Pioneers sweep past Avon Grove
For Montgomery Media Christopher Dock volleyball coach Tim Mackey had a plan going into Tuesday night’s District One Class AAA playoff opener against
Avon Grove. Basically the plan was to contain Red Devils star Connor Lammey, who is the elite player in the Philadelphia area. It worked, maybe not as well as Mackey wanted, but it still worked well enough to get the seventhranked Pioneers a threegame sweep of No. 10 Avon Grove, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16.
“It’s a good way to start,” Mackey said. “In districts, a win is always good.”
How about that game plan?
“We were basically going to follow Connor wherever he went with two guys, if not three. Most of the time, it was two and he was still putting the ball away at will..
“Connor is the best of the best and he can keep you off your game plan for an entire match. We knew if we could get one or two digs or a block each game, we were going to be able to contain him.”
And, for the most part, the Pioneers did contain Lammey. As Mackey said, he still got his points but he couldn’t carry the entire Avon Grove team enough to win three games.
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“They came prepared,” said Mackey. “That’s probably the best they’ve played us all season.
“They did a lot of good things early on. They kept us off our game plan.
“We weren’t able to execute early. It took us a while to get started and we just slowly crept back in and were able to do some things.”
In the second game, the Pioneers and Red Devils traded points through much of the early going until Scott Broomall hit a return into the net, giving the Pioneers a 9-7 lead. Drew Kratz took things in hand at that point, serving for six straight points to put Dock up 15-7, a lead the Pioneers would not relinquish in that game.
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Game three was another back-and-forth affair. The Pioneers kept a one-point
Upper Dulin’s Julie Krass and North Penn’s Hannah Young battle for a loose ball near the Maidens goal during Tuesday’s District One Class AAAA playoff game.