Wednesday, September 29, 2010

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Undefeated North Penn sweeps Dock

By Christiaan DeFranco

TOWAMENCIN — On the far side of the court, North Penn’s Devon Redilla leapt and spiked the ball over the net. It was a blistering killshot — her 13th of the night — and with that, the unbeaten Maidens dispatched Christopher Dock in straight sets.

25-12, 25-9, 25-19.

Easy peasy.

Tuesday’s victory, which came against the reigning District 1-A champs, improved the North Penn girls volleyball team to 9-0. North Penn, which reached the District 1-AAA playoffs a year ago, looks even better this season.

“Tonight shows that every girl is playing hard on every point,” Maidens coach Bryan Yost said of his squad. “They want to keep getting better.”

Redilla also had 14 digs and three aces against Dock (4-5), which is still trying to find its footing this fall. Kendra Allen had 31 assists as well as seven aces and three kills. Lindsay Edgar recorded six kills, and Nicole Kratz had five kills and four aces.

“We have a bunch of hitters,” Yost said. “Everybody on this team can hit. We have weapons all over the floor.”

Corina Reeser led the Pioneers with eight kills to go along with seven digs. Katelyn Richter also made seven digs, and Nikki Reichert had 13 assists.

“We’re still growing,” said Dock coach Tim Mackey, whose club has several new starters adjusting to their roles. “We need to do a better job with our serve receiving. That’s what the game is all about. If you don’t do that, you can’t set up shots.”

The Pioneers, who will host MaST Charter on Thursday at 3:45 p.m., led just once against North Penn — midway through the third set. The first two sets were never in doubt for the Maidens.

“I think our serving has been good, but we need to keep learning to play faster,” Redilla said. “Last year when we got to the playoffs, the game was a lot faster and we weren’t ready for that. We want to go farther this year.”

Yost credits his girls’ elevated tempo and aggressiveness to their hot start, and also cites the team’s chemistry.

“Most of them have been playing together for a few years now, which makes a big difference,” Yost said.

Plus, as Redilla put it, “everybody loves everybody,” so there is a fun energy on the club.

North Penn (6-0 SOL Continental), which will host Central Bucks East at 5 p.m. on Thursday, won 12 of the first 16 points in the first set against Dock and never looked back.

The second set was tied at 6 before the Maidens went on a 19-3 run to close it out.

After trailing by four points early in the third set, the Pioneers tied it at 9-9 before briefly going ahead. They never led by more than two points, and North Penn eventually recovered and pulled away to sweep the contest.

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