victory over defending champion Crestwood. The scores were 27-25, 25-20, 28-26.

The Warriors (10-1), who were champions of the Lackawanna League last year before joining the WVC this season to find better competition, excelled in all phases of the game. They did an excellent job of digging up shots, their service play was outstanding, and Morgan rose to the occasion every time they needed a kill. And they unveiled a future star in Dorko, who always seemed to be at the right place at the right time.

Crestwood put up a serious challenge, pushing Delaware Valley to the limit in games 1 and 3. Marks said the Comets gave the Warriors all they could handle.

“We expected them to hit the ball, but obviously we came up with some blocks that went right back at them. Mostly we got in the right spots and our passing was really good.”

Delaware Valley’s tenacious defense caused problems for Crestwood star Jade Dudley, who had just five kills. Dudley unleashed several powerful slams that sailed out of bounds.

The teams played on even terms throughout most of game one, with the score tied three times down the stretch. The Warriors drew even at 23-23 on a rocket shot by Morgan. They wound up prevailing 27-25 on two unforced errors by the Comets.

Crestwood led throughout most of game 2, thanks largely to Marks’ hitting and Dorko’s defensive play. The Comets’ Jen Boone had a big-time block against Morgan in the early going, but Crestwood was unable to take advantage of it.

Crestwood blew a golden opportunity to win game 3, rushing out to a 14-6 lead and te Warriors kept their poise to come roaring back. They tied the score at 16-16 on a kill by Dorko, and took a 17-16 lead when Dorko stuffed Dudley.

Delaware Valley went on to win 28-26 on a block by Dorko. “We picked up on what they were doing and made the proper adjustments,” Dorko said.

According to Morgan, the Warriors didn’t panic when they fell behind in game 3. “We just kept communicating with each other, and we played hard.”

Crestwood simply got outhustled, said Boone, who paced the Comets with nine kills.

“We didn’t play with enough heart. Morgan hurt us with her hits. She’s a lot more powerful than she looks.”

Jessica Kansky had three kills and five service points for Crestwood, and Kyle Henry had 10 digs. Tyler Crawford had 21 assists and 21 digs for the Warriors.

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