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West Shamokin bows out of boys volleyball playoffs

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 11:27 p.m.

West Shamokin was knocked out of the WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball playoffs by Thomas Jefferson, 3-0, in a first-round game Tuesday at Penn-Trafford. It was the second straight first-round exit for the Wolves, who lost in straight sets by scores of 25-23, 25-15 and 25-19.

Ryan Dean and Brendon Glover each had five kills to lead the Wolves (5-8), who held an 18-13 lead in the first set before the Jaguars rallied to reach a quarterfinal against No. 2 Derry.

“I told my assistant coach that if we could win that first game, we'd win in four. We just couldn't close it out,” West Shamokin coach Scott Craig said. “That's been how it's been for us all year. If we get that first one, we play well all the way through.”

Adam Crise added team highs of 13 assists and 14 service points for West Shamokin, which overcame the loss of eight seniors from last season to finish third in Section 2-AA and make a repeat playoff appearance.

“I was pleasantly surprised with how we did this year,” Craig said. “We played well during parts of the year, but there were also parts when we showed we were pretty inexperienced. I'm pleased with the guys for getting us back to the playoffs, but I wouldn't say I'm satisfied.”

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