Mountain View ends Wildcat win streak

Mountain View coach Dave Breese was well aware of Western Wayne’s 24-match Lackawanna League regular-season win streak.

“Yeah, because we took a couple of those beatings,” he said.

That wasn’t the case Tuesday (Apr. 22) evening.

Austin Mack had 31 assists and Chad Schmidt had 13 kills to lead the Eagles to a 3-1 victory over Western Wayne, avenging a 3-2 defeat earlier this season and handing the Wildcats their first regular-season league loss in nearly two years.

Their last loss had come April 30, 2012 at the hands of Lackawanna Trail.
“This was more of a team effort than any numbers could ever possibly represent,” Breese said.

In the first set, a Schmidt kill gave the Eagles a 19-12 lead, leading to a Western Wayne timeout. The Wildcats then went on a 9-3 run to cut the Eagles’ lead to one. But Mountain View kept its composure and scored the next three points to win, 25-21.

Western Wayne, however, controlled the second set. The Wildcats broke an 8-8 tie with an 11-4 run to give them a seven-point lead. Mountain View fought back to score the next five points and cut its deficit to 19-17. But Tyler Atcavage had three kills and Western Wayne scored six of the next seven points to win, 25-18, and tie the match.

Like Western Wayne did in the second set, Mountain View used a big run in the third to seize control. The Eagles scored seven straight points to take a 17-7 lead and went on to win, 25-16.

Mountain View then opened the fourth set by scoring the first seven points and seemed to be in control. Western Wayne didn’t back down, fighting all the way back to tie the score at 23.

On the next play, Patrick Miller, who led Western Wayne with 12 kills, came up with a huge spike to give his team a one-point lead and a chance at set-point. But Mountain View scored the next two points to take a one-point lead and give it a shot at match-point.

“This is huge, I credit all that to the teamwork,” Schmidt said. “We were building each other up throughout the game. Other games we got down and that hurt us, (but) this game we were up. We worked together and got it done.”

In other volleyball action last week:

Abington Heights, 3
Blue Ridge, 1

At Abington Heights, Austin French had 17 assists and five kills for Blue Ridge in the 3-1 loss to the Comets. Mark Oakley added nine kills and 10 digs and Kyle Ruenburgh had six kills and seven digs.

Susquehanna, 3
Lack. Trail, 0

At Susquehanna, Steve Frye had seven kills and seven digs and Melvin Batson had five digs for the Sabers. Brandon Rafferty had 12 assists for the winners.

Forest City, 3
Elk Lake, 0

At Forest City, Wade Loomis and Ryan Long each had eight kills to lead Forest City.
Logan McHale contributed 10 points and 13 assists for the Foresters and Noah Fedak had seven assists for the winners.

Abington Heights, 3
Mt. View, 1

Austin Mack had 34 assists and five digs for Mountain View, Lucas LaRue had 12 kills and five digs and Chad Schmidt had 10 kills and seven digs in a 3-1 Lackawanna League loss to Abington Heights.

Forest City, 3
Lack. Trail, 1

At Lackawanna Trail, Wayde Loomis had six points and eight kills to lead Forest City.
Logan McHale added 10 points and Ryan Long had five points, six digs and seven kills for the Foresters.

Western Wayne, 3
Susquehanna, 0

Nate Carpenter had nine kills for Susquehanna, while Johnny Fetter had five kills and Nick Lloyd had seven digs in a 3-0 loss to Western Wayne.

Blue Ridge, 3
Elk Lak, 0

At Blue Ridge, Austin French led the way with 13 assists and six aces, while Brad Palmatier had six kills and Kyle Bayle had 10 aces for the winners.