By Daniel Paulling
Here are a few items that didn’t make it into my story about Delone’s PIAA Class AA semifinal win against Pope John Paul II.
Senior Allie Mondorff on what’s different from this team after losing four starters from last season: “Honestly, it’s the way the team gets together, compared to last year when it was a little iffy. We’re all friends. We can all talk to each other. It’s a good combination.”
Pope John Paul II coach Ryan Sell on first two games, which his team lost before rallying: “Mistakes. We had a lot of hitting errors the first game and receiving errors the second game. You can’t give teams like that 14 or 15 points. We cut back on those and it showed.”
Mondorff on losing third and fourth games: “We just kind of lost our momentum. We started to play on the defense rather than the offense. It went down a little. We had to pick it back up.”
Delone coach Jason Leppo on his feelings late in Tuesday’s match: “In hindsight, I was feeling comfortable and maybe I should’ve felt worried. The way we played, anytime you start a game against a team like this, it’s a feeling out process. It’s almost like a boxing match, trading punches. Towards the end of game one and through game two, that was an absolute clinic on our end. But (Pope John Paul II) responded like a team of that caliber would. I think we got a little jittery. They took advantage of it.”
Leppo on leading up to the state title match: “Like I told them, there’s going to be a lot of distractions the next couple of days. There’s going to be a lot of people telling you how great it is. All those things will be there for us whether we win or lose Saturday. There’s still one more match left out there. That’s what we’re going to try to prepare for the next couple of days.”