Pi­o­neers sweep past Avon Grove

North Penn Life - - SPORT - By Ben Reese

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.

The Red Devils ar­rived at Dock with their own game plan and it worked well for PuFK RI WKH fiUsW JDPH. 7KH PLRnHHUs nHYHU OHG Ln WKH fiUsW game un­til late when Travis Hoover served them from a 20-17 GH­fiFLW WR D 23-20 OHDG.

“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.

Avon Grove got back into the game a bit, run­ning off three straight points to nar­row the gap to 18-14 and later to 19-16. But Dock kept pil­ing on points in­clud­ing WKH finDO WKUHH RI WKH JDPH with Hoover nailing down WKH finDO SRLnW.

Game three was an­other back-and-forth af­fair. The Pi­o­neers kept a one-point

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSO­RAS

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.

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